- Published: Tuesday, 20 January 2015 07:52
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I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time.
I used to be a prolific blogger. In the days before Facebook emerged as the social media hangout of choice, I routinely posted on my blog at least two or three times a week, riffing on many of the themes covered in my 2006 book, Reconciliation Blues, which explores the intersection of race and Christianity. The blog became my springboard for interacting with the issues of the day—from politics and religion to pop culture and technology. During the dawn of Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, there was plenty to talk about, and I met many new friends through our online exchanges.
Once platforms like Facebook and Twitter took off, however, the frequency of my posts dropped. The ease of sharing opinions on social media and the ubiquity of inflamed opinions everywhere felt overwhelming. How easy it became to spout off with indignation about any passing controversy. With the tap of a virtual button, we could make sweeping pronouncements about the world in 140 characters or less.
- Published: Monday, 19 January 2015 08:08
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[Diocese of Atlanta] Atlanta’s Bishop Rob Wright took a page out of history Wednesday and spent Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with city sanitation workers.
“Dr. King spent his last hours on earth advocating for garbage workers, and it only seems right that I mark his birthday by spending it with those in similar circumstances,” Bishop Wright said at the 7 a.m. roll call.
- Published: Sunday, 18 January 2015 07:41
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, was born on January 15, 1929, and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Since 1986, the United States has celebrated King’s birthday each year as a national holiday on the third Monday of January. The Episcopal Church also commemorates the day of King’s death, April 4, each year on the liturgical calendar.
King emerged as one of the prominent civil rights leaders in the 1950s-1960s, incorporating Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings of civil disobedience and nonviolence in the attempt to end racial segregation and racial discrimination in the United States.
In 1967 King wrote “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?” a book in which he described his dreams for America’s future, which included better education and jobs, and decent housing. The Episcopal Church’s offices of Racial Reconciliation and Justice and Advocacy believe that the question King asks in the title of his book still resonates today. Their blog “A Way Forward: Reflections, Resources & Stories Concerning Ferguson, Racial Justice & Reconciliation,” explains:
“The shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 continues to reverberate in Missouri, the United States and around the globe. The aftermath of the shooting raised questions about race, structural racism, racial justice, and criminal justice throughout the United States.”
- Published: Friday, 16 January 2015 18:47
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The book announcement and interview below is courtesy of Deepening Friendship....
There are a lot of page-a-day books out there, but sometimes you find one that contains not only inspiration but substance. Jennifer Grant’s new book, Wholehearted Living, is available now—a perfect gift for 2015. Make it a gift for yourself or for someone else. In this video, Amy Andrews, co-author of Love & Salt, interviews Jen (I was out of town).
- Published: Sunday, 11 January 2015 12:41
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The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord is celebrated each year on the Sunday following the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. The event of Christ’s baptism is recorded in all four gospel accounts:
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’” (Mark 1:9-11).
“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased’” (Luke 3:21-22).
“The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God’” (John 1:29-34).
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:13-17).
- Published: Tuesday, 06 January 2015 12:34
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On January 6, the Episcopal Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany, which begins the six-week season of Epiphany. Epiphany recognizes the manifestation of the divine in Jesus, the Christ and recalls the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt to escape the tyranny of King Herod, who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem.
Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were refugees.
The Holy Family’s experience is mirrored today in the plight of more than 50 million displaced persons worldwide, including nearly 17 million refugees.
Many are in camps in places such as Rwanda, Kenya and Jordan, hoping that someday it will be safe enough to return to their communities. Some, however, find that they must journey to a new country to begin again. For 70,000 refugees in 2014, that journey brought them to the United States.
For the first four weeks of Epiphany (Jan. 11 – Feb. 1), Episcopal Migration Ministries is offering free, video-based lesson plans, available on the Lesson Plans That Work website. The journey of a refugee is never easy. Someday these journeys may no longer be necessary; someday persecution and violence may cease to drive displacement and rob refugees of their communities and nations.
Until that day, please join the #ShareTheJourney campaign with Episcopal Migration Ministries to work toward safer, brighter futures for refugees. #ShareTheJourney is a multimedia effort to educate, form and equip Episcopalians to engage in loving service with resettled refugees and to become prophetic witnesses and advocates on behalf of refugees, asylees, migrants and displaced persons throughout the world.
For 75 years, the Episcopal Church has welcomed and supported refugees in the U.S. Working in partnership with Episcopal faith communities as well as with governments, non-government organizations (NGOs) and a network of affiliate offices, Episcopal Migration Ministries provides safe passage, vital services, hospitality and friendship for thousands of refugee families resettling in the U.S. every year.
- Published: Friday, 02 January 2015 19:49
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Saint John’s Bible opening ceremony and reception
- Published: Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:10
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