*Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 7-8pm the CCOB held our second study group on Buddhism. Our instructor is Carol Davis. In case you missed it, here is an overview of what we learned.
Anyone wishing to participate in our book study we will be reading the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse (check the link for pricing on Amazon, it is very affordable).
Please let Carol Davis know if you can attend our June 23 trip to the Chicago Buddhist center (one option is to fill out a contact form through our website). Everyone is welcome to attend this experience regardless of participation in the class.
The following article is taken from the IL/WI District Church of the Brethren newsletter ¨The Reflector¨ May 2017, Volume 14, Issue 4. If you´d like to subscribe to the Reflector, please leave a message in our contact box and we will have one sent directly to your inbox.
Late night show host Jimmy Kimmel opened his program Monday May 1, with an emotional monologue about the birth of his son which occurred just a few days before. Shortly after the birth, a nurse noticed that the baby’s color was purple (Kimmel´s words). A doctor was summoned and upon further testing it was discovered the baby had been born with a heart defect. Efforts began immediately to call in a specialist who within hours performed surgery that saved the little boy´s life as well as helping him avoid complications later on in life. Kimmel expressed thanks to all those instrumental in providing such great care for his newborn son. He also spoke with emotion about other children in the Children’s Hospital where his son’s surgery was performed. He noted that his son and these other children had the opportunity for a future because of medical knowledge and care, and also because of medical insurance. He wondered what it would be like for children in need of such significant medical treatment without the availability of insurance. It was a plea for the insurance benefits available to all to continue. It was a plea for justice, for life, a voice for the most vulnerable–children and those unable to afford high-cost medical treatment.
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Mercy is provided to those God calls. But mercy is more than an entitlement. It is a gift that empowers us to act, to serve, to be available to and for others.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:2-10
Taken from the The Canton Chronicle 2017, Vol. #3.
I recall visiting the Senate chamber in the Illinois State Capitol and being quite amazed. I had expected when the session opened that the senators would be in their seats being quite attentive to the business-at-hand. What I witnessed was a chamber with many empty seats, senators and staff frantically moving around, and several mini conversations happening here and there while business was being conducted. I may be exaggerating to a degree but not much.
It was a magazine article about a blessing box that set this project in motion. The article was shared with the Community Passion Group, the article sparked interest, interest developed into conversation, conversation developed into action, and we gather here today with the result of that action standing in front of us — a blessing box.
Mercy is provided to those God calls. But mercy is more than an entitlement. It is gift that empowers us to act, to serve, to be available to and for others.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2: 2-10