Despre Revoluție și religie

Draga Teo,
Multe as avea de comentat la acest text. Iata doar citeva observatii:
1. Spre deosebire de Polonia, unde catolicii au jucat un ol decisiv in prabusirea comunismului, in vreme ce baptistii au ramas aliati pina la sfirsit cu comunistii, din ura pentru dusmanul comun 😦 ), in Romania, rolul jucat de religie a fost mai degraba circumstantial, daca nu chiar absolut intimplator. Daca ‘lovitutia’ incepea la Iasi pe 14 decembrie, cum era programat, nu mai era nimic de discutat despre rolul religiei (in grupul de conspiratori de atunci era o singura persoana cu angajare religioasa clara, si acela era crestin dupa Evanghelie, dar el nu era in grup din pricini religioase, ci din motive de activism sindical).
2. Incercarile de disculpare a lui Teoctist sunt penibile. Colaborationismul lui gretos cu comunistii era de notorietate publica. In aceasta privinta nu ridicolul Ciachir, ci doctul Lucian Turcescu (si doamna lui, Lavinia Stan), merita cititi si citati.
3. Episodul extrem de important, dar si controversat, al Grupului de Reflectie pentru Innoirea Bisericii, despre care inclusiv domnul Baconschi vorbeste cu batista pe tambal, este unul care ar putea sa faca multa lumina in aceasta chestiune. Dar, probabil, eu nu voi fi pe acest tarim cind documentele legate de acest episod vor iesi la iveala. Ce anume ii face pe participant sa pastreze omerta cu privire la el, nu stiu, dar este clar ca este vorba de niste castane extrem de fierbinti.
3. Nu, nici Greco-catolicii nu se pot lauda cu integritatea sub comunism. Si ei au fost infiltrati. In ultimii ani au iesit la iveala detalii scabroase despre oameni pe care pina mai ieri ii consideram eroi.
4. Despre implicarea evanghelicilor in zilele din decembrie 1989 la Timisoara nu vreau sa vorbesc prea mult. Vreau doar sa mentionez ca, dincolo de cei care au platit scump pentru curajul lor nebun, si carora le datoram in mare parte libertatea, unii si-au construit monumente de eroi acolo unde a fost, de fapt, multa lasitate si oportunism.
In concluzie, convingerea mea este ca crestinii si biserica, de orice culoare ar fi aceea, nu a jucat decit un rol marginal si circumstantial in caderea comunismului in Romania.

Cu drezina

Revoluția română a început de la un pastor reformat ungur, minoritar religios și etnic. Într-o margine de țară, la Timișoara. Pe urmă, a izbucnit și la centru. Despre mai-marii religioși majoritari din Timișoara umblă o legendă stranie, cum că ar fi lăsat oameni să moară pe treptele catedralei, în loc să le deschidă ușa să se adăpostească. Zice-se că, totuși, mitropolitul – unul printre puținii (dacă nu chiar singurul) prelat care a recunoscut de bună voie că a fost colaborator al securității – era plecat din oraș.

Tot în Timișoara se mai consemnează un episod interesant: pastorul baptist Petre Dugulescu (și el cu ceva probleme la dosar, după cum s-a aflat ulterior) a ieșit în balconul Operei și a vorbit mulțimi, care, la îndemnul lui, a îngenuncheat să rostească rugăciunea Tatăl nostru.

Pastorul Iosif Țon anunța de ani de zile, în timpul predicilor sale difuzate de Radio Europa Liberă…

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Refugee

Please read this. We all need an epiphany this Christmass.

Malcolm Guite

Epiphany is over, the kings have set off home another way. But their arrival has triggered an appalling chain of events. Herod, then as now, thinks nothing of killing the innocent for political ends. The Christ-child is a refugee in the world he came to save. But God, who gives Himself for us all also calls us all to give an account to Him of how we have lived and loved in that world.

