Friday, March 11, 2011

Colleagues List, March 12th, 2011

Vol. VI. No. 26

In this Issue

Special Item This Week -

Book Notice:
"I Shall Not Hate"
by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Colleague Comment:

Tony Parel

Colleague Contributions:

Lorna Dueck
Martin Marty

Net Notes:

Lenten Message (Video)
International Women's Day
NS Bishop's Residence for Sale
Israel Refuses Anglican Bishop
Asia Bibi Fears that She is Next
Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests
Uncovering the Bones of Old Sins
Pope's New Book on Jesus - Part II
Canadian Anglicans/Lutherans' 10 Years
Dalai Lama Gives Up His Political Role

Global Faith Potpourri:

Ten ENI Stories This Week

Quotes of the Week:

Wangari Maathai
John Dear
T.S. Eliot
Therese of Lisieux

On This Day: (March 5th - March 10th)

March 5, 1946 - Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech
March 7, 1965 - Civil rights march in Selma, Ala.
March 8, 1917 - Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg
March 10, 1985 - Chernenko dies, Gorbachev is successor

Closing Thought - God is Love. Love is Dog



Dear Friends:

As I prepare this issue of Colleagues List
for mailing I have alerted to word of a
new tsunami tragedy in Japan:

Breaking News Alert

The New York Times
Fri, March 11, 2011 -- 1:38 AM ET

Tsunami Hits Japan After 8.8 Magnitude
Earthquake Off Coast

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 struck
off the coast of Japan on Friday afternoon
local time, according the United States
Geological Survey.

Local Japanese television broadcast images
of cars, trucks and buildings being swept
away by a tsunami in Onahama city in Fukushima
prefecture, according to The Associated Press.

Read More:

Here is how Anglicans are responding:

More on this in my next issue.

In this Issue -

This week, my Special Item is a
Book Notice on the exciting title:

"I Shall Not Hate" 
 by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

We have secured this book for our
Monday Night Study at St. David's, 
Calgary during the remaining weeks 
of March this year.

Colleague Comment:

Tony Parel - announces a new volume
on Mohandas Gandhi he has helped to 
edit for Cambridge University Press

Colleague Contributions:

Lorna Dueck - learns from a bishop
Martin Marty - writes about hell


Net Notes:

"Lenten Message (Video)" - Mardi Tindal,
Moderator of the United Church of Canada,
was in the Holy Land recently, and sends
her thoughts (YouTube)

"International Women's Day" - a series of
articles on a significant date, this week -
(ENI, Christian Science Monitor, Guardian UK, 
Ucan News)

"Bishop's Residence for Sale" - Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia will see a downgrade in bishop's
quarters as the local RC diocese seeks funds 
to cover the costs of the sex abuse scandal
(Halifax Chronicle Herald)

"Israel Refuses Anglican Bishop" - a bishop
is denied residency in Israel, apparently
because he has displeased his hosts -
(Ucan News Asia)

"Asia Bibi Fears that She is Next" - with
the assassination of a prominent Christian
politician in Pakistan, another Christian
fears for her own life while in prison
(Catholic News Agency)

"Philadelphia Suspends 21 Priests" -
after years of stonewalling, the Catholic
archbishop of Philadelphia makes a move
(The Guardian, UK)

"Uncovering the Bones of Old Sins" - one
of the great untold stories has been the
treatment of Chinese prisoners by the
Japanese during World War II. Now that
case is opening up (Ucan News Asia)

"Pope's New Book on Jesus - Part II" -
Considerable fanfare and good press is
greeting the appearance of the pope's
latest book on Jesus (part II) and I
also post my CNS review of part I) -
(ENI, National Catholic Reporter, First 
Things, The Tablet, UK,

"Canadian Anglicans/Lutherans at 10 Years" -
As reported some weeks ago, two Canadian
mainline denominations have found new life
and strength as a result of forging ties
(ELCIC and Anglican Church News)

"Dalai Lama Gives Up His Political Role" -
The Tibetan faith and political leader has
decided to give up the latter position -
(Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor)

Global Faith Potpourri:

Ten ENI stories are offered this week.


Quotes of the Week:

Wangari Maathai, John Dear, T.S. Eliot
and Therese of Lisieux share their insights
with us.

