Patriarchs of the East
Patriarchs of the East

At the heart of a Middle East soaked in blood, the Patriarchs of the East published a press release condemning conflicts and violence which overwhelm the entire region, and most particularly the persecution of innocents and Christians. The religious fundamentalism, and those who feed it through financing its armed movements, affecting the balance and stability in the region, is unequivocally denounced. The Patriarchs therefore send forth an urgency plea to the international community.
Following a brotherly invitation by His Beatitude and Eminence Cardinal Bishara Butros al Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and of the whole East for Maronites, Their Beatitudes the Patriarchs of Eastern Churches convened at the Patriarchal Palace of Dymane, on 7 August 2014. Among the attendants :
- Catholicos Aram Kshishian I, Catholicos of Beit Kilika for Orthodox Armenians ;
- Patriarch Gregorius Lahham III, Patriarch of Antioch and of the East, of Alexandria and of Jerusalem for Greek Catholics ;
- Patriarch Yuhanna Al Yazajee X, Patriarch of Antioch and of the East for Greek Orthodox ;
- Patriarch Mar Aghnatios Yousef Younan III, Patriarch of Antioch for the Syrians ;
- Patriarch Mar Aghnatios Afram II, Patriarch of Antioch and of the East for Orthodox Assyrians ;
- Patriarch Narcis Bedros XIX, Catholicos and Patriarch of Kilika for Catholic Armenians ;
- the representative of Patriarch Louis Raphael Sakko I, Patriarch of Babel for Chaldeans ; and Bishop Shlimon Wardouni, Patriarchal Vicar.

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Call for Papers

Twenty Five Years Later. History and Memory of Communism

The International Conference of Bucharest

20 and 21 November 2014

Organizers: Memoria Cultural Foundation, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exil (IICCMER)

Partners: Francophone Regional Center of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (CeReFREA), National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)

Conference Committee:

Convenors: Claudia-Florentina Dobre (Memoria Cultural Foundation, CEREFREA), Valeriu Antonovici (SNSPA)

Advisory Board : Cosmin Budeancă (general manager, IICCMER), Liliana Deyanova (Professor, Department of Sociology, St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University), Micaela Ghiţescu (Director, Memoria Cultural Foundation), Adrian Miroiu (Professor SNSPA), Radu Preda (Executive President, IICCMER), Liviu Rotman (Professor SNSPA), Izabela Skórzyńska (Associated Professor of History at the ‘Adam Mickiewicz’ University of Poznań), Anna Wachowiak (Professor at the Higher School of Humanities, Szczecin). Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 22 August 2014

Despre ură ca materie primă a bloggingului

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Originally posted on Vaisamar:

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Din când în când cunoscuți și prieteni îmi semnalează prin email diverse postări din blogosferă care privesc persoana mea. Nu mă consider atât de important încât să se vorbească despre mine, însă câțiva proprietari de mahala blogosferică sunt de altă părere. Au făcut, se pare, o pasiune isterică pentru mine și m-au transformat în subiect de discuții şi comentarii. Am devenit, fără voia mea, locatar în universul lor sufletesc. De fapt, nu eu am devenit, ci o anumită proiecție a mea în blogosferă. Nu persoana, ci persona mea a devenit „interlocutorul” lor (precum „Wilson”, mingea de baschet din Cast Away). Sunt, așadar, personajul cu care polemizează, pe care îl iau în răspăr, îl ironizează, îl incriminează ori chiar îl demit din funcție după cum le dictează mecanica digestivă sau circulația umorilor în organism.

Deși s-ar putea discuta atâtea subiecte interesante care țin de sfera evanghelică, domnii cu pricina preferă…

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Posted by: DanutM | 21 August 2014

Does Pope Francis Support War? Don’t Be So Sure

American airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq
American airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq (source, AP)

Media was rampant these days with suggestions that Pope Francis supports war in Iraq (Fox News, USA Today, Business Insider, etc.). But is it really so.

Here is verbatum the question he received, and here is the actual response he gave.