As always you can hear this sonnet by pressing the ‘play’ button, if it appears, or clicking on the title.

Refugee

We think of him as safe beneath the steeple,

Or cosy in a crib beside the font,

But he is with a million displaced people

On the long road of weariness and want.

For even as we sing our final carol

His family is up and on that road,

Fleeing the wrath of someone else’s…

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The US Embassy in Jerusalem: What’s the Big Deal? السفارة الأمريكية في القدس: ما الخطب في ذلك؟

In case you want to also hear a ME voice

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Mike Kuhn*

For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore (Isa 2:3b-4).

US President Donald Trump has moved to fulfill his campaign pledge, one that others made before him and failed to fulfill—to declare Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel and move the US embassy there. The initiative did not begin with President Trump.

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Beauty and Suffering Together, Part I

Monica begins telling the story of her encounter with her grandfather’s Securitate files.

Some Connectedness

Even though it’s the holiday season, I got a little courage to write this darker blog post from a taxi driver I rode with this afternoon. Today he chose to fly a Romanian flag with the center cut out of it and play protest songs instead of Christmas carols. Besides the holidays, there has just been a period of mourning for the death of the last king of Romania (ousted by the communist regime). Besides the period of mourning, right now is the anniversary of the Romanian revolution that took place December 16-25, 1989. Besides the anniversary, there are the protests against the new changes to the judicial system by former members of the old regime.

It’s been an especially emotional time for me because I was finally able to see the files that the dictatorship kept on my grandfather, who was a Baptist pastor. I spent a day and…

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Doru Buzducea: Eu cred în intervenția și sprijinul Divinității în viețile și carierele noastre

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Istorie Evanghelica

Doru Buzducea la Ruth

Eu cred în intervenția și sprijinul Divinității în viețile și carierele noastre, iar acest lucru ne schimbă perspectiva asupra lumii.

Prof. univ. dr. Doru Buzducea
Decanul Facultății de Sociologie și Asistență Socială

(interviu cu Dr. Marius Silveșan)

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Mircea Dinescu – Poveste de Crăciun

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În timp ce parchetul ne servește a enșpea teorie despre decembrie 1989, din care în mod ciudat dispar tocmai teroriștii securiști, specialiști totuși ai diversiunii, cărora le este substituită armata, aia frecată la munci agricole, canale și tot felul de case ale poporului, Mircea Dinesci stă oleacă pe gînduri și recompune această poveste de Crăciun. Un  Crăciun sîngeros, dacă vă mai aduceți aminite…

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Singurele simulatoare ale Revoluției române de care s-a vorbit pînă mai ieri au fost Ion Caramitru și subsemnatul.

Noi am simulat la televizor că dictatorul a fugit. Noi ne-am prefăcut cînd am îndemnat populația să iasă în stradă.

Iacătă însă că, după îndelungi cercetări, Procuratura ne anunță că n-am fi fost unicii simulanți și că pe acoperișurile unor clădiri din București niște aparate cu foc la gura țevii se prefăceau și ele că trag în mulțime spre a induce „psihoza terorismului”.

Carevasăzică teroriștii n-au…

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Tommy Preson Phillips – My 4 Rules For Responding To Nasty Emails

Scot McKnight published on his blog on Patheos these useful suggestions, coming from one of his students. Here are the 4 Rules:

  1. Wait 48 hours before responding
  2. Do not defend yourself
  3. No negativity!
  4. Look for substance

Read HERE the arguments.

 

 

 

 

 

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).

Andrei Vieru – Muzică funebră pentru Regele Mihai

Pentru o zi de doliu national.
Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca in pace pe regele nostru si sa aiba mila de noi.