On This Day: (March 5th - March 10th)

Read stories that were written as history
was unfolding from the archives of the
New York Times:

Churchill's  "Iron Curtain" speech (1946)
Civil rights march begins in Selma (1965)
Russian Revolution in St. Petersburg (1917)
Chernenko dies, Gorbachev is successor (1985)

Closing Thought - "God is Love. Love is Dog"

Lent is now underway, and with it our hopes
that we have seen the worst of winter here in
Alberta and are on our way to warmer weather! 




Contact us at: (or)
St. David's Web Address -

Listen to audio recordings of Sunday services -



Created and maintained by Colleague
Jock McTavish



Books Considered:

"An Altar in the World"
 by Barbara Brown Taylor


"I Shall Not Hate -
 A Gaza Doctor's Journey"
 by Izzeldin Abuelaish

More study and website particulars will
be posted as they become available.

Classes are well underway!

Here is the link to the sessions:




We continue our investigation of the
New Atheists and consider the question:
"Can we be good without God?"

Text for the course will be Sam Harris'
new book:

"The Moral Landscape:
 How Science Can Determine Human Values"
 (Free Press, October, 2010)

Supplementary text:

"Godless Morality" by Richard Holloway
 (Canongate (new edition) 2009)

Course description and registration

Classes going well. A great group
representing a gamut of believers
through atheists. I hope to learn
much from them and will post insights
as they emerge.


A Joint Project of the Multi-Faith
Chaplains and St. David's ACTS Ministry

This Year's Subject:

"Community and Growth" by Jean Vanier.

The book first appeared in 1989 and
continues to be widely read.

Learn from Vanier's years of experience
in L'Arche communities around the world.

This book will be of interest to those
who seek insights for living and
working together in a pluralistic
society such as our own.

This study is for university faculty,
staff and interested students. It runs
runs for six weeks, beginning March 3rd.

Time: Thursdays, 12 noon to 1:00PM
      March 3rd through April 7th, 2011

Cost: Free. Copies of the book available
      for purchase, courtesy of the
      Christian Reformed Chaplaincy
      and thanks to Paul Verhoef

Location: Small Board Room, Native Centre,
          McEwan Student Centre.

Vanier book study link:




We plan a 15-day tour of special Celtic sites
in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England -
April 26th - May 10th, 2011.

A highlight of the tour will be a visit to
St. David's Cathedral, Pembrokeshire. Choir
members from our group will sing at various
informal cathedral events through the day
and at Evening Prayers on Saturday, May 7th!

We have 25 choristers signed up as part of
the tour group. This special choir began
rehearsals in late January - led by our
congregation's music director, Brent Tucker.

Details have been finalized with St. David's 
Cathedral dean, Fr. Jonathan Lean. We are
being warmly welcomed! 

We are also planning to sing while visiting
other locations on our tour. More details
to follow.


January 26th was the deadline for all
trip payments - 90 days before departure.

We have started an interest list for other,
future tours!

Let me know if you are interested in knowing
more about exciting, spiritual tourism! This
is a cutting edge ministry at St. David's.
We hope to do many more of these tours in future!

Take a look at this St. David's Sacred Site:



A collection of twenty-five+ studies conducted
since 2000 can quickly be found at:

This collection of study resources represents
a decade of Monday Night Studies at St. David's,
plus extra courses too!

You are welcome to use our course outlines,
class notes and resource pages in your personal
and group reflections.



Book Notice:

A Gaza Doctor's Journey
Vintage Canada, March 29th, 2011
$21.00 CA. paperback, 224 pages.
ISBN # 978-0-307-358899.

YouTube Presentation by Dr. Abuelaish
(six minutes)


Publisher's Promo:

A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised 
in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, 
Izzeldin Abuelaish is an infertility specialist 
who lives in Gaza but works in Israel. The Gaza 
doctor has been crossing the lines in the sand 
that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most 
of his life--as a physician who treats patients 
on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who 
sees the need for improved health and education 
for women as the way forward in the Middle East.
And, most recently, as the father whose daughters 
were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16/09 
during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip. 

It was Izzeldin's response to this tragedy that 
made news and won him humanitarian awards around 
the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking 
into hatred, he called for the people in the 
region to start talking to each other. His 
deepest hope is that his daughters will be 
"the last sacrifice on the road to peace between 
Palestinians and Israelis.



"In this book, Doctor Abuelaish has expressed 
a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and 
reconciliation that describes the foundation 
for a permanent peace in the Holy Land." 

— Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

"It is impossible to read this book without 
feeling deep compassion for Abuelaish and his 
surviving children, and profound respect for 
his determination to turn tragedy into triumph." 

— Winnipeg Free Press

“This story is a necessary lesson against 
 hatred and revenge.”
 — Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“A vivid, haunting and all but heartbreaking 
account...Fast-paced, skillfully organized and 
highly evocative.”

— Toronto Star


Author's Words:

Most of the world has heard of the Gaza Strip.
But few know what it's like to live here -
blockaded and impoverished, year after year,
watching while promises are broken and
opportunities lost.

Everything is denied to us in Gaza. The 
response to each of our needs is "No."

You can't expect an unhealthy person to think
logically. But no help is available to ease
the tension.

How can Gazans attract the attention of the
international community? Even humanitarian
aid organizations depend on permission from
Israel to enter and leave the Gaza Strip.

The acts of violence committed by the
Palestinians are really expressions of the 
frustration and rage of a people who feel
impotent and hopeless.

I have lived in this tension in various
degrees for my whole life... But even as
a child I always had hope for a better

I got much of my early education in Israel.
All of my adult life I have had one foot in
Palestine and the other in Israel, an
unusual path in this region.

(Author goes on to explain how his wife died,
then three of his children were killed from
an Israeli rocket attack.)

Recently, I've been offered a chance to work
at a hospital in Canada. This came after my
wife and three of my daughters have died, but
the rest of my children will accompany me.
My three oldest will go to the University of
Toronto and the five youngest will go to
public school when we live in Toronto.

This will allow us to live for a time out
of the constant tension of Gaza and they
would be safe... I am so happy all of them
have agreed to come with me to Toronto;
there we could all be together, with no
border to cross every day.

From the time I was a very small boy I
have been able to find the good piece of a 
bad story, and that was always the attitude 
I tried to bring to the considerable obstacles 
that have challenged me, and it was how I 
managed to move from one crossing to another. 

It seemed to me I'd gathered strength from one 
to prepare for the next.

This story is what happened to me, to my
daughters, to Gaza.

- from "Sand and Sky" (chapter one)

My Comments:

Many people living in the Western world
experienced a great amount of guilt over what
happened to the Jewish people in the Holocaust
or Shoah - as we have come to know it.

Ironically, the victims of the Holocaust,
having finally achieved a land of their own in 
Palestine, seem to be treating the indigenous
people of that land as they themselves have
been treated.

Victims have become victimizers.

Many of us have long hoped that the Israelis
would be able to live without fear of their
enemies in their ancient homeland and that 
the Palestinians would be able to have a 
country of their own, without fear of the

Jimmy Carter and many others like him have
devoted much of their lives to this hope,
but the possibility continues to allude those
who want a peaceful solution in the region.


Personal spirituality is not another name for
private spirituality. Those who seek to build
a spiritual philosophy for themselves are at
the same time compelled to seek peace and
justice in the world. This truth may seem
self-evident, but it is not easily achieved.

Many spiritual seekers avoid the problems of
the world. Many justice seekers avoid dealing
with their personal spirituality. It is very
important to develop both dimensions of faith.

We have grown in our appreciation of Celtic
spirituality and from the work of authors like
Barbara Brown Taylor whose book "An Altar in
the World" has also helped us to experience
the extraordinary in the ordinary aspects of

We need to keep alert to the parallel truth
that justice and peace are not separate, but
fully integrated to the life of the spirit.

Gandhi, Mandela, King and the Dalai Lama
have all taught us that. We need to continue
to look for models to help us carry those
principles into the challenges we face today.


I believe that Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a
mentor in the tradition of the greats noted

His book brings the story of a victimized
people to world attention. Still, he does
not proclaim a doctrine of hatred for Israel.

"He transcends medicine" is what a Jewish
colleague, Dr. Marek Glazerman of the
Rabin Medical Center in Israel, says of him.

"He transcends human tribal and religious 
spiritualities" - is what I hope you will come 
to appreciate after reading this book.

"I Shall Not Hate" will appear in paperback at 
the end of March, 2011.

Buy the paper edition for $16. from




March 11th, 2011

Dear Wayne,

Many thanks for the newsletter, which as 
always I read from beginning to end. 

I hope your trip to UK will be exciting and 
spiritually fruitful.

