This Thanksgiving, we are encouraged and reminded to be grateful, but what does God-like gratitude look like? Jesus brought us a new humanity that transcends ethnic and social boundaries, but do we as Christians have vision for those displaced and oppressed? As we conclude our study on the spiritual practice of sharing a meal, it is wise to consider if we are setting a place at the table for everyone.
The following post was taken from the CCOB Newsletter, Volume 2018, Issue #6.
We must loathe lukewarm people. This message is found throughout scripture. Those who are violent are better off, even if initially they do evil. We cannot expect anything from souls who are slumbering; from those who do good – or think they do good – by abstaining from evil. A heart that is on fire, even if it bewilders us at times, is equipped to serve. God freely chooses his saints from among the great sinners, but never from among those who are lukewarm – from those who do not risk anything.
The invitation is given to join us Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, for the following:
–7:30am Easter Sunrise Service (A Garden Experience, a service of readings, scripture, and singing)
–Breakfast, immediately following the Sunrise Service
–9:30am Easter Worship (Sermon: Beyond Experience)
The Canton Church of the Brethren is a community of faith that values DIGNITY, putting it into practice by fostering wholeness, balance, and peace through respect of God’s creation.
All are welcome!
The Canton Church of the Brethren is pleased to announce an opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about Buddhism. This project will happen from May-June 2017 and is being led by Carol Davis and Colin Davis. It will consist of 3 parts:
Guest speaker Joe Brewer speaks on the “Beloved Community”.
God’s dream is for all people to be seen and treated with dignity. His greatest instrument to realize this dream is His Church. This dream harmonizes with Dr. Martin Luther King’s idea of The Beloved Community, the idea that our society must be based on justice, peace, equality, and love. Are we prepared to work with other churches, organizations, and faiths to share this dream of the beloved community?
Taken from the IL/WI District Newsletter, January 2017
Stanley Hauerwas in War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity states: “…the church does not have an alternative to war. The church is the alternative to war. When Christians no longer see the reality of the church as an alternative to the world’s reality, we abandon the world to war.”
After the Congregational Forum meeting on November 13, we transitioned to a large-group kick-off meeting, where Carol Davis shared a recap of the purpose of our Dignity Quest and encouragement and positive thoughts about the journey we have chosen to take in our congregational quest for DIGNITY.
Following that, we broke into small groups that focused on each of the 5 Passion areas: Relationships; Ministry & Education; Environment; History & Tradition; Community.
Following the half-hour meetings, all groups combined to enjoy Spaghetti Fellowship! A big THANKS is in order for Jackie Davis for organizing the meal.
Although we have seen Facebook posts and news releases stating that the Nigerian army has defeated the Boko Haram, violence still continues in northeast Nigeria. Most of the ongoing attacks in the Madagali and Gwoza area are not reported anywhere. One big attack, killing or injuring over 100 people in a Madagali market in December, did make the news.
A Ted talk I recently watched states that we often begin divergent dialogue with each other at the wrong place. We frequently begin with political correctness. Political correctness requires us to be careful what we say, to be forthright but smoothing off the edges of sharpness. If we speak in politically correct ways, then we cause less harm to the other whose views are distinctly different. However, being politically correct may leave room for misinterpretation. Those in dialogue then begin to speak past one another, unsure of what the other has said. What is intended as unharmful can be misinterpreted as disrespect.
While I continue to read, my reading time has been significantly reduced this year. Maybe that has something to do with moving and spending more time wielding a paint brush. Now that painting is finished, or nearly finished, books will regain their seat of importance. My non-substantive rambling aside, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about books that I have read this year that I found entertaining, educational, and enriching in the manner of expanding my mind.