Posted by: DanutM | 22 May 2015

Peste 1.500.000 de vizite

Astazi blogul Persona a trecut pragul 1.500.000 de vizite. Nu e mult, comparat cu blogurile profesionistilor. Dar ce folos are comparatia, cind suntem cu totii unici, si avem fiecare audienta pe care o meritam.

Iata citeva date statistice:

– 7290 postari

– 72 de categorii (si incerc sa ramin la acestea)

– 6.378 de etichete

– 421 followers

Si ma opresc aici, pentruca la ora 2.am plec din hotelul din Nicosia spre Romania.

Lansare - Vasile Ernu, Sectantii

Prima lansare a cartii a avut loc miercuri, 13 mai, la Terasa J’ai Bistrot din Bucuresti.

Cartea va fi avea lansarea oficiala la Bookfest Bucuresti, simbata 23 mai, ora 17, la Standul Polirom.

Daca sunteti interesati, puteti citi AICI un fragment din carte.

Sectantii - Vasile Ernu

Întîmplarea a avut loc la Biroul de Paşapoarte. Merge omul la acest birou şi acolo începe un interogatoriu cum numai instituţiile evreieşti actuale ştiu să facă.

– Locul naşterii?
– Imperiul ţarist.
– Şcoala?
– România Mare.
– Muncă?
– URSS, profesor de muzică.
– Pensia?
– Republica Moldova…
– Sînteţi umblat prin lume, cetăţene şalom Isakovici, constată domnul de la Biroul de Paşapoarte.
– Da’ de unde! răspunde abătut bătrînul evreu. Nu am părăsit cartierul nici măcar o singură dată în toată viaţa mea. Acum am ieşit prima dată din oraş… Read More…

Interviul de mai jos a prefatat prima lansare a ultimei carti a lui Vasile Ernu, Sectantii, care a avut loc miercuri, 13 mai, la Terasa J’ai Bistrot din Bucuresti;

Vasile Ernu - Sectantii

Dragă Vasile Ernu, vii cu o nouă carte, cu un nume incitant: ”Sectanții. Mică trilogie a marginalilor”. De ce sectanţi și de ce marginali?

De mult timp mă gândesc să scriu ceva depsre marginali dintr-o perspectivă puțin diferită de cea întâlnită des pe la noi. Altfel de marginali. Mă pasionează marginalii și am lucrat destul de mult cu câteva grupuri. Am ”dormit într-un pat cu ei” ca să pot să-i înțeleg, să-i pricep. Mă interesează foarte mult să înțeleg societatea și istoria prin ochii lor. Totul arată altfel. Lumea văzută prin ochii lor arată radical diferit faţă de cea văzută prin ochii majoritarilor. Felul lor de organizare e diferit, tehnicile de supravețuire, care mă interesează în mod special sunt foarte diferite. Sunt chiar opuse tehnicilor grupurilor majoritare. E mai ceva ca în Matrix.

Practic trilogia mea va încerca să spună povestea a trei grupuri marginale. Primul volum se ocupă de sectanți. Al doilea de bandiți. Despre al treilea grup mai discutăm la anul: sunt niște grupuri mai speciale. Read More…

DanutM:

Aceasta este prima postare a unui blog al ‘pocaitilor’ pe care o vad comentind, chiar si prin preluarea dintr-o alta publicatie, a cartii lui Vasea Ernu, Sectantii. Urmeaza si alte semnalari.