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Q. You know that recently the U.S. forces have started bombing the terrorists in Iraq, to prevent a genocide, to protect minorities, including Catholics who are under your guidance. My question is this: do you approve the American bombing?

A. Thanks for such a clear question. In these cases where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say this: it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means. With what means can they be stopped? These have to be evaluated. To stop the unjust aggressor is licit.

But we must also have memory. How many times under this excuse of stopping an unjust aggressor the powers [that intervened] have taken control of peoples, and have made a true war of conquest.

One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor. After the Second World War there was the idea of the United Nations. It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. How do we stop him? Only that, nothing more.

Secondly, you mentioned the minorities. Thanks for that word because they talk to me about the Christians, the poor Christians. It’s true, they suffer. The martyrs, there are many martyrs. But here there are men and women, religious minorities, not all of them Christian, and they are all equal before God.
To stop the unjust aggressor is a right that humanity has, but it is also a right that the aggressor has to be stopped so that he does not do evil.

(Source, HERE)

 

 

Posted by: DanutM | 20 August 2014

Richard Rohr – Naked Before God

God is giving you the broadest and deepest permission you can receive: to give back to God who you really are—warts and all. And your willingness to offer that, knowing it will be received, brings you to tears on at least two levels. First for your own incapacity—I can’t do it! Lord, have mercy on me. That’s the only honest way to begin to pray: I don’t know how to pray!

Then there’s a second level of tears, which is total gratitude. I hope you’ve had that moment from one beloved partner or friend: when you know you’ve just done a really stupid thing, but they don’t judge you and they don’t dismiss you. They just look at you with soft eyes and receive you. It’s the tears of immense release and joy and happiness—that there’s a heart out there big enough to receive what I can’t receive, to forgive what I can’t forgive. That is what makes you fall in love with God. If you’re on the spiritual journey, that will happen many times. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 20 August 2014

The Man Who Stopped the Desert

From a harsh, uncompromising land comes a story of hope…
Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Africa has succeeded where international agencies failed. Over the last twenty years he has successfully battled against nature, and man, to become a pioneer in the fight against desertification.

But Yacouba’s struggle is not simply an agricultural story, it is pure drama. It is about one man’s conviction that now has the potential to benefit many thousands living in the Sahel region of Africa.

“Yacouba’s story is both incredibly timely and important given the current crisis in many parts of the world with desertification. It is also rare to find a conservation story with such an upbeat and inspirational ending”.
National Geographic Channels, International

The Man Who Stopped the Desert is a beautifully filmed, emotional roller coaster that will leave you moved and inspired.
DVDs and Blu-ray versions are available by visiting:
http://www.1080films.co.uk/Yacoubamovie

Posted by: DanutM | 20 August 2014

Trey Ratcliff – Bejing from Above

Tray writes: ‘I wrote a full story about this video and getting detailed by the Chinese police! Check http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2014/06… – I also have more about how I made the video, equipment, etc etc. This music is by the great Jon Hopkins. This song is called “A Drifting Up.”‘

Posted by: DanutM | 20 August 2014

Richard Rohr – The Trinity as a Circle Dance

Perichoresis

The fourth-century Cappadocian Fathers tried to communicate this notion of life as mutual participation by calling the Trinitarian flow a “circle dance” (perichoresis) between the three. They were saying that whatever is going on in God is a flow that’s like a dance; and God is not just the dancer, God is the dance itself! The Incarnation is a movement—Jesus comes forth from the Father and the Holy Spirit to take us back with him into this eternal embrace, from which we first came (John 14:3). We are invited to join in the dance and have participatory knowledge of God through the Trinity.

Trinity is the very nature of God, and this God is a circle dance, a centrifugal force flowing outward, and then drawing all things into the dance centripetally. If this God names himself/herself in creation and in reality then there must be a “family resemblance” between everything else and the nature of the heart of God. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 20 August 2014

Iacov 3:1-18 după Biblia bloggerului

DanutM:

Eugen ne ofera – nici nu se putea un moment mai potrivit – o versiune bloggeristica a unui text relevant din Epistola lui Iacov.
Lectura placuta. :-) Si, de ce nu, cainta ziditoare.

