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Volumul „Cornilescu” pe care îl pregătesc va conține și o secțiune cu informații biografice privind principalele persoane pomenite în carte. După Cornilescu și Ralu Callimachi, cel mai important actor al evenimentelor din anii ’20 a fost John Howard Adeney, misionar în România și capelan la Biserica Anglicană din București.

Adeney l-a recomandat călduros pe Cornilescu Societății Biblice, dar a fost conștient de vulnerabilitățile traducerii, fiindcă știa grecește suficient de bine pentru a compara textul cornilescian cu originalul grecesc.

Mai jos un scurt profil biografic.

Adeney, John Howard (18691962). Născut la Chelsea, pe 24 august 1869, a fost admis la colegiul St. John’s, Cambridge, în 1889. Și-a luat licența în teologie în 1892, fiind ordinat diacon în același an. Ajunge preot în 1893, la Londra, și slujește la Biserica Spitalfields (1892–1896). În martie 1896 devine membru al Societății Londoneze pentru Promovarea Creştinismului între Evrei (London Jews Society) și lucrează…

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10 things Evangelicals don’t tell you at first – What is in Kelvin’s Head?.

Here they are (what do you think):

  1. Evangelicals believe in hell.
  2. Evangelicals claim to read the bible and claim to take it very seriously but curiously, they don’t read much of it in their churches.
  3. Evangelicals tend to view only one theory of the atonement as valid.
  4. Many Evangelicals believe the modern State of Israel to be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
  5. It is a common view amongst Evangelicals that it is only Evangelicals who are the real Christians. 
  6. Despite reading the bible and claiming to believe it, many evangelicals believe simony to be a legitimate way of getting what they want in the church. 
  7. Evangelicals form the core of the opposition to lesbian and gay people in many denominations.   
  8. Evangelicalism tends to follow the cultural trends of society 30 years later than other types of Christianity. 
  9. Evangelicals tend to think that the personal is more important than God’s good news for society.
  10. Evangelicals are a modern phenomenon.

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DanutM:

Aceasta pare sa fie ultima postare din seria LBC-LST, desi cu Alex nu se stie niciodata. :-) Iata si concluzia:
‘Aș vrea totuși să închei cu o observație pozitivă. Speranță există. Ea există mai ales în acei tineri teologi sau studenți și absolvenți de teologie ce nu s-au aliniat niciunuia dintre centrele de putere și cunoștiință academică și/sau au ales să nu-și plece genunchiul în fața unuia sau altuia dintre liderii acestor locuri și nici nu s-au angajat în războaiele lor. Gîndirea independentă, punerea în practică a unei teologii nemarcate de legalismul și îngustimea dată de un loc sau altul, un lider sau altul, va reuși să creeze acel curent de opinie liber de legea constrîngerilor omenești, pentru că este eliberat de un Duh ce vine de sus. El poate deveni un arbitru al scenei evanghelice din România și tot el poate schimba radical paradigma existentă. Poate că în cele din urmă la capitolul biserici și instituții de învățămînt evanghelice din România, România nu trebuie să fie altfel.’

Originally posted on Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co:

sursa:http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/darth-vader/images/18355194/title/star-wars-episode-v-empire-strikes-back-darth-vader-screencap

Vezi și prima parte, http://pasareaphoenixremixed.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/l-b-c-l-s-t-11-concluzii/ sau L.B.C.-L.S.T. (11 a): Concluzii – După două zeci de ani…

Deși de cele mai multe ori se comite greșeala de a crede că Împărăția lui Dumnezeu se războiește din greu cu cea a lui Satan, realitatea este cu totul alta. Satan este înfrînt. ca urmare putem discuta despre război degajați, pentru că victoria este asigurată. Dar cu toate acestea nu este vorba de un simplu marș victorios în care tropăim prin lume cu arma-n bandulieră, ci este un alt fel de război, poate mai apropiat de cele actuale, cu amenințări asimetrice. Iată de ce este vorba:

Greșeala frecventă făcută de comandanții militari de pretutindeni, risipirea sau împrăștierea resurselor, s-a re-editat și în cazul celor cu studii în străinătate. În învățămîntul teologic românesc absolvenții veniți din străinătate ce au beneficiat de studii serioase în așezăminte cu tradiție, nu au constituit o forță. Nu cred…

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DanutM:

Alex Nadaban publica un prin set de concluzii la seria lui despre romanii prezenti la LBC-LST in anii ’90.

