Barbara Brown Taylor on God as Infinite Web

In Sunday school, I learned to think of God as a very old white-bearded man on a throne, who stood above creation and occasionally stirred it with a stick. When I am dreaming quantum dreams, what I see is an infinite web of relationship, flung across the vastness of space like a luminous net. It is made of energy, not thread. As I look, I can see light moving through it as a pulse moves through veins. What I see “out there” is no different from what I feel inside. There is a living hum that might be coming from my neurons but might just as well be coming from the furnace of the stars. When I look up at them there is a small commotion in my bones, as the ashes of dead stars that house my marrow rise up like metal filings toward the magnet of their living kin.

Where am I in this picture? I am all over the place. I am up there, down here, inside my skin and out. I am large compared to a virus and small compared to the sun, with a life that is permeable to them both. Am I alone? How could I ever be alone? I am part of a web that is pure relationship, with energy available to me that has been around since the universe was born.

Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light—not captured in them, as if any of those concepts were more real than what unites them—but revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is.

At this point in my thinking, it is not enough for me to proclaim that God is responsible for all this unity. Instead, I want to proclaim that God is the unity—the very energy, the very intelligence, the very elegance and passion that make it all go. This is the God who is not somewhere but everywhere, the God who may be prayed to in all directions at once. This is also the God beyond all directions, who will still be here (wherever “here” means) when the universe either dissipates into dust or swallows itself up again.

(Quoted by Fr Richard Rohf, from Barbara Brown Taylor, The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion (Cowley Publications: 2000), 73–74.)

5th CS Lewis Conference – Iasi, 19-21 November 2020

Prayer for the Day of Pentecost

(Illustration: a page from the Gospel Lectionary portion of the Bamberg Apocalypse)

Spirit of life
ALL: Fill our emptiness with your fullness
Spirit of power
ALL: Stir our hearts afresh
Spirit of love
ALL: Touch us, and through us, our neighbour
Spirit of Creativity
ALL: Enable and empower the gifts you have given
Spirit of Eternity
ALL: Draw us ever deeper into your Kingdom

Pe scurt despre cultul sfintilor

Icoană a Sf Columba, dăruită fiului meu, la hirotonia lui in Church of Scotland.

NOTĂ: Am scris acest scurt text ca răspuns la întrebarea unei vechi prietene evanghelice, pornind de la atitudinea refractară a unur evanghelici din jurul ei cu privire la ceea ce ea numea „închinarea la sfinți”.

Dragă A,

La solicitarea ta, iată, încerc să scriu câte ceva, foarte schematic, și fără a intra în prea multe detalii, în legătură, așa cum spui tu, cu „închinarea la sfinți”.
Mai întâi, o precizare terminologică extrem de importantă. Sub raport teologic, numai lui Dumnezeu i se cuvine inchinarea („latreia”, în limba greacă).
Când vorbim despre „cultul sfinților” (aceasta este expresia teologic corectă), ne referim la venerare („doulia”, în grecește), adică la respect profund, asemeni celui datorat de exemplu părinților, fie ei fizici sau spirituali, și chiar mai mult de atât.

Cultul sfinților, și practica asociată cu acesta, a rugăciunilor către sfinți sunt fundamentate pe conceptul teologic (prea puțin înțeles in protestantismul evanghelic) de „comuniune a sfinților”. El se referă la faptul că noi cei credincioși, care suntem acum în trup, suntem în strânsă comuniune cu cei care au plecat în veșnicie, și care, conform învățăturii lui Cristos, sunt vii, poate mai vii decât noi. Căci Yahweh, Dumnezeul lui Avraam, Isaac si Iacov, este „un Dumnezeu al celor vii, nu al celor morți”. Iar dacă ei sunt vii, teoretic cel puțin, ne putem adresa lor, cerându-le să mijlocească pentru noi, exact așa cum ne solicităm unii altora ajutorul în rugăciune.

Desigur, în textul canonic al Scripturii nu există un exemplu în acest sens (există ânsă cel puțin unul în textele deuterocanonice, ori apocrife), și cu atât mai puțin nu există o poruncă. Așa fiind, din perspectivă strict biblică, cei care au rezerve față de această practică nu se află nici în păcat, nici în neascultare. În egală măsură însă, nu găsim în Scripturi nici implicit, nici explicit o poruncă împotriva acestei practici tradiționale. Ca atare, cei care sunt rezervață față de rugăciunile adresate sfinților ar trebui să se ferească de a judeca sau de a-i eticheta (de exemplu ca fiind idolatri) pe cei care îi venerează pe sfinți.
Precizez că „cultul sfinșilor” este prezent nu doar in catolicism și ortodoxie (unde avem de-a face cu o formă „hard” a acestuia), ci și în protestantismul magisterial, la anglicani (biserica mea), dar si la luterani, in forme mai „soft”, însă doar rareori la reformați, din pricina icoloclasmului strict al acestora și deloc la evanghelici, care au preluat de la calvini atitudinea față de acuste practici.

