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Vol. VI. No. 30 ***** Wayne A. Holst, Editor ***** Colleagues List Blog: http://colleagueslist.blogspot.com/ ***** In This Issue - Special Items This Week Book Notice: "The Christian Mystics" 365 Readings and Meditations That Celebrate the Mystical Path Collected by Matthew Fox --- "The Holy Land Conflict" An Israeli Perspective From Oren Steinitz ___ Colleague Contributions: Jim Taylor Marjorie Gibson ___ Net Notes: Honor of Israel Serious About the Scandal The Importance of the Cross Ivory Coast Archbishop in Hiding British Scientist Wins Templeton Vatican Nixes Assisi Prayer Service Egyptian Political Situation Evolves Early Christian Texts Found in Jordan Brazilian Liberation Theologian is Dead Recent Updates - the Koran Burning Fiasco ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Nine ENI, Geneva stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Martin Luther King Jr. Margaret Fuller Elizabeth of the Trinity Richard Rohr Huston Smith ___ On This Day: April 4, 1968 - MLK Jr. Shot in Memphis April 6, 1909 - Peary/Henson reach North Pole April 8, 1973 - Picasso dies near Mougins, France ___ Closing Thought - Meister Eckhart (end) ************ Dear Friends: We draw closer to Holy Week and Easter, and my book introduction for this week marks the time - an opportunity to begin a year-long reading sojourn with many of the important writers of the Christian mystical tradition: "The Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations" These have been assembled by Matthew Fox and appear in "one page, one reading a day" format. Each reading begins with a quote, and is followed by reflective commentary. --- "The Holy Land Conflict" We completed our winter study this week at St. David's and were privileged to hear Israeli U of C graduate student and Jewish chaplain, Oren Steinitz who offered his views on the current situation in Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians. ___ Colleague Contributions: Jim Taylor - Okanagan, BC shares his column with his 'non-scientific' views on the chaos theory, using the snowflake as his central image. Marjorie Gibson - long-time fellow-member of St. David's - shares an interview with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish who calls upon the Israeli government to apologize for the deaths of family members. ___ Net Notes: "Honor of Israel" - In spite of much bad news, here is an outline of some of the good things achieved by this nation in the past 60 years (America Magazine) "Serious About the Scandal" - the Catholic archbishop of Dublin was at Marquette University in the US this week giving good evidence that he "gets it" concerning the sexualabuse scandal plaguing his church. Here are two descriptive articles (from National Catholic Reporter) "The Importance of the Cross" - Philip Yancey challenges us this Lent with his theology of the cross (Christianity Today) "Ivory Coast Archbishop in Hiding" - with terrible things happening in his country, this prelate has been forced to seek protection (Ucan News) "British Scientist Wins Templeton" - This year's prestigious prize goes to a Cambridge professor who claims no religious affiliation (Templeton website) "Vatican Nixes Assisi Prayer Service" - Rome is very open to inter-faith gatherings but appears to draw the line at events with common prayer (Catholic News Service) "Egyptian Political Situation Evolves" - as Egypt moves from peaceful revolution to some form of democracy, various groups are developing political strategies -- including the Muslim Brotherhood (New York Times) "Early Christian Texts Found in Jordan" - here is a story that may help to unlock new meanings from ancient Christianity (BBC News) "Brazilian Liberation Theologian is Dead" - word comes this week of the death of a man who helped develop liberation theology 50 years ago (National Catholic Reporter) "Recent Updates - the Koran Burning Fiasco" - absurdity changed to tragedy this week as a Florida Koran-burning triggered deaths in Afghanistan (New York Times, Ucan News, ENI) ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Nine Ecumenical News International news stories from Geneva appear this week and we much appreciate this service. ___ Quotes of the Week: We also appreciate this service which is provided by Sojourners.online: Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Fuller Elizabeth of the Trinity, Richard Rohr and Huston Smith offer their insights for our enrichment. ___ On This Day: The New York Times provides these stories as they were happening: (April 4th - April 8th) Martin Luther Kind Jr. was shot in Memphis (1968) Peary and Henson are first to the North Pole (1909) Pablo Picasso died near Mougins, France (1973) ___ Closing Thought - Meister Eckhart A comment on universal meaning that transcends religious and cultural boundaries. _____ We are preparing in earnest for our congregational tour of the Celtic lands - Scotland, Ireland and Wales - from April 26th - May 10th. Following the tour, Marlene and I plan to spend an additional two weeks in Devon/Cornwall, UK; Normandy, France, and the city of London. We hope to visit places we have not seen previously on trips to Britain and the continent. I will prepare two more issues of Colleagues List (April 16th and 23rd) before we leave, and will start up again at the end of May. Blessings on your late-Lent, Holy Week and Easter activities. Wayne ************************ SPECIAL ST. DAVID'S LINKS Contact us at: email@example.com (or)firstname.lastname@example.org St. David's Web Address -http://sduc.ca/ Listen to audio recordings of Sunday services - http://sduc.ca/services.htm ___ ST DAVID'S ACTS WEB PAGE Created and maintained by Colleague Jock McTavish http://stdavidscalgary.net/ ***** REMINDER: ST. DAVID'S 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF CELTIC LANDS - 2011 Airline tickets, a special travel booklet with much good spiritual reflection material and information about preparations to make and places to be visited - have been provided to all persons on the tour. We are coming close to the departure date! 36 PEOPLE ARE BOOKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS JOURNEY TO CELTIC LANDS FROM APRIL 26th-May 10th. We have started an interest list for other, future tours! Let me know if you are interested in learning 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 the St. David's, Wales Sacred Site: http://tinyurl.com/4gbg35t ***** STUDY ARCHIVES A collection of twenty-five+ studies conducted since 2000 can quickly be found at: http://bookstudies.stdavidscalgary.net/ 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. ****************************************** SPECIAL ITEMS CHRISTIAN MYSTICS: 365 Readings and Meditations That Celebrate the Mystical Path Prepared by Matthew Fox. New World Library: Novato, CA. February, 2011. 406 pp. $14.40 CAD ISBN #978-1-57731-952-8. Publisher's Promo: As a member of the Catholic Dominican Order for 34 years, Matthew Fox held closely to the mystical teachings of Christianity, teachings that embraced the feminine, the natural world, and social justice in their vision of the sacred. Fox's approach continually put him at odds with the Vatican, and in 1998, he was expelled from the Order by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. Fox believes that the Church's patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity, what he calls its “institutional churchiness,” obscures mystical Christianity's most beneficial and essential teachings, which inevitably arise out of personal experiences of the divine. In "Christian Mystics," he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity's greatest mystics over the past two thousand years. Fox explores and celebrates this mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history's greatest religious visionaries. Many of these mystics, from Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Russian philosopher Nicolai Berdyaev to Rev. Martin Luther King, challenged orthodoxy and, like Fox, paid a political price for it. Others, such as 14th -century hermitess Julian of Norwich, pursued their mystical visions in solitude, leaving behind their writings for later generations to absorb. But all the mystical teachers Fox included in this anthology stood outside the mainstream religious institutions of their day and thus tapped into a heterodox river of mysticism flowing through history - what Fox identifies as “the single universal truth that all religions point to.” This beautiful gift edition of mystical teachings provides a touchstone to remind us of the powerful religious experiences that are often lost amid daily headlines about church politics and clerical misdeeds. It also lays out a personal, creative, spiritual path that leads toward truth and understanding. Matthew Fox is the author of 28 books including "Original Blessing." He lives in Oakland, California. His website is www.matthewfox.org. ___ Author-Compiler's Words: "In the West the modern age - meaning the 16th- mid-20th century - was not only ignorant, but actually hostile to mysticism. (It was held up for ridicule as the worst offence against science and reason.) Still today, education and religion are often hostile to mysticism. Fundamentalism, by definition is anti-mystical or distorts mysticism, and much of liberal theology is so academic and left-brain that it numbs and ignores the right brain, which is our mystical brain. Seminaries teach very few practices to access our mysticism. This is why many find religion so boring. It lacks the adventure and inner exploration that our souls yearn for. But, as St. John of the Cross said, "Launch out into the deep..." Deep down, each one of us is a mystic. When we tap into that energy, we become alive again and we give birth. Getting in touch with the mystic inside is the beginning of our deep service (to those outside us.) Today there is a genuine effort around