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Vol. VII. No. 1 ***** Wayne A. Holst, Editor ***** Colleagues List Blog: http://colleagueslist.blogspot.com/ My E-Mail Address: email@example.com ***** In This Issue - Special Item This Week: "A Short Reflection on My Planned Summer Reading" ___ Colleague Comments: Arthur Bauer Hardy Schroeder Bob Todd ___ Colleague Contributions Martin Marty ___ Net Notes: Borg-Crossan in Alberta British Royals Conquer Canada Marriage Series: The Next Chapter Indian Leader Lauds Christian Education Treasure Trove Found Under Indian Temple South Korea Again in Stem Cell Spotlight Austrian RC Priests Call for Disobedience Church Leaders in the North Offer Apologies Sinclair: Survivors Can Insure Better Future Schuller Loses Vote at His Crystal Cathedral ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Thirteen ENI Geneva stories this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Maya Angelou Brennan Manning Joan Chittister St. Gregory of Nyssa James W. Jones Ambrose of Milan ___ Closing Thought - Julian of Norwich (end) ***** Dear Friends: This is the first issue of Colleagues List offered in Volume Seven. My writing year runs from July 1st to June 30th. I'd like to share some book titles that are occupying my attention right now: "A Short Reflection on My Planned Summer Reading" ___ Colleague Comments: Arthur Bauer - provides links to two reviews from the current issue of Foreign Affairs. Hardy Schroeder - expresses appreciation for the work I put into Colleagues List. Bob Todd - conveys similar sentiments ___ Colleague Contributions Martin Marty - Read a review of Marty's newest book: "Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers From Prison" ___ Net Notes: "Borg-Crossan in Alberta" - here is an announcement of a seminar led this fall in Edmonton by Colleagues List favourites Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. (personal correspondence) "British Royals Conquer Canada" - the young royal couple were a big hit all across the land, reviving hopes that perhaps the monarchy can still fulifll an important function in our nation (Toronto Star, Utoday, BBC News) "Marriage Series: The Next Chapter" - with New York State voting to endorse gay unions, here is a link to a series of articles on marriage's evolving nature (New York Times) "Indian Leader Lauds Christian Education" = a Muslim leader celebrates a good thing he believes Christians have done for his nation (Ucan News) "Treasure Trove Found Under Indian Temple" - a cache of great wealth, measured in the billions, is found at an ancient site (New York Times) "South Korea Again in Stem Cell Spotlight" - after a major research scandal hit the nation earlier this year, some good news (Reuters) "Austrian RC Priests Call for Disobedience" - the attempts of the Catholic hierarchy in Austria to hide the truth have created a climate of distrust in the priesthood (The Tablet, UK) "Church Leaders in the North Offer Apologies" - the Truth and Reconciliation process has prompted a joint presentation by Roman Catholic and Anglican bishops there (Anglican Journal) "Sinclair: Survivors Can Insure Better Future" - the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a Manitoba Cree, offers words of encouragement to his own First Nations people (Anglican Journal) "Schuller Loses Vote at His Crystal Cathedral" - the founder of the California temple and a father of the American megachurch movement no longer has a voice on his own church council (The Christian Century) ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Thirteen stories appear this week courtesy of Ecumenical News International in Geneva. ___ Quotes of the Week: Maya Angelou, Brennan Manning, Joan Chittister, St. Gregory of Nyssa, James W. Jones and Ambrose of Milan provide thought-provoking insights for our enrichment. ___ Closing Thought - Julian of Norwich, the first woman perported to write in English concludes this week's issue. Blessings on your days, Wayne ************************ CELTIC TOUR REUNION WEEKEND AT ST. DAVID'S "Report to the Congregation and Reflection" Sunday, Sept. 11th, and Monday, Sept. 12th As St. David's congregation returns from the summer break, we plan a special weekend of gathering/worship for those participating in our Fiftieth Anniversary Tour of the Celtic Lands, April 26th - May 10th, 2011. Sunday, September 11th - worship with a Celtic theme, and a special "Sight and Sound Report" to the congregation prepared by Jock McTavish (some of this material will be posted on Colleagues List). A CD Jock has produced will be given gratis to all tour participants and extras will be made available for those who are interested. Monday, September 12th, TM Room, 5-9PM the venue of a special reunion for persons who took the tour. It will be an opportunity for reflection and suggestions for future spiritual travel projects sponsored by the ACTS Ministry of St. David's. David Rostad of Rostad Tours, the person whose tour company planned and organized our experience in the UK and Ireland, will be present to join our reflections and suggest future possibilities. Mark your calendars! ***** SPECIAL ST. DAVID'S LINKS Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (or)email@example.com 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/ NOTE: This page is being reconstructed. ***** 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 ITEM A BRIEF REFLECTION ON MY PLANNED SUMMER READING Summer offers many of us a chance to spend time with books in a way not possible during busier seasons. I hsve three books on my current reading table that invite attention. The first is "On China" by former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Distilled from 40 years of engagement with the Chinese nation, Kissinger suggests how they view their own history and external relations in ways that differ and often confound Westerners. I am particularly interested in his thoughts on how we will need to come to a better understanding of Chinese thinking as we move into a very different world with nations like China and India playing major roles in international affairs. For a review of this book click: Globe and Mail, May 28th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3sjq88l --- Readers of Colleagues List know that I have a special love for Gandhi and his contribution to human history. A new biography appeared this spring that contains new revelations and insights after many had thoughtall there was to know had been written. "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India." by Joseph Lelyveld a former New York Times correspondent andPulitzer prize-winner - approaches the Mahatmas's strengths and weaknesses both respectfully and honestly. In truth, he believes that Gandhi is heroic in spite of his personal flaws.