Desi distinctia dintre inchinare si venerare este, din punct de vedere teoretic, extrem de importanta in teologia ortodoxă, din pacate cei mai multi preoți nu-și educă enoriașii cu privire la aceasta, ceea ce dovedeste ca, în practica pastorală, ei nu dau prea mare importanta acestei distincții. Ori, conform teoriei, daca un crestin „se inchină” sfintilor (sau relicvelor acestora, ori icoanelor) în loc să le venereze, rezultatul este că au căzut în idolatrie. Banuiesc că preoții se bazează pe îngăduința și condescendența lui Dumnezeu, „slăbiciuni” pe care este evident că credincioșii evanghelici, în „mărinimia” lor ecumenică, nu prea le au față de catolici și ortodocși.

Așa cum reiese din cele de mai sus, această înțelegere a „cultului sfinților” are implicații, cu adăugirile de rigoare, și cu privire la „cultul relicvelor” și la „cultul icoanelor”. Dar despre acestea poate alta data.

A Prayer for Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans

Almighty God,

we grieve the loss of Rachel and we pray for her family,
and so we remember before you today your faithful servant Rachel;

and we pray that, having opened to her the gates of eternal life,
you will receive her more and more into your joyful service,

that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past,
she may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord;

who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

BCP (edited by Scot McKnight)

Scot McKnight – Why Anglican? – 1

More than twice a month I am asked “Why did you become Anglican?” The answer to the question is complex, and I want to answer that question in part by saying up front that I don’t believe in ecclesiastical superiority. I don’t think any single church or denomination is the one true church. I’ve heard more than a whiff of this from folks as varied as Plymouth Brethren, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic (in spades, frankly), Baptist, Evangelical Covenant, and United Methodists. So in this series I’m not saying that the Anglican Communion is the one-true-and-always-faithful church in the world.

I became Anglican because of the church calendar. (Not only because of the church calendar but it was part of the process.) Non-calendar Christians usually observe Christmas (not always Advent, though it is growing) and Good Friday and Easter. That’s about it. The rest of the year is up to the preacher, the pastor, the elders and deacons, and up to the congregation. Many pastors wisely organize their churches to be formed over time through a series of themes — or books of the Bible (Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Piper preached through Romans for almost two decades) — but none can improve on the centrality of Christ in the church calendar. Continue reading “Scot McKnight – Why Anglican? – 1”

Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!

Don Posterski

UPDATE: On Wednesday, June 13th, at 2pm, Toronto time, my dear friend Don Posterski went to be in glory with Christ and the saints. May he rest in peace!

I met Don for the first time in early 2000, just a few months after I joined World Vision, to work in the Middle East and Eastern Europe Region (MEER), as Director for Faith & Development (F&D – the sector of which Don was in charge in WVI, earlier called Christian Impact – CI, and then Christian Commitments – CC)). Soon after that, he invited me to join him in the WVI Commission on the Church, which, due to Don’s wisdom and his ability to lead a team of very diverse and hard headed members, was the most significant initiative in which I was involved in my 20 years in WV. I wish I had a picture from any of those significant meetings, but I do not. Therefore, I will try to compensate (over)illustrating other events.

Later that year, in October, I invited Don to join my team in Sinaia, Romania, for the first regional event of our sector, called the Christian Life Conference. There, the main speaker was Jim Houston, who taught on Christian Discipleship, while Don taught on building church partnerships, Tim Dearborn taught on witness to Jesus Christ and I taught on spiritual formation. It was a great event, which participants remember fondly, almost 18 years later. Again, Don gave the measure of his unique leadership style, by keeping himself in the background and encouraging others to serve with their gifts. (Again, sadly, I lost all pictures from that event.) Continue reading “Random Thoughts on My Canadian Friend Don Posterski – May God Rest Him in Peace!”

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light the Candle of Love

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Today we relight the first three candles of the Advent Wreath — the candles of HOPE, PEACE and JOY.

Now we light the fourth candle of Advent. This is the candle of LOVE.