the world at "deep ecumenism" or "interfaith," - the coming together of the spiritual wisdom traditions of the world. But as the Dalai Lama points out, "the number one obstacle to interfaith is a bad relationship with one's own faith tradition." It is pitiful how few Christian leaders and Christian teachers (including in the seminaries) know their own mystical lineage... it is very important to pay attention to all that is true and deep and beautiful in the work of our own Christian ancestors. The teachings recorded in this book are Christian but at the same time universal, as all wisdom is. When I share them with my Buddhist and Jewish friends, for example, they spark profound "aha" moments. Those who have traveled deep into their own well, into the living waters of wisdom, will find in the sources I present a common language and a common experience, and that is as it should be. Hopefully, our generation will not suffer the mystical illiteracy of the past centuries. - from the Introduction ___ My Thoughts: When I attended seminary in the 1960s, the themes of "mysticism" - even "spirituality" - were largely unknown to my teachers, except as a "compartment" of Christian faith that seemed vague and incidental. We were still living in a time when church doctrine and the defense of our "brand" (apologetics) was still a strong part of our training. That was true, I suspect, for most of the Christian traditions. My first exposure to Christian mysticism was through Catholic sisters, during the 1980s at the FCJ Christian Life Centre in Calgary. I was well into my career as a pastor, but very eager to become exposed to writers like Julian of Norwich (b. 1342), Hildegaard of Bingen (b. 1098) and Mechtild of Magdeburg (b. 1210). They showed me, for the first time, a "female" wisdom about which I knew next to nothing. I began to realize that a whole new way of "knowing" was there for me to discover. I was surprised to find that Martin Luther had been strongly influenced by medieval German mystics and that Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a more recent hero of my church tradition, had both been awakened to a large extent by Christian mystical traditions. These traditions helped to move their thinking "outside the box" - or the confines of tired, accepted thinking and practice. In this day and age, we are being offered a rich resource of inter-faith mysticism - a great bridge between the various religious traditions. That is true because mysticism - while mindful - transcends the confines of our respective, heavily rationalized traditions. At the same time, we are becoming exposed - through books like this one prepared by Matthew Fox - to many truths residing in our own Christian teachings that we did not know existed. I am comforted to read in Fox's introduction that we cannot truly appreciate the terms and the wisdom of other faiths unless we have grown more grounded in our own. That truth, by the way, was what we learned in the early days of the Christian ecumenical movement, when ecumenism was more limited in scope than it is today. I cringe when Christian seekers borrow generously from the riches of other faiths, but seem unaware that similar truths lie deep at the heart of our own faith. When we tap the roots of what is true to our own formation, we can more fully value the truths we discover in others. --- Usually, at the beginning of each year, I try to suggest to you my readers a book of daily readings for meditation and reflection. I have not found one to use this year until I discovered this book. I highly recommend this collection and commentary on Christian mysticism by the famous (or infamous) Matthew Fox. ___ Buy the Book from Amazon.ca: http://tinyurl.com/3n7e9ll Publisher's Website: http://tinyurl.com/3fqszkk ______________________ THE HOLY LAND CONFLICT An Israeli Perspective Presented by Oren Steinitz This week, the final session of our Monday Night Winter Study Series took place. We have engaged two books - "An Altar in the World" by Barbara Brown Taylor, and "I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey" by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. Both books helped us to unpack the theme of this year's adult ministry program at St. David's United - "Living the Ordinary; Experiencing the Extra-Ordinary" through which we seek to develop spirituality as both an inward and an outward adventure in our faith development. That means, spiritual growth and service to others. Because the media today seems to be so biased against Israel, and because we had just completed a book by a Palestinian author, we wanted to find someone who could give us an Israeli peace and justice perspective. We know only too well how our media can shape our views of reality without our realizing the biases hidden in the messages we receive. Fortunately for us, we found an ideal representative from the Israeli community in Calgary. He is a doctoral student in middle- eastern studies at the