Originally posted on Chibzuieli:

Sursa: Wikimedia Commons. Autor: Unuplusunu

Sursa: Wikimedia Commons. Autor: Unuplusunu

Meditația zilei, după ultimele postări și comentarii pe blog, urmează textul din Iacov:

Frații mei, să nu fiți mulți bloggeri [n.ed. Există o formă românizată a acestui cuvânt?], căci știți că vom primi o judecată mai aspră. Toți greșim în multe feluri. Dacă nu greșește cineva când bloghează, este un om desăvârșit, și poate să-și țină în frâu tot trupul.

De pildă, dacă punem cailor frâul în gură, ca să ne asculte, le cârmuim tot trupul. Iată, și corăbiile, cit de mari sunt, și, măcar că sunt mânate de vânturi iuți, totuși sunt cârmuite de o cârmă foarte mică, după gustul cârmaciului.

Tot așa și tastatura computerului, este un neînsemnat periferial electronic, fără prea multă inteligență computațională în ea însăși, și se fălește cu lucruri mari. Iată, un foc mic ce pădure mare aprinde!

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desmond_tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.

The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.

If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world.

A quarter of a century ago, I participated in some well-attended demonstrations against apartheid. I never imagined we’d see demonstrations of that size again, but last Saturday’s turnout in Cape Town was as big if not bigger. Participants included young and old, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, blacks, whites, reds and greens … as one would expect from a vibrant, tolerant, multicultural nation.

I asked the crowd to chant with me: “We are opposed to the injustice of the illegal occupation of Palestine. We are opposed to the indiscriminate killing in Gaza. We are opposed to the indignity meted out to Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks. We are opposed to violence perpetrated by all parties. But we are not opposed to Jews.” Read More…

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Geng He, wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng,
speaks at a press conference. ‎January‎ ‎18‎, ‎2011(Nina Lincoff/Medill News Service / Flickr / Creative Commons)

Prominent defender of persecuted Christians, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Gao Zhisheng was released from prison last week after his most recent three-year sentence. But doubt remains over whether he will be allowed to leave the country to be with his family in the United States.

Zhisheng, 50, is a Christian lay leader as well as a Beijing-based lawyer. He came to prominence for defending activists and religious minorities before Chinese authorities closed down his law practice in 2005, and arrested him for ‘subversion’ a year later, a charge that is often used by China against government critics. Read More…

Yesidis in Peace Cathedral, Tbilisi1

 

18 August 2014

Dear Friends,

 

Today we had a very moving service in the Peace Cathedral. We had a liturgy in solidarity with Yezidi people.
It was attended by Yezdi religious and secular leaders both from Georgia and Iraq. The refugees from Iraq spoke
with the tears on their eyes of all the atrocities that have seen and experienced.

 

“Yours is the only church which has given solidarity in our suffering” told me Dim Firbar, the religious leaders of
Yezidi community. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

Doan Thanh Liem – Justice and Dignity for All of Us

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Celebrating the 60 th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

In view of commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR : 1948-2008), the United Nations has adopted this motto “Justice and Dignity for All of us” as the theme to launch worldwide action for the promotion and protection of Human Rights in the year 2008.

As we all have known it, at the proclaiming of the UDHR in Paris on Decenber 10, 1948, Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, the prestigious American First Lady had unequivocally qualified it as “the Magna Carta for all mankind”. And it took almost 30 years later for the UN to promulgate in 1976 “The International Bill of Human Rights” that consists of the UDHR and two International Covenants, one on “Economic,Social, and Cultural Rights” and another on “Civil and Political Rights”. This Bill is the first universal document ever attained by mankind all over our planet guaranteeing the respect of human rights and dignity. It really gives us hope for a more peaceful and compassionate world that is worthy of the supreme value of human being.