Jesus demonstrated self-giving love in his ministry as the Good Shepherd. Advent is a time for kindness, thinking of others, and sharing with others. It is a time to love as God loved us by giving us his most precious gift. As God is love, let us be love also.

In the Book of Deuteronomy we find these words:

“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
— Deuteronomy 10:17-19a
From the Gospel of John we hear:
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
— John 13:34-35
Let us pray:
Teach us to love, O Lord. May we always remember to put you first as we follow Christ’s footsteps, that we may know your love and show it in our lives. As we prepare for our celebration of Jesus’ birth, also fill our hearts with love for the world, that all may know your love and the one whom you have sent, your son, our Savior. Amen.

(Source, HERE)

Third Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light the Candle of Joy

Third Advent Candle

Today we relight the first two candles of the Advent wreath. The candle of HOPE and the candle of PEACE.

Now we light the third candle of Advent.

This is the candle of JOY. As the coming of Jesus, our Savior, draws nearer, our joy builds with our anticipation of his birth.

From the Book of Isaiah we read the words of our Lord:

“But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.”
— Isaiah 65:18

From the New Testament, the words of Paul to the people of the church at Galatia:

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”
— Galatians 5:22-25

Let us pray:
We joyfully praise you, O Lord, for the fulfillment of your promise of a Savior and what that means in our lives. Thank you for the gift of salvation through the birth of your son, Jesus. Create us anew as we wait, and help us to see your glory as you fill our lives with your living Spirit. Amen.

(Source, HERE).

An Interview with Caitlin Curtice – A Native American Christian

(RNS) — Kaitlin Curtice grew up Southern Baptist and now attends an Anglican church. She doesn’t necessarily identify herself with either denomination, she said, but she does call herself a Native American Christian.

Then she watches a look of confusion cross people’s faces. “They don’t understand what that means,” Curtice said.

The popular 29-year-old worship leader has been working that meaning out in her writing — including a blog, titled “Stories,” and a well-reviewed book published this month by Paraclete Press, “Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places.”

Kaitlin Curtice, Native American Author, Speaker & Worship Leader

When she isn’t traveling around the country to speaking engagements, Curtice is in Atlanta with her husband, two young sons and two dogs. She home-schools the boys, she said, and with them, she is learning their Potawatomi language and culture.

This first book of Curtice’s is full of stories about everyday moments infused with meaning, the books that “opened something up” in her and reconnecting with her Native American heritage. She talked about all these things earlier with RNS.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Early in the book, you mention your journey to learn more about your Potawatomi heritage. What set you on that path, and what has that journey looked like for you?

We live in Georgia, and there are a lot of Native historic sites here. It’s Muscogee Creek land and Cherokee land — there are areas you can go hiking, and there will be a plaque that tells you who lived there. We went hiking at one of our favorite places, Sweetwater Creek, and my youngest son was 1, and he was hungry, and I had to breastfeed him. I was like, well, I’ll just try and feed him while we walk because there’s no place to sit down.
It was just this moment where God stopped me and time stood still and God was like, “This is what your ancestors did on the Trail of Death. This is what your great-great-great-grandmother did.”
It was that moment where somebody points at you and says, “This is who you are, and this is who your children are, and this is what you’re called to be.” It was just really beautiful, and it just switched on this light for me. From then on, it was just constantly reading and writing and processing and trying to learn as much as I could and having these memories of childhood come back to me that I had forgotten.

Read HERE the entire interview.

The Record meets with acclaimed academic Mark Noll – The Wheaton Record – The Wheaton Record

Source: The Record meets with acclaimed academic Mark Noll – The Wheaton Record – The Wheaton Record

A very good interview. Here is a small quote on evangelicalism:
‘If when people hear “evangelical” they think of something political first, then the serious meaning of the word is gone. ‘

And another one, on the Reformation:
‘I myself, I don’t think it’s appropriate either to be completely celebratory about the Reformation or completely negative about the breakup of western Christianity. But there were critical issues having to do with religious authority, location of the nature of divine revelation, the means by which God reconciles people to himself, critical issues having to do with the nature of religion in society, the authority of temporal rulers over spiritual rulers. All of those really important matters were adjusted, shaken up, reformed and revised in about a forty year period. So whether people realize it or not, certainly the Christian churches in the West — and to some extent where the churches have spread in the world — were the heirs of what happened then.

Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: The Collects

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Dr. McKnight continues his efforts of explaining why has he joined Anglicanism. As many friends are asking me the same question, I have decided to share here Professor McKnight’s responses. I will not be able to do it better than him, anyway. So, here is a new epidoee in this series. Today, about the Collects.