Perhaps some of your readers may be interested 
in "The Cambridge Companion to Gandhi," which 
has just come out. I have edited this together 
with Prof. Judith Brown of Oxford University. 
It contains 12 original essays on Gandhi on 
various topics written by Gandhi scholars from 
all over the world. For more information please 

Here is the link to the book:

I am sure you are holding up the health front. 
Warm regards to you and Marlene.




Lorna Learns from Whitehorse Bishop -

"Jailed in Haste, Repent at Leisure"

Globe and Mail
March 9th, 2011



Marty Reflects on
Evangelicals and Hell

March 7th, 2011

"Hell's Bells"




Mardi Tindal Sends Her Thoughts
from the Garden of Gethsemane

YouTube - United Church of Canada
March 4th, 2011



Ecumenical News International
8 March 2011

Women's Day turns attention on Scripture,
communication, advocacy

New York (ENI news) - Global commemorations 
of International Women's Day have included 
a public call for reading the Bible "through 
a gender lens." 


What's It All About?

Christian Science Monitor
March 8th, 2011


100 Most Inspirational Women
Several Important Categories

The Guardian, UK
March 8th, 2011


Orissa Women Rally for Peace

Ucan News
March 9th, 2011


Funds Needed to Cover Abuse Cases

Halifax Chronicle Herald
March 10th, 2011


Jerusalem Church Leader Barred

Ucan News
March 7th, 2011


Pakistani Woman Sees Bad Sign in 
the Murder of Pakistani Official

Catholic News Agency
March 10th, 2011


Archbishop Acts on Abuse

The Guardian, UK
March 9th, 2011


Cardinal Places 21 Priests on Leave

National Catholic Reporter
March 9th, 2011


Japan Performed Atrocities on Chinese

Ucan News
March 9th, 1011



Ecumenical News Service
March 10th, 2011

Pope links violence in God's name 
to Antichrist

Vatican City (ENI news) - Violence committed 
in the name of God or religion is a "favorite 
instrument of the Antichrist," Pope Benedict 
XVI writes in a new book on the life and 
teachings of Jesus.

"Violence does not build up the kingdom of God, 
the kingdom of humanity," Benedict writes. "On 
the contrary, it is a favorite instrument of the 
Antichrist, however idealistic its religious 
motivation may be. It serves not humanity, but 


New Book Shows Benedict as
His Own Best Spokesperson

National Catholic Reporter
March 10th, 2011


"He Endured the Anguish of History"
 Excerpts from Jesus of Nazareth
 by Pope Benedict XVI

First Things
March 7th, 2011


Tablet (UK) Book Review: 

March 10th, 2011


My Review of His First Book: 

"Jesus of Nazareth, Part I" (CNS)
May 15th, 2007


Two Churches Live in Partnership

Anglican Church News
March 9th, 2011


Spiritual Leader Defines Himself

Washington Post YouTube
March 10th, 2011


China Cool to Dalai Lama Decision

He plans to resign as Tibetan
government-in-exile leader

Christian Science Monitor
March 10th, 2011



Ecumenical News International
News Highlights
8 March 2011

Churches urged to strengthen 
prison reform efforts

Abuja, Nigeria (ENI news) - Prisons "are 
structures of the human condition and 
structures of sin," often reflecting a 
society's revenge against its incarcerated 
citizens, rather than their rehabilitation, 
the founder of Nigeria's prison chaplains 
told a conference on prison reform. 

Christchurch cathedral search reveals 
no quake victims

Wellington, New Zealand (ENI news) = Following 
widespread reports that 20 to 22 people had 
been trapped inside the Anglican cathedral in 
Christchurch, New Zealand after a devastating 
earthquake, a complete search has revealed 
there were no bodies in the rubble. 

Muslims and supporters protest 
congressional hearings

New York (ENI news/RNS) = When Anam Chaudhry, 
17, sang the national anthem to several hundred 
protesters in Times Square on Sunday afternoon, 
she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her 
shoulders, another garment: the American flag. 


10 March 2011

U.S. church leaders call for 
new Middle East peace efforts

New York (ENI news) - Nearly two dozen U.S. 
Christian leaders are calling on the Obama 
administration to renew diplomatic efforts 
to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"With rapid change underway in the Arab world 
we believe that the time to act is now -- 
before events make the task of reaching an 
agreement more difficult," said 20 leaders 
of Anglican, Protestant, Roman Catholic and 
Orthodox denominations in a 7 March letter 
to President Barack Obama. 