And in recent thirty years, thousands of Human Rights Advocacy organisations have boomed everywhere in the world to serve as an valuable counterpart/counterbalance in demanding national/local governments to respect human rights of their own citizen. Remarkably such non-governmental organisations as Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), Green Peace (GP) etc…have served as solid components for the emerging “Global Civil Society” that eventually could help deal better with complex situation in our present day world, for the benefit of the most underpriviledged, downtrodden people under whatever politically oppressive environment in any particular country.   Read More…

Oscar Romero
Oscar Romero

‘Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador, was gunned down in 1980 while celebrating Mass. He had spoken out against repression by the Salvadoran army at the beginning of the country’s 1980-1992 civil war between the right-wing government and leftist rebels.

Francis told journalists traveling home from South Korea that Romero’s case had previously been “blocked out of prudence” by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith but has now been “unblocked.” He said the case had passed to the Vatican’s saint-making office.

The congregation launched a crackdown on liberation theology under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, fearing what was deemed as Marxist s excesses. The movement holds the view that Jesus’ teachings imbue followers with a duty to fight for social and economic justice.

Francis said of Romero’s case that “it is important to do it quickly,” but that the investigation must take its course.

He declared that Romero “was a man of God”…’

Read more HERE.

Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

Richard Rohr – The Dance of Intimacy

A relationship demands two. So the first step in the dance of intimacy is an appropriate sense of self. We all know stories about teenagers or even older people who give themselves away to another person in the hope of finding themselves. It never works, of course, but it’s not their fault. They must not have gotten those mirror neurons from the gaze of love to know who they were. So they think this handsome man or this beautiful woman is going to take care of me and is going to give me my identity.

In the story of Moses and the burning bush, there is first of all an allurement, a seduction and attraction, a fascinating experience (the bush that is burning but not consumed). Moses is attracted to it. Then Yahweh says, “Take off your shoes. Come no nearer.” God is not calling Moses to enmeshment or loss of his own self. Yahweh is telling Moses, “I know who I am, and you are about to enter into an experience of the sacred with me, but stand your ground. Come no nearer.” God honors the other as distinct. So love is not absorption, love is not a martyr complex where you let other people use you. When you know your inherent divine identity, you are truly ready to participate in the sacred dance of intimacy. And in the dance of love there must be at least two.

Adapted from Intimacy: The Divine Ambush , disc 2 and 4
(CD, MP3 download)

Gateway to Silence:
The gaze of God receives me exactly as I am.

George-Orwell
George Orwell

This essay was published in originally published in the Evening Standard on January 12, 1946, and later included in the indispensable 1968 anthology George Orwell: As I Please, 1943-1945: The Collected Essays, Journalism & Letters, Vol 3.

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First of all, one should use Indian or Ceylonese tea. China tea has virtues which are not to be despised nowadays — it is economical, and one can drink it without milk — but there is not much stimulation in it. One does not feel wiser, braver or more optimistic after drinking it. Anyone who has used that comforting phrase ‘a nice cup of tea’ invariably means Indian tea.

Secondly, tea should be made in small quantities — that is, in a teapot. Tea out of an urn is always tasteless, while army tea, made in a cauldron, tastes of grease and whitewash. The teapot should be made of china or earthenware. Silver or Britannia ware teapots produce inferior tea and enamel pots are worse; though curiously enough a pewter teapot (a rarity nowadays) is not so bad.

Thirdly, the pot should be warmed beforehand. This is better done by placing it on the hob than by the usual method of swilling it out with hot water. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

Plan vs Reality

Plan vs Reality

I dedicate this to my World Vision colleagues. They know why. :-)

Many in the Western world, especially among Christians, are asking why Muslims are not condemning terrorism. As if this would be a self-evident fact.

They at least ask. There is, however, even among Christians, especially those of a more fundamentalist persuasion, a growing number of people who are simply accusing Muslims that, in fact, they are not only NOT condemning violence in the name of Allah, but in fact they are condoning it. And, tho this, they add that violence and terrorism is intrinsic to the Muslim faith and the Qur’an.

Such people are guilty of conveniently forgetting the violence done in the past, or present, by Christians, in the name of their own faith,  from the Crusades, to the present so-called ‘war on terror’, as well as the violence and terrorism used by Jews, in the name of Yahweh, either in the so-called Joshua genocide, or the use of sheer terrorism in Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, in 1948. Not to speak of Israel’s state terrorism during the present bloody war in Gaza.