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The collects of the church reveal the church’s practices and beliefs about prayer; a collect is a set prayer for a set time in the church calendar.

In them we see the church’s theology of prayer come to expression. I posted about the collects here and included a reference to a fine book “collecting” the collects: C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F.M. Zahl,The Collects of Thomas Cranmer.

There are five basic elements of a collect, and each of these expresses the Christian theology of prayer:

1. Address to God
2. Naming a context in which God has been active and therefore why God can be addressed now.
3. The petition.
4. Hoped for outcome.
5. Shaping the prayer in a Trinitarian context. Continue reading “Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: The Collects”

Scot McKnight -Why Be Anglican: Prayers of the People

No question about it, but in many churches there is not a designated time for the people to pray. Some churches are just too big for that, and even too big for a pastoral prayer. Others are so focused on the sermon that there is not time left for what we Anglicans call the “prayers of the people.”

In our liturgy, every Sunday, we have a time where we are led by a lay person in prayer. It’s called “intercession” or “intercessory prayers” when we pray for others, and when we do it in public it needs to be the sort of intercession that belongs in public. As a seminary student I had one professor whose opening prayers were of such significance that I wish they had gone into print, which of course they didn’t because they were not scripted prayers, but also because Murray Harris knew his class-opening prayers were so tied to that class, on that day, in that time in history that they weren’t relevant to others in different places and times.

Evidently Sam Wells, formerly chaplain, dean and professor at Duke and now Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, offered memorable prayers in chapel at Duke, so much so that folks began to gather them up and now we have in Shaping the Prayers of the People: The Art of Intercession, by Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher, a fine study and collection of intercessory prayers.

Question for you who offer intercessions in public: How much time do you spend preparing? What do you think are the ingredients of good public intercessory prayers? And, pastors, do you offer a Pastoral Prayer in your public worship?

Read the entite text HERE.

 

Scot McKnight -Why Be Anglican: Lectionary

I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and thefirst week I looked at the church calendar and last week at worship, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is worship.) This week I look at the Lectionary.

I’m not a historian of the lectionary, and it is common property to a wide range of churches and that is why today it is called “The Revised Common Lectionary” and it is available online here.

In essence, the RCL is a 3-year cycle of Bible readings for Sunday worship (and daily readings as well). The lectionary is built on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, with John weaved in over the three years. The Bible readings in a lectionary-based worship service are ordered into an Old Testament lesson, a reading from the Psalms, a reading from an Epistle, and then “The Gospel.”  As the church calendar is rooted in the life of Jesus (see the image above), so the lectionary readings from the Bible aim at the Gospel reading and prepare for it and enhance it. This squares the church on the Gospels as the gospel.

Read HERE the rest of this text

Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: Worship

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I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and last week I looked at the church calendar, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is worship.)

If the church calendar shapes the church themes, the church liturgy for Holy Eucharist is shaped by a customary set of elements of the worship service. Each of these is needed, each is integrated into the other, and each is formative for Christian discipleship. To repeat from last week’s blog post, I don’t idealize or idolize Anglican worship, but I believe it is a mature, wise, and deeply theological tradition at work.

I have taken for my text this morning last week’s worship guide, or bulletin. Here are the elements of our worship and eucharist celebration: processional hymn, a call to worship, the Word of God, the proclamation of the Word of God, the Nicene Creed, prayers of the people, confession of sin, passing the peace, and then we move into Eucharist beginning with an offering, doxology, the great thanksgiving, breaking of bread, a prayer of thanksgiving and we close with a blessing. Continue reading “Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: Worship”

Two of My Recent Publications

Note: Recently, I have received two of the publications to which I have contributed lately. Here are a few details about each of them.

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Intentional Discipleship and Disciple-Making. An Anglican Guide for Christian Life and Formation is a publication of The Anglican Consultative Council, aiming to revive interest in the ancient discipline and practice of disciple-making within the Anglican Communion.

My friend, Rev. Mark Oxbrow, asked me to write about the practice of discipleship within the Orthodox Christian tradition. My initial text had to be shortened, in order to fit a very limited space, in which a variety of topics was discussed.

I attach below my short text. Time allowing, I intend to publish on my blog a more extended discussion of this important topic. Continue reading “Two of My Recent Publications”

Why Be Anglican?

I begin a series that will seek to shed some light on why I am Anglican. Image used with permission. More than twice a month I am asked “Why did you become Anglican?” The answer to […]

Source: Why Be Anglican?