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Și anume un preludiu de Chopin și Ravel cu La Vallée des cloches. Iar imaginile de la a doua postare, după cum scrie pianistul. „Locurile copilăriei Regelui Mihai: munții Bucegi (Vârfu’ cu dor și Piatra Arsă) văzuți din fața Castelului Peleș de la Sinaia, al căror contur le e familiar celor care, ca și Regele Mihai, și-au petrecut o parte din copilărie acolo.”. Mulțumesc Andrei pentru aceste daruri…

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O Jerusalem! If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes… آه يا أورشليم! يا قدسُ! لَيتَكِ عرَفْتِ اليومَ طريقَ السَّلام! ولكِنَّه الآنَ مَحجوبٌ عن عَينَيكِ… بقلم مرتان عقّاد

My friend Martin Accad reflects on the latest decision of Trump on moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Wise words. Thanks, Martin.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

These were Jesus’ words of lament, as he entered the city of Jerusalem, where shortly after he would meet his death on a Roman cross. The apostle Luke tells us in his account that Jesus wept over the city. But why did he weep?

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Triune Agency East and West: Uncreated Energies or Created Effects?

Adonis Vidu, who teaches theology at Gordon-Conwell imagines, very creatively, a dialogue between the Christian West and Christian East on disputed Trinitarian matters.
Well done, Adi. I can hardly wait for the next episode.

Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

It is not always appreciated that there are important differences between Eastern (Orthodox) and Western theologies (considered as a whole) on the question of how God acts in the world, in addition to their differing perspectives on the Trinity. As I am working on a paper that compares these two approaches, the following imaginary dialogue might be helpful to distill some of the differences.

Western theologian (W): We have learned from Augustine and Aquinas to refer to God’s action in the world as the production of certain ‘created effects.’

Eastern theologian (E): Respectfully, that seems to introduce a buffer between God and the world. If all we have are created effects, then how do we have communion with God himself?

W: Well, we talk of ‘created effects’ to preserve divine transcendence. Surely you would appreciate that.

E: Indeed we do. For us transcendence is also important; so is divine incomprehensibility…

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Andrei Plesu – Traditii anti-europene in Europa

Discurs susținut în cadrul ceremoniei de decernare a titlului de Doctor Honoris Causa al Universității Alexandru Ioan Cuza din Iași

Fr John Behr – Reading Scripture

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There are indeed many ways in which Scripture is read, and there is also great deal of debate about this, both on a general level and also within scholarly circles. But there is a certain feature of the reading of Scripture which is absolutely fundamental to the Christian tradition, from the initial proclamation of the gospel to the creeds propounded by the Councils. This is so important that Paul repeats it twice within a single sentence: ‘I delivered to you, as of first importance, what I also received, that Christ died in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried and rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures’ (1 Cor. 15:3–4). The Scriptures here are what we (somewhat misleadingly) call the ‘Old Testament’; and it is by reference to these same Scriptures that the Creed of Nicaea also states that Christ died and rose ‘in accordance with the Scriptures’. It is these Scriptures that provided the framework, the terms, the imagery, and the language by which the Apostles and Evangelists understood and proclaimed the revelation of God in Christ. They were and still are (even now we have the writings of the New Testament) the primary Scriptures of the Christian tradition (they are, after all, appealed to as the Scripture by the NT texts themselves), the primary texts by which we are led into the revelation of God in Christ.Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light of the Wold

second Advent candle

Today we relight the candle of HOPE.
Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE.

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace.

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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

The Christmas season is full of light – sparkling lights on the Christmas tree; houses in the neighborhood decorated with lights for the coming holiday; candles flickering on the mantle; a fire in the fireplace representing warmth, comfort, and hope. These are the images of light we will hold onto this Advent season.

And we hold these images as hope not only for our own lives; but for the lives of those suffering in Palestine, Israel, the Middle East, and around the world. We remember in our prayers this week:

  • The men, women, and children who are living in Gaza; often with only a few hours of electricity per day.
  • The 60,000 internally displaced persons in Gaza still waiting for a durable housing solution since the destruction of their homes during the 2014 Gaza War.
  • The families affected by the 155 demolitions or confiscations of Palestinian owned structures in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during September and October 2016.
  • Those affected by the terrible fires throughout Israel and the West Bank that destroyed hundreds of homes, displacing tens of thousands.