This being the case, it is good for us to listen to the voice of moderate Muslims, as we may learn a thing or two from them. During my work for World Vision, I had myself the privilege of meeting a few such moderate voices, among which I have to mentioned Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan, from Pakistan, who paid with his life for his convictions and his actions on behalf of peace and inter-faith reconciliation.

I copy here below a set of questions that Hind Makki, a Muslim journalist in Chicago, suggests we should ask before wondering if Muslims condemn or not violence in the name of Islam (an example of which you can see in the video clip above). Here are the questions: Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

Saint Exupery în “Citadela”

DanutM:

O colectie de citate din Citadela lui Exupery, una dintre cartile mele de capatii, la care imi tot propun sa revin.

Originally posted on Blog de veghe:

Cei care n-au citit “Citadela” lui Antoine de Saint Exupery vor avea o revelaţie.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

Precum în magia de cea mai bună calitate, “Citadela” le va  deschide ochii sufletului, dincolo de cuvinte, oferind totdeauna răspunsul potrivit la orice întrebare.
Pentru cei care o cunosc, o recitire a acestui alt fel de Biblie, una laică, dar nu mai puţin consistentă ideatic, va fi, sigur, o bucurie.

Spunea cineva că “Citadela” este o cetate a sufletului uman, o împărăţie a înţelepciunii. Nu greşea. Cu siguranţă, e una din cele mai inspirate cărţi care s-au scris vreodată. Toţi oamenii, indiferent de vârstă, nivel de educaţie şi inteligenţă, vor înţelege exact ce le este accesibil, în funcţie de gradul lor de spiritualitate. Cartea vorbeste fiecăruia pre limba lui.

O carte care poate zgudui din temelii conştiinţe, un ghid care poate căli caractere, o comoară accesibilă oricui.
”Citadela” porunceşte fiecăruia să-şi ridice o cetate a…

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Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

LBC-LST (10)

DanutM:

Am observat si eu ca lipseste finlul, dar m-am gindit ca n-am gasit eu textul.
Multumesc lui Alex pentru aceasta serie te texte, pe care am recitit=o in mare parte ieri, si care mi-a trezit amintiri. Multe dintre ele placute.
Sper ca Ale va pune cindva toate acestea intr-o carte, pentru posteritate, alaturi de teza.
Si, a propos, Alex, publica odata teza aia dom’le. Tot pentru posteritate.
Daca nu reusesti, la anul te ajut eu. Promit.

Originally posted on Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co:

În urmă cu cîteva zile, în vreme ce revizuiam posturile referitoare la Lumea academică și LBC-LST, am constatat cu oarecare uimire că lipsește din periplu LBC-LST tocmai finalul, adică examenul de doctorat. Impresia mea era că am scris despre așa ceva, am greșit numărul postului și apoi l-am modificat. Dar se vede că memoria mi-a jucat o festă. Ca să nu scăpați finalul, iată ce s-a întîmplat:

După OK-ul primit e la îndrumător, dr. Tony Lane sau dacă vreți A.N.S. Lane, am trecut la corectarea finală a textului scris. Proof-reading-ul a fost efectuat la Timișoara de către Stuart Elford, un englez stabilit în România și cunoscător și al limbii române. M-a ajutat foarte mult să mă exprim mai clar, ba chiar a sesizat o contradicție, ce acum îmi scapă. După această fază am trecut la tipărirea finală în trei exemplare a tezei: una pentru examinatorul extern, una pentru LBC și…

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Posted by: DanutM | 19 August 2014

Numele lui Dumnezeu și dilema misionarilor

DanutM:

Cu acest text, Eugen ‘bate’ in mod evident catre disputa, mai mult sau mai putin misionara, legata de utilizarea termenului ‘Allah’ pentru Dumnezeu in spatiul Arab, respectiv in cel islamic (cele doua nu sunt unul si acelasi lucru, cum cred ignorantii).
In aceasta chestiune, in general, cei stapiniti de islamofobie considera ca utilizarea acestui nume este o forma de ‘crislam’ sau cel putin de compromis cultural inacceptabil. Acestia insa, orbiti de patima lor, uita ca acesta este numele folosit dintotdeauna ei crestinii arabi pentru a-l desemna pe Dumnezeul trinitar.
Muhammad a preluat acest termen de la crestini si i-a atribuit un sens strict monoteist, foarte apropiat de sensul in care il folosesc evreii.
Interedant este ca acum, de exemplu in Malayezia, musulmanii incearca sa interzica utilizarea de catre crestini a termenului ‘Allah’ pentru Dumnezeu.
De unde se vede ca fundamentalistii crestini sunt mult mai apropiati de fundamentalistii musulmani decit le-ar placea sa creada, si unora, si celorlalti. :-)

Originally posted on Chibzuieli:

Una din dilemele misionarilor când merg cu evanghelia într-o cultură diferită este cum să vorbească noii culturi despre Dumnezeu. Desigur, noua cultură are tiparul (sau tiparele) ei de interpretare a lumii și vieții, de multe ori incluzând ideea fundamentală a unei ființe atotputernice care este creatoare a tuturor lucrurilor și dătătoare de viață. Felul în care este înțeleasă această ființă și modul ei de a se raporta la creație și la om este diferit în diferite contexte, dar există și o suprapunere de atribute cu atributele lui Dumnezeu așa cum sunt înțelese în creștinism.

Să luăm ca exemplu religiile africane. Deși există o diversitate de religii remarcabilă în Africa (probabil peste 1000), astfel încât acestea nu pot fi interpretate simplu, sub o singură rubrică, observații mai recente scot în evidență că se poate vorbi, totuși, despre un tipar comun de înțelegere a realității. Astfel, se pare că în toate acestea…

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Life Lessons from Bishop John: Men, Is Your Vice Wealth, Power or Sex? | Musings of a Hardlining Moderate.

This could not be more true.

Posted by: DanutM | 18 August 2014

Richard Rohr on Embodyment

It has always deeply disappointed me that the Christian religion was the only one that believed God became a human body, and yet we have had such deficient and frankly negative attitudes toward embodiment, the physical world, sexuality, emotions, animals, wonderful physical practices like yoga, and nature itself. We want to do spirituality all in the head. It often seems to me that Western Christianity has been much more formed by Plato (body and soul are at war) than by Jesus (body and soul are already one). For many of us, the body is more repressed and denied than even the mind or the heart. It makes both presence and healing quite difficult, because the body, not just our mind, holds our memories.

Posted by: DanutM | 18 August 2014

How (Not) To Be Secular. A short review

DanutM:

A good introduction – from James KA Smith – for those interested in secularism and the work of Charles Taylor. Thanks, Nathan.

Originally posted on BARTHOLOMUSINGS:

Let me begin on a positive note. This is a very good introduction to Charles Taylor’s seminal ideas in A Secular Age. For those scared of Taylor’s ideatic behemoth, this will be a very easy path to walk into Taylor’s thought-world. Smith presents the main ideas and eye-opening categories in Taylor’s book with clarity and rhetorical panache.

As far as the negatives go, I wish he had more (pop) cultural references inserted throughout the book. The first few pages are somewhat deceptive, in that the personal address to preachers and pastors doing ministry in ‘a secular age’ fades, ultimately into nothingness, as the book progresses. It feels like Smith himself gets bogged down in Taylor’s intricate thought-world and forgets to resurface in order to reconnect with his practitioner-readers. Also, the book ends rather abruptly. Smith does not feel the need to offer broad conclusions, assessing Taylor’s contribution.

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“The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for a generation.” This is how the national spokesman for Iraqi Christians in the United States described atrocities by Isis terrorists in northern Iraq, which include beheading of children and their mothers and fathers, and forcing almost all Christians in the region to flee. While the United States has resumed military action to deal with the crisis in Iraq, its commitment reflects half-heartedness and fails to match the enormity of suffering and potential threats.