He makes Gandhi more human - even though some have been quite offended by some of the revelations of the author. Read a review from the Christian Science Moniter: http://tinyurl.com/3udtewo Behind the Furor over "Great Soul" http://tinyurl.com/3ms5elk --- A third summer selection is by a school-mate of mine from my Wilfrid Laurier University days. John Horman has written an intriguing scholarly study, recently published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press and entitled: "A Common Written Greek Source for Mark and Thomas" Many of us are familiar with the "Q" or "Quelle" source that scholars have claimed was a common text (now lost) for several existing Gospels inthe New Testament canon. Horman goes further to propose that both Mark and Thomas (the latter is not in our current canon but is often used today) had a common - but also lost - source he calls "N" in this study. "Close verbal parallels between the versions of Mark and Thomas show that each has a common source I conclude is "N," Horman says. This has interesting implications for scripture study and the place of Thomas in our contemporary reading of scripture. I hope to share more, perhaps in the form of a book notice, when I discover more of how John defends his thesis. Learn more about this book from the WLU Press link: http://www.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/horman.shtml
Texts Common to Mark and Thomas http://tinyurl.com/3qn33z5 --- During our spring travels in the UK, Ireland and France, Marlene and I picked up many informative booklets on places visited. We can now reflect upon these great experiences with more deliberation. I will be enjoying the 60+ books we secured on site at a more leisurely pace than was possible while on tour. Tbis reading adds a great deal of satisfaction to the marvelous cross- sectionof places we visited during arewarding four weeks of travel. ***** COLLEAGUE COMMENT ARTHUR BAUER Pompton Plains, NJ June 27th, 2011 Wayne, As I read this book review - see link below - (Holy Ignorance: Where Religion and Culture Part Ways by Olivier Roy, Columbia Un. Press 2010), I wonder if you knew of the book and review. You would find it interesting and your reaction would be of interest to me. Here is the direct web-site for the review, which appears in the current, July-August 2011, issue of Foreign Affairs, pages 159-163. http://tinyurl.com/6kna5f2 BTW the immediate previous review of Kissinger and Friedberg is written by my son-in-law, Joanne's husband. Regards, Art --- HARDY SCHROEDER Winnipeg, MB. July 1st, 2011 Elfrieda and I really value your "religion and culture blog." THANK YOU for refreshing and stimulating us every week (or two) with your sightings and reflections. And congrats are certainly in order for having reached the 284th issue (and seven years of publishing)! How do you find the time and energy to literally cover the faith world the way you do ... ?! We are glad you're "still going strong"! God bless you and Marlene. (Elfrieda and) Hardy --- BOB TODD Minneapolis, MN. "Thanks, Wayne. Can't thank you enough for sharing news of these resources. Enjoy the weekend." Bob
http://www.bobtoddpublicity.com/ ***** COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS MARTIN MARTY New Book: "Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison" Review provided by: Englewood Review of Books July 1st, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/65f2ns2 ***** NET NOTES BORG-CROSSAN IN ALBERTA From: Melanie Funk firstname.lastname@example.org] Monday, July 04, 2011 St. Albert United Church is pleased to announce that scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan are returning to Edmonton on September 9 and 10, 2011 to present their new seminar "Speaking Christian: Redeeming Christian Language" at the University of Alberta Conference Centre (Lister Hall). In this first time presentation of this seminar in Canada, our presenters will explore how Christian language has changed over the years and how those changes have distorted the meanings. Learn how we can reclaim, redeem and liberate the true meanings behind those words that shape our identity as Christians. More information is available through the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton http://edmonton.anglican.org/events/2011-09-09 and event tickets can be purchased through www.speakingchristian.eventbrite.com http://www.speakingchristian.eventbrite.com/ ***** BRITISH ROYALS CONQUER CANADA Toronto Star July 6th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3hogkr6 --- Visit to Medical Research Centre on University of Calgary Campus Utoday July 7th 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5ssgtlz --- Royals a Hit in Canada - A Summary of the Tour BBC News July 8th, 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14090248 ***** MARRIAGE