I get this question too, a lot. So, here is some answer, even if here and there my enphases would be slightly diffeerent than those of Scot McKnight.

Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Monogenēs once more. Kevin Giles Following the 2016 Evangelical Theological Society annual conference in San Antonia where Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Wayne Grudem publicly announced that they had […]

Source: Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Kevin Giles again about the Trinitarian ‘heresies’ of Wayne Grudem and the rest of his fundamentalist bunch. This time of ‘the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son’.

Catch up with N.T. Wright’s Lectures from Simply Wright – SMU

Source: Catch up with N.T. Wright’s Lectures from Simply Wright – SMU

Here are the recordings of the lectures given recently by NT Wright at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx.

22 December – Blessed Clive Staple Lewis Celebrated by Anglicans

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According to the Anglican lectionary, the Episcopal Church in the US celebrates on 22 December the life of the blessed CS Lewis (see HERE).

Here is an Anglican prayer for this special day:

O God of searing truth and surpassing beauty, we give you thanks for Clive Staples Lewis whose sanctified imagination lights fires of faith in young and old alike; Surprise us also with your joy and draw us into that new and abundant life which is ours in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Clive Staples Lewis (“Jack” Lewis to his friends) was a tutor and lecturer at Oxford University, and later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature at Cambridge University. In the judgment of many, he is the most popular and most effective explainer and defender of the Christian faith writing in English in this century. He tried to make a point of avoiding disputes on matters where Christians disagree, and defending those beliefs which they hold in common. His work was valued by many Christians of widely differing backgrounds: Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, etc. (Source, HERE)

Pope, Anglican leader, vow joint action on poverty and environment | Religion News Service

ROME (Reuters) The pledge at a vespers prayer service came despite challenges to greater unity posed by differences over women priests and gay marriage.

Source: Pope, Anglican leader, vow joint action on poverty and environment | Religion News Service

Here are two men I deeply love and respect.

Synod of the Church of England – Archbishop Opens Debate on EU Referendum

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Friday 8th July 2016

This is ‘not a time to fear’ but a time to trust God, the Archbishop said in the opening speech of Synod’s debate on the EU referendum today.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York added the item as urgent business to the Synod agenda, with the members’ consent.

Read the full text of the speech: 

The length of the EU referendum campaign, the high turnout and the clarity of the result means, it seems to me, that whatever our view of what we would have preferred, we must now deal with the world as it is, and seek not merely survival after Brexit – if we were one of the 48 – but the common good, the flourishing of all our citizens and the seizing of the opportunities offered to our nation; above all to witness to the Kingdom of God. Continue reading “Synod of the Church of England – Archbishop Opens Debate on EU Referendum”

John Webster, One of the Greatest Contemporary Theologians Went to Glory

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An academic friend greeted the news of John Webster’s death with a blog post beginning “I’ll have to get out of the habit of referring to Webster as one of the greatest living theologians.” Within academic theology, few would question that assessment; beyond the universities and colleges, few have ever heard of him.

In part, this is down to John’s genuine humility. He was made a canon of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, and served on various Church of England committees when asked, but he never went looking for ecclesial honours. Indeed, he never went looking for academic honours either, although they came regularly.

More, however, John’s vocation was academic. He was committed to hard intellectual work, and he made no apology for it. His writing style was uncompromising, and far from accessible even to some specialists. The last time I heard him give a presentation, a few weeks back, one of my PhD students passed me a note asking if I could explain what the title meant! (It was in Latin, and John did not bother to translate it.)

Why should any reader of Christian Today be interested in his life, then? Continue reading “John Webster, One of the Greatest Contemporary Theologians Went to Glory”

Text of the Columba Declaration

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In the light of our common mission and context (chapter 1), our agreement in faith (chapter 2) and our significant opportunities for growing in partnership in mission (chapter 3), we recommend that our churches make the following Declaration.

We, the Church of Scotland and the Church of England, make the following acknowledgements and commitments, which are interrelated. Continue reading “Text of the Columba Declaration”

The Columba Declaration – Ecumenical Agreement Between the Church of Scotland and the Church of England

Russell Starr , CoS & Justin Welby, CoE
Russell Starr , CoS & Justin Welby, CoE

During the current annual Assembly of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), delegates, which included my son, Rev. Daniel Manastireanu, the first ethnically Romanian minister in the CoS, has approved the Columba Declaration, ‘that recognises their longstanding ecumenical partnership and lays the groundwork for future joint projects’ (see HERE). Of the about 850 commissioners to the assembly, 50 voted against this motion and 49 abstained (see HERE). A similar motion was approved by the C of E’s General Synod in February.