We close with a prayer from The Reverend Said Ailabouni, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Illinois:

God of mercy and compassion,
of grace and reconciliation,
pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East:
Jews, Muslims and Christians,
Palestinians and Israelis.
Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust, despair to hope,
oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation,
that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces,
and peace and justice could be experienced by all.

(Source, Churches for Middle East Peace.)

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Advent 2017 – Light Shines in Darkness

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In him was life,
and that life was the light of the people.
The light shines in darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
(John 1:4-5)

Advent is a season of waiting. The anticipation of things to come. The desperate hope that the darkness of the world is not the end of the story; but one day light will prevail.

For those invested and paying attention to the political realities of the Middle East, often darkness seems to rule the day. There is much darkness to lament.

The darkness of the Syrian conflict that has raged for more than half a decade and has

resulted in the displacement and death of millions… Read More »

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.

David G Benner – Knowing Oneness

David G Benner shares with us today a wonderful reflection of the essential human thirst for oneness in Christ. This will sound quite familiar, even if, possibly, more holistic and challenging, for those acquainted with the Eastern Orthodox concepts of theosis or deification, and with the classic universal Christian concept of mystical union.

I will let you read the entre text on Dr Benner’s blog, but here is, as a teaser, a beautiful prayer rooted in the indigenous Lakota concept of Mitakuye Oyasin – in English, “all my relations.” Enjoy!

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and carries the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One is not more important than the other. Each evolves from the other and yet each is dependent upon the others. All of us are a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

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Comentarii pe baza unui text legat de sintagma ‘spatiul intelectual laic’

Domnul Costel Ghioancă a lansat o discuție pe pagina sa de pe platforma academia.edu legata de implicațiile pe care le are utilizarea sintagmei „spațiul academic laic” în codul etic al Universității București, invitându-mă să comentez cu privire la textul afișat de domnia sa, ceea ce am și făcut (textul său poate fi accesat AICI, dacă aveți un cont pe această platformă).
Dat fiind că, după opinia mea, această discuție este de interes mai larg, am decis să afișez aici comentariile mele. Sper că textul meu este destul de explicit pentru cei care nu au acces la academia.edu. Dacă nu, sunt deschis să ofer explicații.

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Stimate domnule Ghioancă,

Cred ca înțeleg motivația acestui text, și consimt la ea, dar nu împărtășesc, necesarmente, nici unele dintre premise, nici concluziile ei. Iată, deci, câteva observații personale pe marginea articolului dvs.:

  1. Mai întâi, nu doar în acest text, ci în general în limba romana, inclusiv în DEX, avem de-a face cu o confuzie terminologica izvorâta din analfabetismul religios care domină spațiul public după modernitate. Sorgintea ei este una comunista în prima instanța, si aceasta este întărita de uzajul terenului paralel francez, ‘laicité’, în loc de secular/secularitate.

Termenul ‘laic’ este la origine unul eclesial, si este opusul terenului ‘cleric’. Ca atare, el se refera NU la cineva care este anti- sau a-religios, ci la o persoana nu este hirotonită/ordinata, indiferent daca acea persoana este un credincios sau nu.Read More »

Molly Worthen – How to Escape From Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism

Molly Worthen

Molly Worthen (born 1981), is a historian of American religion and a liberal journalist. She is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of an exceptional book, which every evangelical should absolutely read: Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism. In this article, published by The New York Times, she reflects on the profound crisis on American evangelicalism, in the light of the current Roy Moore ethics scandal. Here are just a few excerpts.

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…a new ritual has superseded Sunday worship and weeknight Bible studies: a profane devotional practice, with immense power to shape evangelicals’ beliefs. This “liturgy” is the nightly consumption of conservative cable news.