With all eyes on Capitol Hill, 
Muslims watch warily

Sterling, Virginia (ENI news) - They were 
moved when the first Muslim elected to Congress 
shed tears for a Muslim who died trying to save 
others on 9/11. They were irked by accusations 
from House members and annoyed when fellow 
Muslims maligned their faith. At times they 
were an "Amen" corner. At other moments, they 
jeered and glared at the images beamed live 
from Capitol Hill.

But for the most part, the dozen Muslims 
gathered here on 10 March at the home of a 
local grassroots activist sat silently as 
they watched the House Homeland Security 
Committee's hearing on "the extent of 
radicalization in the American Muslim 
Community," Religion News Service reports. 
The earings, spearheaded by Chairman Peter 
King, drew loud protests from many U.S. 
Muslims before they even started. Too 
many politicians are blaming too many 
Muslims for the heinous actions of a few, 
they said. 


11 March 2011

Ethiopian Protestant leader supports 
investigation of rampage

Warsaw (ENI news) - The head of Ethiopia's Lutheran 
church has welcomed government efforts to curb a 
spate of attacks on Christians in the country, but 
warned that political extremists were attempting 
to incite violence between religious communities. 

U.S. churches bring Ash Wednesday to the streets

Toronto, Canada (ENI news) - Busy commuters in 
some cities in the United States had the church 
come to them on Ash Wednesday. In the second year 
of "Ashes to Go", priests and ministers of various 
Christian denominations distributed ashes to 
surprised passersby on urban streets and at train 
stations and bus stops on 9 March. 

African faiths praised for peace-making role

Mombasa, Kenya (ENI news) - A Kenyan politician has 
praised the faiths in Africa for taking a leading 
role in peace-making through practical activities 
such as providing water and creating understanding 
among communities.

"I am delighted you have gone beyond taking peace 
in a simple definition and you are doing it 
practically," said Chirau Ali Makwere, Kenya's 
Minister for Trade, while opening the 5th Interfaith 
Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Commission 
meeting in Mombasa on 11 March. 

U.S. church council renews call for common Easter

Toronto, Canada (ENI news) - Many Christians need 
to check the calendar for a reminder of the date 
for Easter in any given year. Adding to the 
confusion is the fact that Orthodox Christians 
usually mark Easter -- the celebration of the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ -- on a different 
Sunday than western churches. 

Churches rally support after Japan earthquake

Toronto, Canada (ENI news) - Churches and church 
leaders have sent messages of support for the 
people of Japan after a devastating 8.9-magnitude 
earthquake and ensuing tsunami rocked the country 
on 11 March. 



March 7th, 2011

"It's the little things citizens do. 
That's what will make the difference. 
My little thing is planting trees. "

- Wangari Maathai, the first African 
  woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize


March 8th, 2011

"Although the Gospel invites us to stand 
with the blessed and become one of them, 
who among us wants to be poor, hungry, 
weeping, or persecuted? Who does not 
aspire to be rich, well-fed, laughing, 
and popular? Who dares love our enemies, 
bless those who persecute us, and do 
good to those who hurt us? This is the 
discipleship challenge of Jesus."

- John Dear, from "Transfiguration: 
  A Meditation on Transforming Ourselves 
  and Our World"


March 9th, 2011

"Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit 
of the fountain, spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks,
Our peace in [God's] will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee."

-  T.S. Eliot, 
   from his poem "Ash Wednesday"


March 10th, 2011

"My joy is to love suffering. I 
smile in the midst of tears and 
receive with thanksgiving the 
thorns as well as the flowers."

- Saint Therese of Lisieux



March 5, 1946 - Winston Churchill delivered 
his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster 
College in Fulton, Mo.


March 7, 1965 - A march by civil rights 
demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., 
by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.


March 8, 1917 - Russia's February Revolution 
(so called because of the Old Style calendar 
used by Russians at the time) began with 
rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg.


March 10, 1985 - Konstantin U. Chernenko, 
Soviet leader for just 13 months, died at 
age 73. His death was announced on March 11th. 
Politburo member Mikhail S. Gorbachev was 
chosen to succeed him.



"God is Love; Love is Dog"

A boy in Sunday School was asked to write
a prayer about God's love - so he wrote:

"Dear God, help me be the person
 my dog thinks I am."


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