SERIES: THE NEXT CHAPTER New York Times July 4th, 2011 With marriage expanding in once unimaginable ways, what might the next stage in this evolution be? Follow an on-going debate: http://tinyurl.com/3qlrma4 ***** LEADER LAUDS CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Indian Muslim Praises Program Ucan News July 8th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3e7mdbb ***** TREASURE TROVE UNDER INDIAN TEMPLE New York Times July 5th, 2011 Beneath a Temple in Southern India, a Treasure Trove of Staggering Riches A search of vaults at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple found a vast collection of gold coins, jewels and precious stones worth an estimated $22 billion. http://tinyurl.com/3w7j5zt --- What to do With $22 Billion New York Times July 8th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3uxoasz ***** SOUTH KOREA IN STEM CELL SPOTLIGHT Post Scandal, New Breakthrough Reuters News July 7th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3d7ng7c ***** AUSTRIAN RC PRIESTS CALL FOR DISOBEDIENCE The Tablet, UK July 9th, 2011 http://www.thetablet.co.uk/article/161447 ***** CHURCH LEADERS OFFER APOLOGIES Ecumenical Voices at Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in the North Anglican Journal News July 1st, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5s68mm6 ***** SINCLAIR: SURVIVORS CAN INSURE A BETTER FUTURE Truth and Reconciliation Update Anglican Journal July 4th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/65j6srm ***** SCHULLER LOSES VOTE AT HIS CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL The Christian Century July 5th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3qexlls ***** GLOBAL FAITH POTPOURRI Ecumenical News International News Highlights 30 June 2011 Hong Kong cardinal joins protest for religious freedom in China Hong Kong (ENI). Cardinal Joseph Zen Ke-kiun, the retired bishop of Hong Kong, joined a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong yesterday,asking Beijing to stop harassing Catholic bishops and priests in mainland China. Zen and the event's organizer, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, criticized Beijing for interfering with recent bishop ordinations. An ordination on 29 June in Leshan, Sichuan, took place without papal mandate. On the same day, however, one with a papal mandate was stopped by the authorities in Handan, Hebei. The candidate, Fr. Joseph Sun Jigen, was arrested. _____ Conference looking at racism in Latin America ends with call for change Managua, Nicaragua (ENI). Religious leaders from across the Americas and the Caribbean issued a declaration calling for a worldwide move by churches to educate people about racism, according to a news release. The statement came at the conclusion of a conference held last week in Managua, Nicaragua. Organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI), the gathering focused on the violent effects of racism against people of African descent in the region. It was the first such event to bring together church leaders of Afro-descendent communities in the Americas and the Caribbean. ***** 1 July 2011 Role of faith-based groups crucial as Southern Sudan becomes independent, says rights coalition Nairobi, Kenya (ENI). Faith communities in Sudan have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to facilitate peace and reconciliation in their country,according to the leader of a global antigenocide coalition, speaking eight days before Southern Sudan becomes an independent nation. "We have seen the power of these faith communities and the action based on their values in the past. "Certainly we need them now," said Tom Andrews, president of the Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition(GIN/SDC). _____ Russian pro-lifers to launch women's health clinics that don't provide abortions Moscow (ENI). A Russian pro-life organization is about to launch a network of clinics offering pre- and post-natal care while excluding procedures such as abortion and in-vitro fertilization that "contradict the teachings of the Russian Orthodox, Catholic and traditional Protestant churches," said Alexey Komov, the project manager. The Life-Family Medical Centers Network will be run on a franchise basis under the auspices of "Za Zhizn" ("For Life"), an anti-abortion organization led by two Russian Orthodox priests. Its formation was announced in Moscow on 30 June at the end of a two-day summit held by the Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families (WCF). The clinics will cooperate with American organizations such as Heartbeat International, which also runs pro-life medical centers. ***** 5 July 2011 Thousands of modern-day scribes lend a hand in Methodist Bible transcription London (ENI news) - In a process hearkening back to the pre-Gutenberg era, when monks laboriously