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Colleagues List, January 20th, 2019

Vol. XIV No. 27

GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE


Wayne A. Holst, Editor
My E-Mail Address:
wholst@telus.net

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Dear  Friends:

Welcome to my latest edition of Colleagues List.
I hope you will enjoy my special item on how we
celebrated Christmas Eve in Northern Canada and
experienced the life of an intentional mainline
Protestant ecumenical congregation. I see it as
a model for many other locations across Canada.


Of course, you will find other global, ecumenical and
inter-faith articles and reflections here, so please keep
reading.

At the end of this mailing, you will find a new outline
of our Adult Spiritual Development (ACTS  Ministry)
program at the church I serve, St. David's United,
in Calgary.

Wayne

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SPECIAL ITEM

My Anglican Journal column for January, 2019

"Celebrating Community in Canada's North"

https://tinyurl.com/ycakcjxo


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COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS

Martin Marty,
Chicago, IL

Sightings,
January 14th, 2019

"Religion in the Years Ahead"
  https://tinyurl.com/yb5krdwl


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Elfrieda Schroeder,
Winnipeg, MB

In Transit
January 17th, 2019

"Christmas in Retrospect"
 
https://tinyurl.com/yczgrzv7

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Jim Taylor,
Okanagan, BC

Personal Web Blog
January 16th, 2019

"Singing is Breathing Together"
  https://tinyurl.com/yasw4hy5


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Mark Whttall
Ottawa, ON

Sermons and Blog
January 11th, 2019

"Making Change Possible"
  https://tinyurl.com/y7f3t7hj

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Ron Rolheiser,
San Antonio, TX

Personal Web Site
January 14th, 20è19

"Wendy Beckett - R.I.P."
  https://tinyurl.com/ya7h28un

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NET NOTES

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AND ANNE FRANK
Contemporaries With a Common Legacy

Religion News Service,
January 17th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/yanpjczm

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FAITH MAKES FOR A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Scientific Study Supports Religious Practice

Religion News Service,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/ya9hyokg

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KENYAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS CONDEMN ATTACK
Islamic Terrorist Group Claims Responsibility

Religion News Service,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/ycyn6swr

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WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAY BEFORE THEY DIE
Assessment of the End-of-Life Study
"On the Threshold"

The Atlantic,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/ybkd5cjh

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HOW TO SAVE WESTERN CIVILIZATION - AGAIN
A Column by Joan Chittister

National Catholic Reporter,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/y7n2lkbd

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HINDUS GATHER FOR LARGEST EVER
HUMAN RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL
120 Million People Expected

The Guardian,
January 15th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/y9pl34cn

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AFTER 24 YEARS,  A NEW TRANSLATION
OF THE HEBREW BIBLE
Interview With Robert Alter

National Public Radio
January 14th, 2019


Interview:
https://tinyurl.com/y72h8ec5


Englewood Review of Books
January 18th, 2019


Article:
https://tinyurl.com/ybmhmqcj

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CHINA RAMPS UP ITS
BRAINWASHING CAMPAIGN IN TIBET
Outdated Methods Still Being Used

UCA News,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/y8r2uvvx

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WHY WE NEED BOTH GOD AND MEDICINE
TO OVERCOME TRAUMA
Prayer, an Important Form of Self-Care

America Magazine,
January 16th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/y7oxr4pa

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WOMEN STRIVE FOR LARGER ROLES
IN MALE-DOMINATED RELIGIONS
#MeToo Movement has had
Significant Influence

Religion News Service,
January 15th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/y73ellq5

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WISDOM OF THE WEEK

Provided by Sojourners and the Bruderhof

We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.

- Martin Luther King Jr

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You can have the other word - chance, luck,
coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace.
 
I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it. 
 
- Mary Oliver

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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their
hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once
hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

- James Baldwin

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If humans are to fully attain their destinies, so far
as earthly development permits this – if they are
to become truly whole, unbroken units – they must
feel and know themselves to be one, not only with
God and humanity, but also with nature.