St Columba of Iona        St Columba, stained glass at Iona Abbey
Ikon of St Columba, a gift I gave to my son, on his ordination as minister in the CoS, and
St Columba, pictured in a stained glass window at Iona Abbey, which he founded in the sixth century

‘The agreement between the Church of England and the Church of Scotland has been called the Columba Declaration, after Saint Columba [also called Columcille], an Irish abbot and missionary who was credited with spreading Christianity in Scotland. ‘ (see HERE) Continue reading “The Columba Declaration – Ecumenical Agreement Between the Church of Scotland and the Church of England”

Despre lucrurile cu adevărat importante

Avancronica unui eveniment academic şi cultural major, care se va derula în Iaşi abia peste jumătate de an (…): acordarea domnului Andrei Pleşu, din partea celei mai bătrâne instituţii de învăţământ superior din România, a titlului de doctor honoris causa.

Source: Despre lucrurile cu adevărat importante

Domnul profesor Codrin Cutitaru anunta in Ziarul de Iasi unul dintre cele mai importante evenimente cullturale ale urbei iesene in toamna anului 2016: adordarea titlului de doctor honoris causa domnului Andrei Plesu de catre Universitatea ‘Al. I. Cuza’, eveniment care va prefata a treia editie a simpozionului CS Lewis  organizat de aceeasi universitate, la initiativa doamnei profesoare Denise Vasiliu.

Citez in  incheiere ceva despre asteptarile autorului acestui articol, care sunt, de fapt, si ale noastre: ‘Anticipez un eveniment cu mare impact academic, la care, alături de invitatul principal, vor contribui personalităţile universitare din comisia de laudatio (preşedinte – profesorul Alexandru Călinescu) şi un număr important de universitari de la Oxford şi Cambridge, înscrişi cu lucrări la amintitul simpozion.’

C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits, Iasi, 17-18 November 2016

3rd CS Lewis Symposium

Dear friends,

I warmly invite you to the next Lewis symposium we organize at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi:

The Third Interdisciplinary Symposium devoted to the life and work of C. S Lewis,
C. S. Lewis and Kindred Spirits, Iasi, 17-19 November 2016

This continues the series of events devoted to the celebrated Oxonian writer and scholar and is open to both specialists and lay persons who are interested in, and fascinated by, the Oxford Don’s legacy and influential presence within current culture. We invite papers that explore Lewis’s growth in relation to predecessors and contemporaries, as well as papers who identify “kindred spirits” among subsequent generations of writers and thinkers.

We are also pleased to have Mr. Owen Barfield Jr. as one of the special guests for this edition.

Hoping that you will be willing and able to join,

I look forward to your response.

With best wishes,

Denise Vasiliu

Note: Unfortunately, Mr. Andrei Plesu will not be able to participate in our event, and the Doctor honoris causa ceremony was postponed for some time in the Spring of 2017.

Prayer for the 16th Session of the Anglican Consultative Council, Lusaka, Zambia, 8-19 April 2016

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Rachel Held Evans – Donald Trump and a Tale of Two Gospels

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Rachel Held Evans

NOTES: It has been some time since I have shared on my blog a post written by Rachel. But this one is a must, as so many evangelicals in the US seem to be fooled by the perverted version of the gospel promoted by the Republican candidate to the American presidency.

And some good news on Rachel. On Feb 29th, President Obama nominated Rachel Held Evans as member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Well done, Rachel.

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As it becomes clear Donald Trump’s candidacy for president will be more than a sideshow this year, the probable Republican nominee is making his pitch to Christian voters.

You would think it would be a hard sell given the fact that the real estate mogul and reality star has boasted about his extramarital affairs, profited off casinos and strip clubs, said he doesn’t need to ask God for forgiveness, called for targeting innocent civilians in war, mocked a reporter with a disability, threatened the religious liberty of minority groups in the U.S., and gained wide support among white nationalists for consistently lying about and demeaning blacks, Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and Syrian refugees.

But polls show that despite all of this, Trump remains favored among evangelical voters. After speaking at Liberty University last week, Trump scored an important endorsement from Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent leader of the Religious Right who, to the applause of thousands, compared Trump to Jesus and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Unity in Diversity

Source: Unity in Diversity

Here is a superb text on church unity, in the wake of the meeting of Anglican primates, written by The Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.