When I sought out conservative and progressive critics of white evangelical politics and asked them how to best understand it, this was their answer: pay attention to worship, both inside and outside of church, because the church is not doing its job. Humans thrive on ritual and collective acts of devotion. And the way we worship has political consequences. It shapes our response to evil and our reaction to people different from ourselves.

The philosopher James K. A. Smith, who teaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., has argued that our lives are shot through with unconscious acts of worship, whether we genuflect at the Apple Store or wake up whispering prayers for our child’s admission to the Ivy League. “We are, ultimately, liturgical animals because we are fundamentally desiring creatures,” he writes in his book “Desiring the Kingdom.” “We are what we love.”

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that 11 o’clock on a Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America, he was acknowledging the special power that ritual and community have to stoke or weaken both love and hatred. There is no substitute for sharing the bread and wine — the climax of the Christian liturgy — with people unlike yourself, Ms. Schiess said. She called for fighting false idols with right worship: “Fox News forms a fear, a caricature of other people; if communion were done in churches with diverse populations, it would counteract that fear.”

f you’re wondering what the future of not-so-organized religion looks like, look to the community that has grown up around “The Liturgists,” a podcast hosted by Michael Gungor, a musician, and Mike McHargue, a science writer (both are former evangelicals).
When they began the podcast in 2014, “we started it out of a sense of existential loneliness,” Mr. Gungor told me. They broadcast liturgical music, meditations and interviews with theologians and activists. The podcast has nurtured a community with a life of its own. Listeners find one another through social media, and the co-hosts travel the country to convene events where fans eat, drink and worship together — groups that often continue meeting after Mr. Gungor and Mr. McHargue leave town.
“As America deinstitutionalizes and moves away from religion, people — especially millennials — have lost something. Their community becomes primarily virtual, they’re seeing people through a screen and not flesh and blood, and there’s great data that this leads them to loneliness and depression,” Mr. McHargue said. “The core of every podcast is, ‘you’re not alone,’ and that draws people in, but we can’t stay there. We have to draw them into some kind of communal practice.”

All these people have one thing in common: the instinct that worship should be an act of humility, not hubris. It should be a discomfiting experience, not a doubling down on what’s easy and familiar. The battle for the soul of evangelicalism, the struggle to disentangle it from white supremacy, from misogyny — and from the instinct to defend politicians like Roy Moore — demands sound arguments grounded in evidence. But the effort must also advance at the precognitive level, in the habits and relationships of worshiping communities. Fellowship has the power to refashion angry gut feelings and instead form meek hearts and bounden duty.

(Read HERE the entire article.)

 

 

Kirsteen Kim – Unlocking Theological Resource Sharing Between North and South


Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Kirsteen Kim deals in this Lausanne article with what I consider to be one of the tragedies of present day evangelicalism: the Western financial and institutional domination of evangelicalism, in the context of a growing evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic dynamic moving rapidly East and South.
The author suggests a number of well meaning possible solutions for ‘unlocking resource sharing’ in this context. However, I am afraid that, like in the Lausanne movement itself, unless something radical and prophetic happens, the ‘golden rule’ (meaning, ‘who has the gold, makes the rules’ ) will continue to dominate the North-South dynamic. And, for the moment, this dynamic seems to be governed more by the capitalist free market mechanism than by the principles of the Kingdom of God).
From this point of view, I am more hopeful in what secular institutions are trying to do (like the current European Union discussion that access should be TOTALLY FREE for ALL scholarly journals), than in the willingness of Christians to think and act outside of the capitalist box.
I am very curious what others think about this.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

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key dilemma faced by theological educators is that, whereas most students are in the South, many of the resources are in the North.

  • Although, throughout the North, the overwhelming majority of church leaders have theological education, sometimes to doctoral level, overall enrolment in theological education is declining, including in evangelical schools.
  • In the South, many churches are led by people without the benefit of theological education and without access to it. However, although concrete data on theological education in the South is lacking, regional theological associations report rapid growth. Moreover, some faculty at institutions in the South now have higher levels of faculty qualifications to enable them to offer doctoral degrees.