- Friedrich Fröbel

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At first sight, the situation of this world suggests despair.
For Christians, however, the last word is always hope.
Despite everything, we have no use for a misleading or
alienating hope that looks only to eternal life – as though
eternity didn’t start here and now, because it is here and
now that we build an eternal life.

- Dom Helder Camara

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The human hand – this bundle of bones, flesh, and
nerves – think of all it can do. It can bless or curse.
It can draw blood or bind a wound. It is gentle, agitated,
vicious; supplicating, ardent, tender. It can weld an iron
bridge or caress a child’s head. It possesses the power
to both harm and heal.

- Karl Joseph Friedrich

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I believe that standing up for the truth of God is the
greatest thing in the world. This is the end of life.
The end of life is not to be happy. The end of life
is not to achieve pleasure and avoid pain.

The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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Preserving a gentle spirit in a heartless world takes
extraordinary courage, determination, and resilience.
Do not underestimate the power of gentleness
because gentleness is strength wrapped in peace,
and therein lies the power to change the world.

- L.R. Knost

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To be grateful for the good things that happen in our
lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives –
the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as
well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well
as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections –
that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly
grateful people when we can say thank you to all that
has brought us to the present moment.…Let us not
be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to
where we are now and trust that we will soon see in
it the guiding hand of a loving God.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen

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CLOSING THOUGHT - Austin Channing Brown

Anger is not inherently destructive.
My anger can be a force for good.

My anger can be creative and imaginative,
seeing a better world that doesn’t yet exist.
It can fuel a righteous movement toward
justice and freedom.
 
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For those interested:
 
ST. DAVID'S ACTS  WINTER MONDAY NIGHT BOOK STUDY

A Ten Week Series January 14th - March 18, 2019
Monday Evenings, TM Room 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"THE GREAT SPIRITUAL MIGRATION"
  How the World's Largest Religion is
  Seeking a Better Way to be Christian

Author: Brian D. McLaren

Registration/Hospitality and Book: $60.00.
Book only: $25.00
 
45 copies of the book were made available for sale.
All but 3 are now sold. Total on-site registrations: 37
(plus 3 on-line participants). Grand Total: 40

Here are power point notes from each session:
https://tinyurl.com/ycz5wf72

Book Description - https://tinyurl.com/ybeaaceq
 
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Some stats:

Autumn, 2018 Program -
 
Total class registrations: 42
Total books sold: 57

This class experienced our highest registrations, ever!

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ST. DAVID'S SPIRITUAL TRAVELERS TOUR, 2019
East Europe and Russia were chosen as our destinations!


This will be our fifth Spiritual Travelers Tour, with a
group emerging from St. David's but very open to others.
 
The Tour is entitled: "From Vienna to Moscow"

We plan a twenty-day tour that combines a focus
on spirituality, culture and the relationship between
religion and politics. The tour will run from April 26th
through May 16th, 2019.

https://tinyurl.com/y834742f

A beautiful brochure with trip cost, itinerary, and
many helpful travel hints has been published.


https://tinyurl.com/y7j55gym

Our trip sale reached an important milestone
as 38 persons registered, helping us to surpass
our optimal goal of 30 passengers.

30 travelers had paid their trip fare as of the deadline:
January 15th, 2019. This will be our travel group.

Our Canadian tour company is Rostad Tours, Calgary.
Contact Rostad Tours: http://www.rostad.com/

Phone 1-800-361-8687 or 403-238-4090.

Follow these notices for weekly updates.

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ST. DAVID'S ACTS THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
 
Our theme this winter: Hebrew Biblical History -
 
"I and II Kings"  

Ten Sessions - January 24th-March 28th, 2019

Gathering at 9:30 AM in the St. David's TM Room
and meeting 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

No charge

Study resource -

"The DK Complete Bible Handbook"
  Edited by John Bowker


http://tinyurl.com/odxlv7q
 
 

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