Originally posted on Vestea Bună:

Vasile Ernu, autorul cărții ”Sectanții” a scris:

”Persecuţiile sunt foarte diverse şi foarte parşive uneori.
Ah ce simplu ar fi dacă ar veni maşina neagră noaptea şi te-ar lua şi te-ar  duce: simplu, clar şi transparent, chiar dacă e noaptea. Ce e mai simplu  decât să împuşti sau să arestezi un om. Dar cum reacţionezi ca tată dacă încep să-ţi sufere copiii din cauza unor gesturi ale tale? Se complică lucrurile? Da, foarte mult. Dar cum începi să te comporţi când nu statul cu aparatul său de represiune apasă asupra ta, ci întreaga societate: de la primar la vecin şi până la ultimul tau prieten sau coleg de şcoală? Asta schimbă radical situaţia.
Ei bine, din experienţa comunităţii de care vorbesc ştiu un lucru: cel mai greu e atunci când eşti oaia neagră pentru toţi, când nu mai găseşti un gram de compasiune în jur, când toţi fac presiune pe…

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Posted by: DanutM | 21 May 2015

Valeriu Nicolae – Ce mi se intimpla?

Valeriu Nicolae

Valeriu Nicolae este unul dintre colegii mei cei mai buni din echipa regionala World Vision. Este Director de Advocacy, si a avut pina acum o cariera mirobolanta. Am ajuns sa-l cunosc mai bine participind la un proiect comun al biroului in care lucram, si am realizat ca sunt multe lucruri care ne apropie, dincolo de radacinile etnice comune.

Recent, Val a fost invitat sa scrie permanent la Dilema veche. Iata,mai jos, reactia lui.

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Valeriu, am vrea să ai o rubrică permanentă în Dilema veche! Ce zici?

M-am scos. Neam de neamu’ lu Geta, Ghică, Gogulică al lui tanti Ani, Gigilică Bouroşu al lui Lili, fosta gagică a lui Marius Lăcătuş, Miţa, Lica, Lucica, tanti Silica, Chiva, Nini (adică neamurile mamei), Năzdravan, Ambasador, Icoana, Plato fiul Aporiei şi nepotul lui Cristi Brancardierul, Moşu, Vierme, Pisica, Manix, Pamfilica şi tot neamul de aristocraţi de la Ghelmegioaia al lui taică-meu, Ciolan, nu au scris în Dilema! Glorie, frăţică!!!!!!! Read More…

Amman, Jordan

8-10 July, 2015

Dear friend of INFEMIT and OCMS,

On behalf of INFEMIT and OCMS, we would like to encourage you to join scholars and
practitioners from the Middle East and around the world for the Stott-Bediako Forum on Christian
Responses to Religious Extremism, which will be held in Amman, Jordan between 8-10 July, 2015.

The Stott-Bediako forum is an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners who are committed to
addressing the realities of the contemporary world in light of the Gospel. As its name suggests, the
forum follows in the footprints of John W.R. Stott and Kwame Bediako – Christian leaders who have
had a lasting impact on generations of Christian believers worldwide, particularly as they insisted on
the relevance of the Gospel for the world today. Both Stott and Bediako promoted a holistic
understanding of mission and highlighted the importance of constructive engagements of Christianity
and culture – preoccupations that are at the very heart INFEMIT and OCMS, the conveners of this
forum. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 18 May 2015

Richard Rohr – A Spirituality of Subtraction

Meister Eckhart rightly pointed out that spirituality has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition. I am sad to say that most spirituality in the West has largely become a matter of addition. This “spiritual consumerism” focuses on learning more spiritual ideas, earning merit badges from God, trying to attain enlightenment, and the will power of heroic moral behavior. Yet the counter-intuitive nature of the Jesus-journey shows it is not at all about getting, attaining, achieving, performing, or succeeding (all of which tend to pander to the ego). Jesus’ spirituality is much more about letting go of what we do not need anyway. It more often involves unlearning than learning. Jesus taught us the way of descent, which we later called “the way of the cross.” Like few other Christians, Francis profoundly understood such a major turn-around. He wanted God, not his ego, to steer his life; so he practiced letting go of his own will, his own needs, and his own preferences until he was free of their domination and able to find happiness at a much deeper and more truthful level. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 18 May 2015

Brené Brown on Empathy vs Sympathy

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

DanutM:

Here is the latest IMES blog post. Thanks, Jesse Wheeler.