University of Calgary, the Jewish chaplain in the university's Multi- Faith Centre, and a member of B'nai Tikva Temple in this city. He has been here for four years, but his roots and earlier education (two previous degrees) are in Israel. Mr. Oren Steinitz brought a message of truth, complemented by good humour and grace. Here are my notes of his informal presentation given over a two hour period, and interspersed with questions from fifty people who came to hear him. He did not give us a formal lecture, but engaged us in conversation. --- I am an Orthodox Jew, but here in Calgary I attend a Reform Temple because I like the community. My views are shaped by my Israeli background, and my commitment is peace and justice for all who live in the Holy Land. My basic message is that there is no "good guy" - "bad guy" situation there. It is a highly complex and nuanced political situation. I believe that both Jews and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and with justice there. My understanding is that Zionism is a term that is not well understood today. It is not the evil word that many understand it to mean. It simply means that "Israel has the right to exist as a nation - no more and no less." Many Israelis and their enemies have added a lot more to the meaning of Zionism, but I do not. I also believe that the Palestinians have the right to exist in their own nation and on that soil as well. Some Israelis and others disagree with that. The truth is that if you talk to two Jews, you will get three opinions. In our parliament, the Knesset, there are 120 seats and representatives from 20 different political parties. Our democracy will not work without party coalitions, but this makes the political process extremely difficult. When you hear the government speak, that is rarely the view of even a simple majority of Israelis. --- Conservative politics shape our attitude as a nation. Every time there is a crisis, the Israeli population gets paranoid, believing that "if we don't defend ourselves, no one else will." Right now, I think the whole nation of Israel suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. We are simply not thinking rationally as a people. In situations like this, many ordinary Jews - who would be very optimistic about a peaceful settlement, and willing to compromise to have one - are scared into thinking very defensively, and this terrifies me. Still, I understand why that happens. --- I see a decline in democratic values in Israel at this stage of our development. Earlier on, that was not true. The founders had a good deal of experience living in Western democracies like Europe and North America. But we have always been a nation of immigrants. Now, many of those who have most recently arrived (like Russian, Polish, and other East European Jews) have no previous experience with democracy. They tend to follow the "right-wingers" who say - "Finally, we Jews are in charge here. Nobody is ever going to tell us what to do." This pits more "established" citizens against more recent immigrants. The latter group is growing in proportional size and their influence is not always appreciated by "my people." Their thinking, coupled with religious Orthodox policy, is a formula for general disaster, especially when Palestine is dominated by radical Islamic thinking. --- It is a sad situation right now. Still, I believe there is hope. The Holocaust taught us two important things. We need to remain "open to the world" but we must also "look after ourselves." Between those two realities, we need to sort out our existence, our survival, our future with others. --- After the invasion of Lebanon, several decades ago, some of the largest ever peace demonstrations occurred in Israel - up to 400,000 people. Then suicide bombers started to blow up our public transit buses. The demonstrations for peace stopped abruptly. The Goldstone report of some time back declared "a pox on both your houses" - about what was happening. Now, however, the judge who authored that document is reported in the Washington Post to have "totally changed his mind." He sides strongly with Israel and against the Palestinians, because of terrorist activities. Under "normal" circumstances, both sides say they want peace, and the "peace index" shoots up dramatically in both groups. Now, people are extremely emotional, and the "peace index" takes a dive. --- I see a few hopeful developments. The American Jewish lobby is shifting in its views. It is moving from "solidly behind Israel" to "pro peace, pro Israel" and this change is significant. Keep in mind that American Jews have always tended to be left leaning when it comes to human rights. They are not blindly "pro Israel." They will normally want to see "justice for all in the Holy Land." At the same time, American Jews are not as influential in shaping their US government's foreign policy as many might think. Secondly, I agree with Dr. Abuelaish's comment in his book that "Neither the