Despite the shifting picture, the absolute majority of teaching staff, scholarship funds, theological libraries and publications are still located in the North. Furthermore, the decline of theological education in the North, together with the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, has restricted the already-limited funds available from the North for theological education in the South.

Despite the financial constraints, there is much that can be done to address the current imbalance in theological education between North and South. I shall give some practical examples and suggestions of resource sharing below. However, in order for this to happen, we need the kind of theological education that encourages such sharing.

One of the reasons for the inadequate resource sharing is that theological education—both in the North and the South—is dominated by models developed to serve the institutional church of a largely homogenous community in a particular locality.

Along with the development of missional church, we need missional theological education. Becoming missional is not just a matter of adding in optional courses in ‘missiology’ or ‘global Christianity’; it requires a paradigm shift in the way the entire theological curriculum is taught. This change is happening:

  • Biblical studies is recognizing the cultural and regional diversity of the early church.
  • Systematic theology is taking account of the systems of thought in Asia, Africa, and indigenous peoples.
  • Church history is becoming integrated with mission history, and recognizing the polycentric nature of Christian movements.
  • Practical theology is focusing not only on local but also on global questions and on their interconnectedness.

When we learn through our theological education to value the whole church—diverse, multicultural, global, and interdependent—we will realize the importance of resource sharing. The Lausanne Movement can be a catalyst to speed up change, which needs to take place in the accrediting agencies as well as the institutions for theological education.

(Read HERE the entire article, to find the solutions suggested by the author to this serious problem.)

 

 

 

Voicu Bojan – Un corporatist bucurestean printre refugiatii din Lesbos


Gabi Macovei – soț și tată, biciclist solitar,
poet pentru prieteni și specialist în comunicare
din București. Crede în supraviețuirea rasei
umane prin rock’n’roll și mașini electrice.

Dialogul de mai jos a fost publicat de amicul Voicu Bojan pe platforma pressone.ro. Este un text care trebuie citit neaparat.

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Gabriel Macovei își pusese de o vreme în cap să petreacă o săptămână ca voluntar într-o tabără de refugiați. Voia să verifice dacă el – familist dedicat, city boy sofisticat și ușor hipsterish – e în continuare viu, capabil să-și ajute semenii, și dacă e sensibil la drama unor necunoscuți aflați între spaima de moarte și limanul speranței.
Așa a ajuns în tabăra Moria din Lesbos, ca voluntar pentru EuroRelief, unul dintre zecile de ONG-uri care activează în această insulă elenă aflată foarte aproape de coastele Turciei.
Experiența l-a schimbat. Cum și de ce? Peste ce poți da într-o tabără de refugiați? Nu cumva, în final, dai chiar de tine însuți, dar altfel decât te știai înainte?
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John Pavlovitz – If You Voted for Donald Trump, You Owe My Children an Apology

John Pavlovitz

Note: This is a vitriolic and well deserved indictment to all those who, in their foolishness have made possible the election o an utter fool as President of  United States,

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If you voted for Donald Trump, you owe my children an apology.

You owe them an apology for making them grow up with a hateful, incompetent, petulant, predatory monster as their President.

For placing their safety in the hands of an impulsive child, who trolls world leaders with nuclear weapons and wields our military like an insecure coward brandishes a gun at a party.

For unleashing the fierce tide of bullying, racism, bigotry, and homophobia they have to see in their classrooms and ball fields and neighborhoods—because the man you chose has repeatedly encouraged and legislated it.

For making them do “shooter drills” at school, because you’ve sanctioned a man who is fully in bed with the NRA, who removes barriers to mentally ill people getting guns, and who does nothing to prevent military weapon proliferation.