Originally posted on Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co:

sursa: http://apintofmadness.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/twentyyearsafter/

Porniți cu mari speranțe la al doilea sunet al trîmbițelor în 1990 (vezi LBC (1)), cînd la Oradea s-a aflat la crème de la crème, la finalul drumului, după hurducături financiare, organizatorice și dogmatice (fără a le mai pomeni pe cele mustăcioase) se cade să trag o concluzie la 20 de ani după absolvire. Ca orice concluzie, este subiectivă și deci pot fi făcute mai multe observații preliminare. Asta din punct de vedere metodologic și de ce nu, sentimental. De dragul organizării am optat pentru două posturi: După douăzeci de ani și Imperiul contra-atacă…

După două zeci de ani…

Proiectul studiilor în teologie făcute mai ales de români baptiști și de unii penticostali în străinătate după 1989 s-a materializat în cîteva locații diferite, dar au existat două direcții principale de studiu: una în Statele Unite ale Americii și a doua în Marea Britanie. După spusele unui important personaj…

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Posted by: DanutM | 25 August 2014

Prizonierul din mine… evadează!

DanutM:

Mai in gluma, mai in serios, se pare ca Alex a luat seama la sugestia mea de a se apuca sa scrie o carte de memorii. Sper sa se tina de ea. Sunt sigur ca va iesi ceva savuros. Si nu neaparat comod de citit.

Originally posted on Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co:

Sunt deținut. Sau cel puțin așa arăt. De modă veche. Tuns chilug. Zero. Zero că mașina de tuns este la gradația 0. Cea mai mică.

Era un stigmat. Un pic și acum. Mai ales dacă n-ai chef de așa ceva.

Unii totuși se tund zero sau se rad pe cap din proprie inițiativă. Ca să pară mai virili. Sau să pară ca alții. De virili. De periculoși. Că parc-ar fi ieșit ieri de la mititica. Mint. Eu nu.

Eu sunt prizonierul ei. N-am vrut. A ei, cea cu nume sofisticat. Sub comuniști ar fi avut alt nume. Sub staliniști probabil unul sovietic. Sub naționaliștii noștri probabil ceva gen popescu…

Acum un an și mai bine voiam să cumpăr niște paradăici în centru. Eu mă uitam la ele, tanti se uita la mine. Aut of nouăuă mă chestionează:

– Suferiți de ceva?

– Da. De ce?

– Păi sunteți așa de…

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DanutM:

DE citit

Originally posted on Pasarea Phoenix Remixed & co:

sursa:http://www.elefant.ro/carti/conspiratii-si-scandaluri/islamistii-cum-ne-vad-ei-pe-noi-156345.html

Citiesc și recitesc de cîteva zile Anne Nivat, Islamiștii. Cum ne văd ei, Corint, București, 2011. Prefața scrisă de Dominique Wolton.

Nivat merge în 2005 în Pakistan, Afganistan și Irak și se întîlnește cu islamiști. Cu Abdoul Rashid Ghazi, aflat în arest la domiciliu în Pakistan din 2004, director adjunct al unei madrasa de 2500 de băieți și 3000 de fete. Cu Anis Ahmad, director adjunct al Institutului de Studii Politice din Islamabad. Cu Abou Bakar Siddique, redactor șef al uni ziar, doctor în studii religioase, licențiat al Universității din Cairo. Cu Atiq-Ur-Rehman, directorul madrasei Jamia Islamia, membru al partidului islamic de opoziție Jamiat Ulama Islam. Cu Ahmed, refugiat din Afganistan, instructor la Abou Hanifa ce formează institutori pentru medrasa. Foarte interesantă discuția cu șoferul său, tot un refugiat afgan.

În Afganistan Nivat se întîlnește cu Sardar, un vechi perieten, Sami, Daoud, apoi cu un reprezentant al talibanilor.

În…

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Arhiep. Sviatoslav

Către Conferinţele Episcopale Catolice
Către Liderii Religioşi şi Politici
Către toţi oamenii de bună credinţă

De nouă luni de zile ucrainenii participă la un pelerinaj de la frica post-sovietică spre libertatea şi demnitatea dăruite de Dumnezeu. Traumatizaţi de războaiele secolului XX, de totalitarianismul şi genocidul maro sau roşu, căutăm să avem o societate dreaptă şi un viitor european democratic. Cu răbdare, perseverenţă şi enorme sacrificii umane, am reuşit să eliminăm, în februarie, regimul brutal al lui Victor Ianukovici. Această victorie morală a primit drept răspuns, în luna martie, anexarea teritorială a Crimeei de către Rusia. De luni de zile ţara îndură o destabilizare susţinută din exterior, separatism şi activităţi teroriste în regiunile Doneţk şi Luhansk, într-un cuvânt: război. În mod tragic, aşa cum o arată şi doborârea zborului Malaysian Airlines 17, situaţia din Ucraina afectează şi comunitatea globală.