Jews nor the Palestinians are going to disappear from the Holy Land." We must find a workable solution for the long term. Moving forward is necessary. There has been too much focus on a bad past. --- This presentation was well received by his hearers, and Oren expressed much appreciation for the openness of his audience. ***** COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS JIM TAYLOR Okanagan, BC Web Log BLIPS IN A LARGER PATTERN Spring has finally come to the Okanagan Valley. The peonies and rhubarb poke through the mulch. Crocuses shine amid last autumn’s leaves. The forsythia hovers on the brink of blossom. But if I don’t write now about one of the final snowfalls of winter, I’ll have to wait until next December. It struck me as a visual illustration of chaos theory. No one could predict the path of any individual snowflake. But the general direction of all those snowflakes was totally predictable. They all fell, eventually... http://edges.canadahomepage.net/2011/04/ _____ MARJORIE GIBSON BBC Interview (Video) "Israel Should Apologize" http://tinyurl.com/6jveuo6 ***** NET NOTES HONOR OF ISREAL America Magazine April 11th, 2011 Israeli History Since 1949 http://tinyurl.com/3lhxnmc ***** SERIOUS ABOUT THE SCANDAL Irish Church Seeks Root Causes (Use Foxfire to Open NCR Articles) National Catholic Reporter April 5th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3w47z8q --- "On Anger and Reform" National Catholic Reporter April 8th, 2011 by John L. Allen http://tinyurl.com/3wpx7eh ***** THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CROSS Theology of the Cross Unpacked Christianity Today April 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/yaxz7ov ***** IVORY COAST ARCHBISHOP IN HIDING Fighting Rocks Capital City Ucan News April 8th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5redwdq ***** BRITISH SCIENTIST WINS TEMPLETON 2011 Prize Goes to Oxford Man Does't Consider Himself a Believer Templeton Website April 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3e3hdlr ***** VATICAN NIXES ASSISI PRAYER SERVICE 'Inter-Faith' Doesn't Mean Praying Together Catholic News Service April 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3taxuk6 ***** POLITICAL SITUATION IN EGYPT EVOLVES New York Times April 3rd, 2011 Video: A New Tune for Egypt's Radical Muslims Egypt's fundamentalist Muslims are preaching at universities, advertising on streets, and politicizing in five- star hotels. Their goal: to influence the Muslim content in Egypt's new constitution. http://tinyurl.com/3qk23nl ***** EARLY CHRISTIAN TEXTS FOUND IN JORDAN Could Be Some of the First Documents BBC News March 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/4y7fqfu ***** BRAZILIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGIAN DIES Joseph Comblin Advised Cardinal Camera National Catholic Reporter April 2nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3wx7zu8 ***** UPDATES ON KORAN BURNING FIASCO New York Times April 3rd, 2011 Afghans Avenge Florida Koran Burning, Killing 12 Thousands of protesters overran the United Nations compound in Mazar-i- Sharif, killing at least 12 people, Afghan and United Nations officials said. http://tinyurl.com/3cbldkz --- Lahore Archbishop Says US Must Act Against Pastor Who Burned Koran Ucan News April 5th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3wzg7f7 --- Ecumenical News International Thursday, April 7th, 2011 Obama, Karzai blast Florida Quran burning Washington, D.C. (ENI news) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on 6 April blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed. Speaking during a video teleconference meeting, both leaders "deplored" the desecration of the Muslim holy book and condemned the subsequent 1 April attack on a U.N. compound, the White House said in a statement. Both men also "expressed deep regret for the tragic loss of life," Religion News Service reports. ***** GLOBAL FAITH POTPOURRI Ecumenical News International News Highlights 4 April 2011 Australian bishop retires early, 'drained' by abuse scandals Vatican City, 4 April (ENI news) - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the early resignation of an "emotionally drained" bishop in Australia whose diocese has been the focus of several prominent sex-abuse scandals. The Vatican announced on 4 April that Bishop Michael John Malone, 71, of Maitland-Newcastle has resigned under a provision that requires the resignation of a "bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause," Religion News Service reports. ***** 5 April 2011 Survey finds discontent among Australian Catholic priests Sydney (ENI news) - Many of Australia's 3000 active and retired Catholic priests are critical of their bishops and admit they do not believe crucial church teachings, according to a survey to be released this week. Dr. John O'Carroll, a communications lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and colleague Chris McGillion, who coordinates the