For the terrifying images of a crowd of emboldened, violent, torch wielding Nazis terrorizing a town—and of a President who coddled them afterward.

For the inexplicable disconnect they see in a man claiming to be Christian—while being so devoid of anything remotely resembling Jesus.

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Horia-Roman Patapievici – Religie și politică. Rolul și locul creștinului în viața politică

Centrul Areopagus din Timisoara celebreaza zilele acestea 20 de ani de existenta. Cu aceasta ocazie a fost organizat evenimentul special pe care il puteti urmari aici inregistrat.

Eveniment special, sâmbătă, 11 noiembrie 2017, ora 11, la sediul centrului Areopagus din Timișoara. Invitat de onoare: Horia-Roman Patapievici. Am discutat împreună despre religie și politică, cu accent pe rolul și locul creștinului în viața politică.

Otniel Bunaciu, Mișcarea baptistă (Întrebări și răpunsuri)

Aici gasiti si sesiunea de intrebari si raspunsuri care a urmat prezentarii dr. Otniel Bunaciu la sesiunea de comunicari legata de Reforma.

Istorie Evanghelica

Sesiunea de întrebări și răspunsuri legată de prelegerea “Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire” susținută în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.

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Otniel Bunaciu, Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire

Iata aici si ultima prezentare din cadrul sesiunii de comunicari legata de comemorarea a 500 de ani de la Reforma la ITB Bucuresti

Istorie Evanghelica

Mișcarea baptistă – o identitate în continuă devenire a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
Profesorul Otniel Bunaciu vorbește în cadrul prelegerii sale despre aspectele identitare ale mișcării baptiste, unul dintre acestea fiind libertatea.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide – A Prayer Diary for Cuba

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“God gives us strength based on our faith. We are fighting for freedom. Our Lord said the truth will set you free and we are fighting for this ideal.” Berta Soler is a human rights activist and the leader of the Ladies in White group. Berta exemplifies the courage and perseverance of Cuba’s human rights activists, church leaders and hundreds of others who face daily harassment just because of what they believe.

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Fếlix Llerena López is a young religious freedom defender who was arrested three months after an advocacy visit to Washington, DC with CSW. He wasn’t permitted to travel and had even been expelled from university. However, the charges against him have now been dropped: praise God for this good news.Read More »

North Korea – A Communist Human Rights Hell

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(Source, Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Map of Western Media

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Take your pick.

(Source, HERE.)

John Pavlovitz – A Letter to Survivors of Sexual Assault

John Pavlovitz

To every person who has survived harassment, abuse, or violation:

Dear Friend,

I’ve been thinking about you and wanted you to hear a few things today, in case you never hear them for anyone else. I so hope this reaches you.

I imagine these days must be difficult for you.

Not that every day isn’t difficult given what you’ve endured, but I imagine these are especially painful times—
to see the headlines and the hashtags, and to be continually reminded of the personal hell you’ve walked through;
to watch people debate the veracity of accusers,
to see survivors cross-examined by strangers,
to hear supposed adults suggest a child’s consent,
to listen to professed Christians defend predatory politicians using the Bible,
to see lawmakers take the side of the victimizers,
to witness admitted offenders being rewarded.Read More »

George Hankock Ștefan – Reforma, limbaj, naționalism și erezie

Inca una dintre contributiile la recenta sesiune de comunicari dedicata Reformei la ITB Bucuresti.

Istorie Evanghelica

Reforma, limbaj, naționalism și erezie a fost titlul prelegerii susținute în cadrul Conferinței științifice Reforma protestantă și limbajele credinței organizată de Facultatea de Teologie Baptistă, Universitatea din București în data de 31 octombrie 2017. Evenimentul a fost organizat în contextul celebrării a 500 de ani de Reformă protestantă.
În cadrul prelegerii se vorbește despre folosirea limbilor naționale pentru traducerea Bibliei și actele de cult, dar și despre naționalism și erezie

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