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

By Jesse Wheeler

“The cool thing about Pew numbers is how versatile they are; bloggers can wear them with triumph, grief, & multiple shades of schadenfreude!” Derek Rishmawy

Early April, the Pew Research Center released an in-depth demographic study titled, “The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050: Why Muslims are Rising Fastest and Unaffiliated are Shrinking as a Share of Global population.”

According to the report, “while many people have offered predictions about the future of religion, these are the first formal demographic projections using data on age, fertility, mortality, migration and religious switching for multiple religious groups around the world.” Key highlights from the report include the projections that:

“If current demographic trends continue, however, Islam will nearly catch up by the middle of the 21st century. Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35% increase.1

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Posted by: DanutM | 18 May 2015

David Whyte on the Nature of Forgiveness

David Whyte - Consolations
David WhyteConsolations. The Solace, Nourishment
and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

FORGIVENESS is a heartache and difficult to achieve because strangely, it not only refuses to eliminate the original wound, but actually draws us closer to its source. To approach forgiveness is to close in on the nature of the hurt itself, the only remedy being, as we approach its raw center, to reimagine our relation to it.

Strangely, forgiveness never arises from the part of us that was actually wounded. The wounded self may be the part of us incapable of forgetting, and perhaps, not actually meant to forget, as if, like the foundational dynamics of the physiological immune system our psychological defenses must remember and organize against any future attacks — after all, the identity of the one who must forgive is actually founded on the very fact of having been wounded.

Stranger still, it is that wounded, branded, un-forgetting part of us that eventually makes forgiveness an act of compassion rather than one of simple forgetting. To forgive is to assume a larger identity than the person who was first hurt, to mature and bring to fruition an identity that can put its arm, not only around the afflicted one within but also around the memories seared within us by the original blow and through a kind of psychological virtuosity, extend our understanding to one who first delivered it. Forgiveness is a skill, a way of preserving clarity, sanity and generosity in an individual life, a beautiful way of shaping the mind to a future we want for ourselves; an admittance that if forgiveness comes through understanding, and if understanding is just a matter of time and application then we might as well begin forgiving right at the beginning of any drama rather than put ourselves through the full cycle of festering, incapacitation, reluctant healing and eventual blessing.

To forgive is to put oneself in a larger gravitational field of experience than the one that first seemed to hurt us. We reimagine ourselves in the light of our maturity and we reimagine the past in the light of our new identity, we allow ourselves to be gifted by a story larger than the story that first hurt us and left us bereft.

Source, Brain Pickings.)

 

 

 

Posted by: DanutM | 17 May 2015

Richard Rohr on Theosis

he Orthodox doctrine of theosis, according to John Paul II, is perhaps the greatest gift of the Eastern Church to the West, but one that has largely been ignored or even denied.[1] The Eastern fathers of the Church believed that we could experience real and transformative union with God. This is in fact the supreme goal of human life and the very meaning of salvation–not only later, but now and later. Theosis refers to the shared deification or divinization of creation, particularly with the human soul where it can happen consciously and lovingly.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus (330-390) emphasized that deification does not mean we become God, but that we do objectively participate in God’s nature. We are created to share in the life-flow of Trinity. Salvation isn’t about replacing our human nature with a fully divine nature, but growing within our very earthiness and embodiedness to live more and more in the ways of love and grace, so that it comes “naturally” to us and is our deepest nature. This does not mean we are humanly or perfectly whole or psychologically unwounded, but it has to do with an objective identity in God that we can always call upon and return to without fail. Some doctrine of divinization is the basis for any reliable hope and any continual growth. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 16 May 2015

Dennis Okholm – Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins

Dennis Okholm - Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins

Dennis Okholm is professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University.  He is the editor or author of several books including the well received, Monk Habits for Everyday People.

This interview revolves around Okholm’s latest book, Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks .

The interview was conducted by David George Moore.  Dave blogs at www.twocities.org.

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Moore: I am going to begin with a somewhat personal question.  It really is not personal, I guess, because “Rate My Professors” is public!  In any case, I was perusing the many favorable comments from your Azusa Pacific students and want to hone in on the description of one student: “He is very relaxed…”  Is being “relaxed” or we might say being at “peace” part of your natural constitution or have you grown into that virtue?  If it is the latter, what specifically has helped you?

Okholm: First, I should admit that I never look at “Rate My Professors.” The reason precisely has to do with the subject matter of this book: I need to take precautions against envy and pride, and I know that if I look at my “ratings” it will lead to both vices—with are related, by the way.

But, to answer your question, I think it simply has to do with my personality, perhaps for two reasons. In high school a church youth leader shared with me for the first time that God accepted me as I am. That gave me a confidence that I hadn’t had before. In addition, my father was a very good public speaker, and I think that rubbed off on me in such a way that it added to the confidence. So I guess the confidence expresses itself in being “relaxed.” Beyond that, I just enjoy teaching and love being with my students.

Moore:Briefly tell us the difference and relationship between the eight deadly thoughts and the seven deadly sins. Read More…

Andrea Mihail
Andrea Mihail

Stimaţi oameni ai legii,
Mă numesc Andreea, am 14 ani şi sunt extrem de conştientă că fiecare copil are drepturi care trebuie luate în considerare. Pentru mine, cel mai important drept este dreptul la sănătate, însă acum aleg să discut despre dreptul la educaţie.
În opinia mea, educaţia joacă un rol extrem de important în viaţa fiecărui om şi, de aceea, fondurile ar trebui să fie alocate şcolilor, căminelor, liceelor etc. Copiii au dreptul la o educaţie de calitate care să şe asigure egalitatea de şanse şi la învăţământ primar obligatoriu şi gratuit.
În comunitatea mea, drepturile copilului nu prea sunt luate în considerare de nimeni: primar, viceprimar şi unii profesori. De exemplu, în comunitatea mea din judeţul Ialomiţa, sunt destule familii cu mulţi copii şi nu au destule venituri, astfel încât unii părinţi consideră că nu au cum să ajungă undeva sus pe scara socială. Fiecare copil are un vis al lui în ceea ce priveşte cariera sa.

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Posted by: DanutM | 16 May 2015

Richard Rohr on the Trinity

Just as some Eastern fathers saw Christ’s human/divine nature as one dynamic unity, so they also saw the Trinity as an Infinite Dynamic Flow. The Western Church tended to have a more static view of both Christ and the Trinity–theologically “correct” but largely irrelevant for real life, more a mathematical conundrum than invitation to new consciousness.

In our attempts to explain the Trinitarian mystery, the Western Church overemphasized the individual “names” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but not so much the quality of the relationships between them, which is where all the power and meaning lies! You can make all the names feminine, masculine, or neither, if you prefer neutral words. Each naming will have both its strengths and limitations because we are dealing with metaphor and unknowability. So do not spend too much time arguing about gender. The real and essential point is how the three “persons” relate to one another–infinite outpouring and infinite receiving.

The Mystery of God as Trinity invites us into full participation with God, a flow, a relationship, a waterwheel of always outpouring love. Trinity basically says that God is a verb much more than a noun. Some Christian mystics taught that all of creation is being taken back into this flow of eternal life, almost as if we are a “Fourth Person” of the Eternal Flow of God or, as Jesus put it, “so that where I am you also may be” (John 14:3).[1] Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 16 May 2015

Serile Dialogos – Sacrul în film

DanutM:

Mi-ar fi placut sa fiu acolo. Felicitari, Dyo.