university's journalism program, sent the survey to 1550active and 160 retired priests, and 542, or about 32 percent, responded. They they conducted 50 face-to-face interviews and are publishing the results in a book, "What Australian Catholic Priests Really Think About Their Lives and Their Church." _____ Vatican announces details of John Paul II's beatification Vatican City (ENI news) The Vatican announced on 5 April that the late Pope John Paul II will lie in repose in St. Peter's Basilica during ceremonies that will declare him "blessed" and that a French nun whom John Paul is said to have cured of Parkinson's disease will play a central role. However, the Vatican did not provide an estimate for how many people are expected to attend the beatification events from 30 April to 2 May and they said that John Paul's feast day would only be announced during the ceremonies. _____ NCC, Church Women United together will advocate for women Washington, D.C. (ENI news) Church Women United, Inc. (CWU) and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) announced on 5 April that they have entered into an ecumenical partnership to provide support for a new Washington-based representative that will advocate for women and girls. Marie Rietmann began work on 4 April as the CWU/NCC Advocacy Coordinator. Her office will be in the NCC's space at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill from where she will educate, activate and motivate the networks of both CWU and NCC. ***** 7 April 2011 Kenya Christians and Muslims debate hijab in schools Nairobi, Kenya (ENI news) - Muslim leaders in Kenya are calling for government action on Christian schools that have banned students from wearing hijab, the head covering traditionally worn by Muslim girls and women. Church leaders have defended the ban, saying head teachers have the right to determine dress code in the schools, according to a denomination's religious traditions, discipline and philosophies. *****
8 April 2011
European churches debate response to anti-Christian violence
Warsaw, Poland (ENI news) - When Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's only Christian cabinet minister, was assassinated on 2 March, it was only the latest act against Christians to provoke outrage worldwide. Now, church leaders in Europe are debating the best course of action to be urged on governments to counter the wave of violence.
Churches in India endorse protests against corruption
Bangalore, India (ENI news) - Churches in India have joined the growing support for social activist Anna Hazare, who launched a hunger fast on 5 April to call attention to the problem of corruption in government and is urging the passage of a strict anti-corruption law.
Leaders highlight ecumenical challenges
Geneva (ENI news) - Five general secretaries of international ecumenical organizations engaged in lively conversation with leaders of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on 8 April, the final day of the EKD Council's visit to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. "One of the most pressing challenges we face is religious intolerance," said John Nduna of ACT Alliance, a coalition of churches and church-related agencies working in human development and emergency assistance.
***** QUOTES OF THE WEEK April 4th, 2011 "Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. ... Every now and then I ask myself, 'What is it that I want said?' I'd like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King Jr., tried to love somebody." - Martin Luther King Jr., from his sermon "The Drum Major Instinct" --- April 5th, 2011 "Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day's performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all." - Margaret Fuller --- April 6th, 2011 "Let us ask God to make us true in our love, to make us sacrificial beings, for it seems to me that sacrifice is only love put into action." - Elizabeth of the Trinity --- April 7th, 2011 "'Resurrected' people prayerfully bear witness against injustice and evil -- but also agree compassionately to hold their own complicity in that same evil. It is not over there, it is here." - Richard Rohr --- April 8th, 2011 "The community today can be no single tradition; it is the planet. Daily the world grows smaller, leaving understanding the only place where peace can find a home." - Huston Smith ***** ON THIS DAY April 4, 1968 - civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tenn. http://tinyurl.com/44sxgex _____ April 6, 1909 - explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole. The claim, disputed by skeptics, was upheld in 1989 by the Navigation Foundation. http://tinyurl.com/3peccgg _____ April 8, 1973, artist Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91. http://tinyurl.com/3txa9xf ***** CLOSING THOUGHT - Meister Eckhart "All paths lead to God, for God is in them evenly for the person who knows with transformed knowledge." ("Christian Mystics" p. 128) (end)