“They are systematically beheading children, and mothers and fathers … There’s actually a park in Mosul that they’ve actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick,” Mark Arabo, the spokesman for Iraqi Christians, told CNN. “This is crimes against humanity. The whole world should come together. This is much broader than a community or faith … They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking things you can think of.”

The Episcopal Vicar of Iraq, Canon Andrew White, recently visited the town of Qaraqosh, which like many other towns and cities has been captured by the Isis, to assess the situation. “The majority of the town’s 50,000 people have fled, fearing that, like other Christians in this region, they will be massacred. The militants, in a further act of sacrilege, have established their administrative posts in the abandoned churches,” he said, according to Catholic Online. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 17 August 2014

An Interview with John Perkins – On Ferguson

John Perkins

Dr. John Perkins is an 84-year-old Christian civil rights leader, author, and founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) that I had the privilege meeting a few years ago at Duke University.

Here is the beginning of an interview he gave recently to Amy Julia Becker, from Christianity Today, on the racial killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, near St. Louis, in Missouri.

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In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, how should Christians respond?

For years we have been tiptoeing around trying to work out a human response to biblical reconciliation. I don’t know enough about this incident to speak to it directly, but I know that how we act shows that we haven’t developed an understanding of reconciliation that is tough enough to deal with these incidents. We need a biblical response, not a human response. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 17 August 2014

Richard Rohr on Transformation

When there is the encounter with the other, when there is mutuality, when there is presence, when there is giving and receiving, and both are changed in that encounter, that is the moment when you can begin to move toward transformation. Maybe the word transformation scares you, but it means exactly the same as its Latin roots—to “change forms.” When you allow other people or events to change you, you look back at life with new and different eyes. That is the only real meaning of human growth.

Posted by: DanutM | 17 August 2014

Clint Smith – The Danger of Silence

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

 

Posted by: DanutM | 17 August 2014

Ahmad Sarraf – O Christians, Get Out of Our lands!

Ahmed Sarraf
Ahmed Sarraf

Dr. Martin Accad, Director of the Institute of Middle East Studies in Beirut – Lebanon writes: This is a powerful lament by a Muslim over the fate of Christians in the Middle East. Or more accurately, it is a lament over the fate of Muslims after Christians leave the ME…

I have taken the pains of translating it quickly (informally) into English for the sake of English readers. I have deep respect for this kind of writing, not because it glorifies Christians and their contribution to the ME region, but because it humbles me, as an Arab Christian, that a Muslim writer would be willing to attribute so much to ME Christians. I am also posting it because I know that Sarraf’s piece reflects the feelings of a vast majority of Muslims in the region over the fate of Christians in Iraq and elsewhere. So my English translation is a tribute to my Muslim friends:

“O Christians, get out of our lands!” (an article written by Ahmad Sarraf that first appeared in Al-Qabas newspaper on 21/07/2014 – this translation by Martin Accad is not an official translation and was done for the sole purpose of sharing on Facebook). Read More…

Originally posted on Vaisamar:

Cartea la care lucrez acum, în perioada șederii la Cambridge, și din care am început să public pe blog fragmente, are un titlu:

Cornilescu. Din culisele publicării celei mai citite

traduceri românești a Sfintei Scripturi

Fiindcă textul va depăși 140.000 de cuvinte, mă aștept ca numărul de pagini să fie undeva între 400 și 450. Dacă așezarea în pagină va fi generoasă, s-ar putea să ajungem chiar la 500.

Studiul introductiv, care se bazează pe un articol nepublicat, scris pentru volumul Omul evanghelic (rămas „la roșu” de câțiva ani) are circa 20.000 de cuvinte.

Cartea va fi prefațată de o importantă personalitate a biblisticii românești. Nu spui cine; veți afla la vremea potrivită.

Am inserat note de subsol cu zgârcenie, de aceea numărul lor nu va trece de 300. Dacă aș fi fost mai zelos, numărul lor s-ar fi dublat. Însă n-am vrut să-l sufoc pe cititor în savantlâcuri. Și…

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