Originally posted on Frică şi cutremur:

Au fost date spre vizionare înregistrările de la Seara Dialogos din 26 Aprilie 2015, găzduită de Biserica Metanoia Arad. O provocare interesantă. Am fost pus în situația de a încerca o expunere cât mai cuprinzătoare asupra raporturilor dintre teologie și film, în același timp una care să ofere celor care ascultă niște repere cât mai practice în abordarea filmelor. Încă nu sunt sigur că am reușit ce mi-am propus pentru partea de sinteză, în schimb sper că i-am pus pe gânduri pe unii dintre participanți, măcar în privința discernământului de care trebuie să facem uz atunci când vizionează filme.

Cele două evenimente – Forumul și Seara – îmi confirmă într-o anume privință o impresie pe care o am de mai multă vreme despre locul filmului între noi, anume că publicul evanghelic este mai puțin pregătit să se apropie de film într-un mod critic și constructiv decât s-ar putea crede, având în vedere iremediabila sa predispoziție de a se…

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Posted by: DanutM | 16 May 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ascension Day Sermon

Ascension

Thursday 14th May 2015

Sermon preached by Archbishop Justin Welby at the Ascension Day Eucharist at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London.

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Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53

Ascension is about power and victory, but not as we know it.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek you’ll hear the allusion: “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it.” Though I’m told no one ever actually said that, any more than Sherlock Holmes said, “Elementary, my dear Watson”. But even though I am not a Trekkie it’s a good line.

Ascension is about power or victory, but not as we know it. The accounts include words like ‘power’, ‘Kingdom’, ‘witness’, ‘proofs’, and ‘promise of the Father’ – such that the disciples, who weren’t any quicker on the uptake after the resurrection than before, ask about the restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 11 May 2015

Did God ‘permit’ the earthquake in Nepal?

DanutM:

You have to read this.

Originally posted on BARTHOLOMUSINGS:

An important part of the doctrine of providence (how God relates to and acts in the world) concerns God’s relation to evil. Assuming ‘divine sovereignty’, the language of permission is often used to guard against the implication that God is the author of evil. The argument is that there are things which God positively decrees, which are inherently good (e.g. the creation of humans), and events which God permits (e.g. the Fall, a rape, the Holocaust or any other type of evil). A proponent of the so-called ‘free-will defence’ will say that God merely permits moral evil as the unintended consequence of endowing humans with freedom, the freedom which is necessary for genuinely personal relationships. Freedom is the explanation given also for so-called ‘natural evil’. Austin Farrer and John Polkighorne, among others, speak of a ‘free-process defence’ of natural evil. In their view, God has chosen to let the world…

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Vasile Ernu - Sectantii

Soul Friends

No one can satisfactorily make either the human or the spiritual journey alone. We all need soul friends and spiritual companions. One of the reasons for this has to do with the nature of the human soul and spirit. Bodies are substantial – often much more substantial than we desire! But souls and spirits are ephemeral and insubstantial. In fact, they are so insubstantial that they often seem not even to be there. Witness the many people who develop a strange look on their faces when you talk about taking care of your soul or nurturing a broken spirit.

Sensing this essential lightness of our inner being we tend to feel vulnerable when we recognize the spaciousness and emptiness that accompanies it. Sometimes it triggers outright terror. Our default defense in the face of this is to grasp onto our ego since it appears to have more substance. But unfortunately, not only is that substance more apparent than real, strengthening our ego in this way restricts our freedom, diminishes our lightness of being and distances us from the soulful and spiritual dimensions of our existence. Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 9 May 2015

Stop taierii padurilor din Romania

After Removing 400 Crosses, China Proposes Where Churches Can Put Them Instead | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com.

China continues to be a real shame in terms of religious freedom.

Posted by: DanutM | 9 May 2015

7 Ways to Welcome Young People to the Mainline

7 Ways to Welcome Young People to the Mainline.

I would say, these suggestions work also for some more traditional evangelical churches that started losing the young people.