Toate Bisericile şi organizaţiile religioase din Ucraina s-au unit împotriva violenţelor regimului Ianukovici, împotriva anexării Crimeei, împotriva divizării ţării. În Piaţa Maydan, timp de luni de zile, în fiecare zi şi noapte, uniţi în rugăciune, oamenii au cerut respectarea drepturilor civile, non-violenţă, unitatea ţării şi dialogul. Această armonie şi cooperare civică, ecumenică, interreligioasă a reprezentat o sursă importantă de inspiraţie morală şi coeziune socială în Ucraina.  Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 24 August 2014

How Do Good Listeners Do It?

Lindsay Holmes, from The Huffington Post, talks in a recent article about nine things that makle some people to be good listeners. Here they are.

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They’re present

They’re empathetic

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A symphonic venture from Bucharest International Henri Coanda Airport, Bucharest Symphony Orchestra and BestValue, at the celebration of three years of existence for the Bucharest Airports National Company.

Bucharest Symphony Orchestra
Music Director and Principal Conductor BENOÎT FROMANGER

Posted by: DanutM | 24 August 2014

Dialogue with A Young Friend – On Fearing God

For some time now I am engaged in a sort of ‘distance discipleship’, in I call it that way. We use mostly email, as he lives on another continent. Here is the latest exchange we had.

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Q – I have a rather blunt question to ask you this time. I’ve heard the term many times and I’ve never been able to interpret it in a way that would coincide with a loving and forgiving God. What does it mean to be “God-fearing” ?

A – The term ‘fear of God’ originates in the aristocratic age, if I can call it that, at the time of monarchy, when kings and emperors were to be feared. We would call this today simply respect, even if the term is clearly insufficient. Maybe ‘awe’ would be a more adequate term. Profound admiration, also, though it sounds odd.

Religious language is fundamentally analogical. As such, it cannot speak directly about God. A quadri-dimensional (spatio-temporal) being as we are, cannot speak adequately, but only analogically, about a multi-dimensional being, as God is. As a result, we load religious terms with meaning coming from our own human experience. For instance, when we say God is father, this is unavoidably bound to our experience of fatherhood. That is why when people have traumatic relationship with their father, it is very hard, though not entirely impossible, for them to relate to God as a loving and fully accepting divine being.

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Posted by: DanutM | 23 August 2014

Kirsten Guidero – We Need More Than Liturgy

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Liturgical worship, among other things, led me to Anglicanism. However, as the author of this article argues, the liturgy is is not everuthing. There is more to the ecclesial and spiritual renewal that a switch to liturgical worship.

Here is what she has to say.

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Liturgical worship is the rage among many evangelicals. ‘Not so fast,’ says a liturgical Christian.

The service was undeniably beautiful. Dedicated pastors and volunteers had planned it for weeks. There were banners, incense, and altar decorations. The sanctuary was packed: more than 1,000 folks overflowed the seats, latecomers standing along the sides and back. The congregation participated with gusto. But after receiving Communion, they marched out of the sanctuary. By the closing hymn, only a few folks dotted the pews that just five minutes before had been filled to bursting.

Some left to cram in work, but many in this particular group were on their way to that night’s parties. In another five hours, many would be passed out on the couches of friends or strangers, a few would be rushed by ambulance for alcohol poisoning treatment, and, most horrific, some would be sexually assaulting their peers or suffering such violence. It was the weekend, and the community in question was a Christian university. The school was by no means a place where only lip service was paid to Christian ideals: students eagerly participated in voluntary ministry, including planning that night’s service. So why were their late-night identities so disconnected from their church identities? Read More…

Iraqi refugee camp

An Iraqi Christian Mikha Qasha, fleeing from Qaraqosh, has given a personal account of members of the Islamic State, IS, coming to his house and threatening him to leave, convert to Islam or face the sword.

Qasha told Mid-East Christian News, specializing in Christian minorities in the Middle East, that IS members gave him a week to think about it; the threat came with weapons pointed at his head.