copied sacred texts by hand, more than 30,000 people throughout the United Kingdom recently participated in a handwritten transcription of the Bible. The completed project was presented at the annual Methodist Conference in Southport, England, set to conclude 7 July. Delegates voted at last year's conference to undertake the project, the first of its kind in Methodist history, to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. According to a news release, guidelines were drawn up for the 31 Methodist districts, "enabling them to organize the project as creatively as possible in their regions." Public writing centers called scriptoriums were set up by volunteers in various places, including prisons, schools, libraries, airports, and shopping centers. _____ Anglican and Jewish leaders meet to discuss importance of shared scripture Jerusalem (ENI news) - Anglican and Jewish leaders met recently to discuss the centrality of the Psalms to both traditions, according to a news release from the Anglican Communion News Service. The gathering was the fifth meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission of the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. It was hosted by the American Jewish Committee on 14 and 15 June at its facility in Jerusalem. ***** 6 July 2011 Mexican priest dies after being caughtin cartel-military crossfire Mexico City (ENI). A Catholic priest died of his wounds last week after being caught in the crossfire of a shootout between drug cartel gunmen and the military in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, authorities said. The Father Marco Antonio Duran Romero, 48, pastor of the St. Robert Bellarmine Parish and host of a local television program, was shot in the chest after encountering the shootout while out driving on Saturday, said Father Alan Camargo, spokesman for the Diocese of Matamoros, according to a news release from the Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency. _____ Pakistani religious minorities criticize recent government initiative Bangalore, India (ENI). Christians and other minority leaders in Pakistan have spoken out against the government's move to relegate issues regarding religious minorities to provincial governments in the Muslim-majority nation, instead of dealing with them on a national level. "This is obviously a major setback to Christians and other religious minorities," said the Rev Maqsood Kamil, spokesperson for the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan (PCP). Kamil was reacting to the government's approval on 28 June to place seven federal ministries, including the Ministry for Religious Minorities, under the control of provincial governments. The move is in accordance with the 18th Amendment to Pakistan's constitution, passed in April. _____ Methodists strengthen links with Church of England at annual conference Canterbury, England (ENI). One of the highlights of this year's Methodist Church Conference in Southport, England, which ends tomorrow, has been a discussion of ways to strengthen cooperation with the Church of England. "The Anglican-Methodist Covenant of 2003, which aims at enhancing unity between the two churches, was discussed, and on the final day, delegates plan to examine an ecumenical report on the subject of greater co-operation," said Anna Drew, a Methodist spokesperson. "That will mean the Methodist Church changing various standing orders, similar to the Church of England's canon laws, in order for it to implement the Covenant." ***** QUOTES OF THE WEEK Provided by Sojourners.online July 1st, 2011 "If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelou --- July 2nd, 2011 "[Be] daring enough to be different, humble enough to make mistakes, wild enough to be burnt in the fire of love, real enough to make others see how phony [you] are." - Brennan Manning --- July 5th, 2011 "To allow ourselves to become digital chips in an electronic world, isolates in an interdependent universe, women and men out of touch with the life pulse of a living God, indifferent to creation, concerned only with ourselves, and still call ourselves good -- is to mistake the rituals of religion for the sanctifying dimensions of spirituality." - Joan Chittister writes in: "The Monastery of the Heart" --- July 6th, 2011 "Concepts create idols; only wonder comprehends anything. People kill one another over idols. Wonder makes us fall to our knees." - St. Gregory of Nyssa --- July 7th, 2011 "Teach me, God, to pray/ in works as much as in words/ to make my actions thoughtful messages/to make my actions more beautiful than words." - James W. Jones --- July 8th, 2011 "You are human, and temptation has overtaken you. Overcome it. I counsel, I beseech, I implore you to repentance." - Ambrose of Milan ***** CLOSING THOUGHT - "The Fullness of Joy is to Behold God in Everything"