Posted by: DanutM | 8 May 2015

World Watch Monitor – Vietnam’s Religion Law

vietnam-map

ANALYSIS: The ‘Great National Unity’ requires a great big bureaucracy

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is drafting a “Law on Belief and Religion,” for passage in the National Assembly in 2016, and possibly this year. It is almost inevitable the new law will disappoint proponents of universal human rights.(1)

Diverse religions and religious practices flourish in communist Vietnam. Religious believers far outnumber the government figures on the number of people who practice religious faith. Yet Vietnam maintains restrictive and controlling managerial policies, some quite harsh, especially toward religions that are feared to have political influence, including the Catholic and Evangelical Christian traditions, mistakenly still deemed Western.

A deep, politically-constructed narrative called Dai Doan Ket, or the Great National Unity, appears to be the standard against which religions are tolerated and deemed to be sufficiently conformed to Vietnamese tradition and culture. Dai Doan Ket, nebulous though it may be, tries to define a national identity, a common culture and even a spiritual bond. Rights are relativized in reference to support for the Dai Doan Ket. Some are hopeful that globalization will dilute DDK thinking. (2) Read More…

Posted by: DanutM | 7 May 2015

Judeo-Christian-ism Meets Islam-ism

DanutM:

Martin Accad tries to respond here to the question: ‘So what is it that is so disturbing in the behavior of the likes of Geller, Spencer and Wilders?’, people who, believes Martin are, inadvertently, promoters of Islamism in the US.

Originally posted on The Institute of Middle East Studies:

Muhammad Preaching

Persian or central Asian illustration showing Mohammed (on the right) preaching

By Martin Accad

Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders, and others, are inadvertently the spearheads of Islamism in the US and Europe! This may sound like a bit of a radical statement, but perhaps it really isn’t.

The situation is so getting out of hand that a bit of tweaking here and a bit of patting there has ceased to be useful. This is why I choose to start this post with such a radical statement.

Once again, through the highly mediatized event held in Texas three days ago, the ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest,’ a few authors, politicians and bloggers that have made a big name since September 11, 2001, have successfully handed another great victory to violent men who act in the name of Islam. This is not the first time of course. But this time…

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Posted by: DanutM | 7 May 2015

Tara Owens – Anam Cara Blog

Anam Cara

If you are interested in spiritual formation and Christian Celtic spirituality, you may find the Anam Cara Blog a rich source of resources.

Anam Cara Ministries is led by Tara M. Owens, a Christian Spiritual Director, living in Colorado Springs, US.

You may also subscribe to it, in order to receive an email every tine a new post is published.

Enjoy!

Posted by: DanutM | 7 May 2015

Ken Read – St Patrick’s Breastplate

A song by Ken Read performed by Cincinnati Christian University’s World Music Worship Ensemble at the 2007 National Missionary Convention.

Sectantii

Sunt foarte trist ca la data acestui eveniment voi fi departe de Iasi, la o intilnire World Vision in Accra, Ghana. Asa incit il las pe Vasea pe miinile voastre. Danut jemna, sper sa nu-l lasi sa scape ieftin.

Dialogul va fi legat de ultima carte a lui Vasile Ernu care va aparea saptamina viitoare la Polirom. Iata coperta:

Sectantii - Vasile Ernu

Posted by: DanutM | 7 May 2015

Tara Owens – Embracing the Body

Tara Owens - Embracing the Body

Christians along history had, and they continue to have an ambiguous relationship with their bodies in particular and physicality in general.

This is the topic of Tara M Owens’s new book, Embracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone.

Here is a short presentation, on Amazon website.

Our bodies teach us about God, and God communicates to us through our bodies. Our bodies are more good than we can possibly imagine them to be. And yet at times we may struggle with feelings of shame and guilt or even pride in regard to our bodies. What is God trying to do through our skin and bones? In Embracing the Body spiritual director Tara Owens invites you to listen to your thoughts about your body in a way that draws you closer to God, calling you to explore how your spirituality is intimately tied to your physicality. Using exercises for reflection at the end of each chapter, she guides you to see your body not as an inconvenience but as a place where you can meet the Holy in a new way―a place to embrace God’s glorious intention.