Elderly and paralyzed, Qasha, was taken away from Qaraqosh by a friend -in his wheelchair. Eventually he found his grandson, who took him to the predominantly Christian suburb of Ankawa in the province of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region.

According to MCN Direct, others who fled from a district in Nineveh, and from Qaraqosh and Bartella, said IS is now imposing a conversion deadline of one week for any non-Muslim. Qasha’s neighbour, a young man who fled the city this week, said he was hiding in his home with his father when IS members found them on August 17. They gave them a week, until August 24, to convert to Islam or be killed. Read More…

Christian killed in Gaza
Christians in Gaza mourning a fellow believer
killed by Israeli strikes (photo AP)

Christianity Today has just published an interview with my friend Dr. Hanna Massad, former pastor of the Baptist Church in Gaza, on the situation of Christians in that area following the current IDF military operation there.

Here is the beginning of it.

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What are Christians inside Gaza telling you?

I was happy to hear about the ceasefire. This morning the news was that, unfortunately, the fighting has continued. Several times daily I communicate with Gaza by phone or Skype. Water supplies are very low in Gaza. There’s little or no electricity. I’ve spoken with my Muslim neighbors and Christians. All are waiting and anxious about what will happen next.

Are Gazans being sheltered in churches?

Gaza Baptist Church hasn’t been damaged, but it’s next door to Gaza’s main police station, which is a target. The bombs have made it too dangerous for Baptist church members to meet. But thousands of Muslims have found refuge in other churches that have opened their doors to refugees. My neighbor called to ask if he and his family could move into my family home in Gaza. Now there’s almost 100 people living in my house. People throughout Gaza are taking care of each other. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 23 August 2014

Notiță biografică: Edmund Hamer Broadbent

DanutM:

Inca o piesa adaugata de Manu Contac la dosarul Cornilescu. EH Broadbent este autorul cartii ‘The PIlgrim Church’, publicata in original in 1931 si tradusa in romaneste sub diferite titluri: ‘Drumul Bisericii’ – de catre Constantin Pascu, in 1980, la Editura Cultului crestin dupa evanghelie; ‘Drumul Adunarii’ – textul de mai sus, publicat cu un alt titlu de un domn foarte secretos si exclusivist, din Cluj, numit Dan, care gestioneaza blogul Vestea buna, si caruia ii statea in git termenul ‘biserica'; si ‘Biserica pelerina’, in 2011, de catre Doru Motz, in America.
Cartea este o istorie a Bisericii tipica pentru minimalismul eclesial al crestinilor dupa Evanghelie, reducind Biserica la miscarile subterane, mai degraba decit la ansamblul comunitatii crestine din lume.
Broadbent a vizitat prima data Romania in 1899, inainte sa existe aici biserici ale ‘Fratilor’. Mai multe despre asta in postarea lui Eugen Matei despre ‘frati':
http://chibzuieli.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/carte-cine-sunt-crestinii-dupa-evanghelie/

Originally posted on Vaisamar:

Unul dintre prietenii lui Cornilescu în România a fost Edmund Hamer Broadbent, din Gislingham, Suffolk.

Ieri am primit de la Neil Rees (Societatea Biblică Britanică) niște informații pe care le pun la dispoziția celor interesați de aceste chestiuni.

Broadbent s-a născut pe 15 iunie 1861 la Cheetham Hill, Lancashire, fiul lui Edmund și Martha Broadbent din Crumpsall Hall, Crumpsall.

1871 Tatăl lui E. H. era producător de hârtie și avea 130 de angajați.

1881 Fiul lucrează și el ca producător de hârtie, la Little Lever.

Familia frecventa Biserica Metodistă Wesleyană Cheetham Hill.

1891 Se căsătorește cu Doris (Dora) Holiday la Bradford, Yorkshire. Din această căsătorie rezultă nouă copii.

1901 E. H. este descris la recensământ drept „comerciant de hârtie și misionar, stabilit la Featherstone, Yorskshire
1911 Locuiește la Oak Farm, Gislingham, Eye, Norfolk („fermier și misionar”).

1945 Moare la Stoke-on-Trent, în Staffordshire.

Când anume s-a întâlnit E. H. Broadbent cu D. Cornilescu nu…

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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

DanutM:

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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!

Tastatura computerului este ca un foc, este o lume de nelegiuiri. Ea…

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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

Doan-Thanh-Liem

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…

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