I have heard of Owens for the first time on Rachel Held Evans’s blog, in a guest post written by Tara and titled ‘How do I involve God in my sexuality?

Read HERE a very good interview with Tara on her book. Here is the beginning of it:

Q – Tara – you’re a certified spiritual director, veteran writer, wife and mum – can you tell us three things we may not know about you?

That’s a fun question! I’ve always thought I would win the “two truths and a lie” icebreaker game—because I have at least three outrageous things about myself that I can share, all of which are true.

First, I used to be an amateur boxer. For nearly eight years, I competed in boxing, muay thai boxing and kickboxing. It surprises people, because I’m a soft-spoken spiritual director, but I loved the sport and learned so much about myself from it. I hope to get back to in some time in the future.

Second, five years ago I had a heart attack. It was completely out of the blue, and almost totally unexplained—I didn’t have high blood pressure or cholesterol. It’s one of the things that created this desire in me to write about the body in a way that both honored the gift that we’ve been given in flesh and bone, and acknowledged that our bodies sometime betray us deeply.

Third, I’ve never had a full cup of coffee in my life. I know that I tend toward fallen, addictive behaviors, so I’ve avoided coffee because I just have this sense that if I started it, I’d be mainlining it every morning within a week or so. It’s part of the way I steward my own weaknesses.

Oh, and I’m British and Canadian, living in the United States on a green card. And I once had a warrant out for my arrest.

Read on at the link above. It is really worth it.

You may also listen HERE to another interview with Tara in her new book.

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Here are a few things about Tara as told by herself:

Tara M Owens

I was born in Montreal to British parents who moved to Canada for a better life for their growing family. Canadian by birth and British by blood, I’ve also lived in Raleigh, North Carolina; Washington, DC; Arlington, Virginia and, now, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I discerned the call to spiritual direction while completing my Masters of Theological Studies in Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Like many spiritual directors, I was captured by the incredible privilege it is to companion someone as they discern the voice of the Loving Creator in their lives.

Before pursuing my Spiritual Formation degree, I was a professional print journalist. My love of story drew me to news reporting and then to political journalism. It was that very ear for narrative that God used to bring me to spiritual direction, where I help others make sense of the story in which they are living, and connect it up with the Larger Story of redemption and life that the Trinity is weaving into human history.

In addition to my journey as a spiritual director, I am blessed to marry my love for spiritual formation with my love for the written word as Senior Editor of Conversations Journal. Founded by Larry Crabb, David Benner and Gary Moon, Conversations is a forum for authentic spiritual transformation where authors such as Dallas Willard and Eugene Peterson discuss the patterns and practice of spiritual growth.

I founded Anam Cara Ministries in 2007 as a place of where true soul friendship can be found. ‘Anam Cara’ is an ancient Celtic word meaning ‘soul friend,’ one of the essential qualities of a spiritual director. Celtic  Christianity and its practices form a foundation to the work of Anam Cara Ministries—from spiritual fri en ds hip to a fundamental respect for creation to the discipline of the hours.

Anam Cara Ministries is meant to be a place of grace and hope, where a deeper relationship with God can be pursued in a context of hospitality and safety. I’ve been a practicing spiritual director for more than five years, and I’m honored that you’ve chosen to explore a little deeper here with me.

(Source, HERE.)

 

 

Posted by: DanutM | 6 May 2015

Săptămâna viitoare apare ”Sectanții”

Originally posted on Suceava Evanghelica:

Până apare cartea săptămâna viitoare iată o prezentare. Vasile Ernu a publicat și imagini care să vină în ajutorul textului care descrie o societate marginalizată din cauza unei etichetări nepotrivite.

Click pe imaginea coperții pentru a vedea despre ce este vorba
Sectantii - Vasile Ernu

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