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Vol. VI. No. 32 ***** Wayne A. Holst, Editor ***** Colleagues List Blog: http://colleagueslist.blogspot.com/ ***** HOLY WEEK - EASTER EDITION In This Issue - Special Item This Week "Presentation by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish at Webber Academy, Calgary, April 18th" ___ Colleague Comment: An Ontario Friend ___ Colleague Contributions: Ron Rolheiser Jim Taylor Jim Irwine Michael Higgins Martin Marty ___ Net Notes: Common Korean Easter Prayers Catholics Becoming Protestants Anglicans 'OK' About Defections Canada's Tar Sands Image in Tatters Belgian Church Seeks the Pope's Help The Flowering of a Strong UK Atheism Residential School Staff to Tell Story "Three Cups of Tea" Author is Challenged Holy Land Tour Promotes Inter-faith Focus Unmarried Pastors have Job Search Problems ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Ten ENI Geneva stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Susan B. Anthony T.S. Eliot Margaret Walker Thomas a Kempis ___ On This Day: April 17, 1961 - disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion April 18, 1906 - big earthquake hits San Francisco April 21, 1910 - Mark Twain dies ___ Closing Thought - Teilhard de Chardin (end) ***** Dear Friends: A blessed Holy Weekend and Easter to all of you! This will be my last issue of Colleagues List until the end of May. Marlene and I will be part of a 35-member anniversary tour of the Celtic Lands and then we spend two additional weeks in Devon/ Cornwall, Normandy/France and London. A month from now I should be back with new ideas and information to share with you my readers. --- This week, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of the book "I Shall Not Hate" came to Calgary to speak to students, staff and guests at the Webber Academy, a private school in our city's southwest. I was even more impressed with the doctor when meeting and hearing him personally than I was when I've read his book and watched his videos. Hopefully, you will catch something of the spirit of the man through my transcription of his talk. This presentation was a positive complement to the message shared two weeks ago from Oren Steinitz - Jewish chaplain at the U. of C. - when he spoke to our Monday Night Study Group at St. David's United. ___ Colleague Comment - this week is from an Ontario friend who enjoyed last week's issue. ___ Colleague Contributions: This week, we hear from - Ron Rolheiser - who reflects on John's passion narrative Jim Taylor - who ponders the meaning of Holy Week stories Jim Irvine - who shares the seven last words from the cross Michael Higgins - who assesses a modern film take on a religious subject Martin Marty - who comments on US National Public Radio about a special school in inner city Chicago that he supports ___ Net Notes: "Common Korean Easter Prayers" - steps are taken, this Holy Week and Easter Season - to provide a message of Christian unity within and between the two Koreas (Ucan News) "Catholics Becoming Protestants" - a helpful commentary on what has been happening to the third largest denomination in the USA - Catholics who have joined other faiths or who have come to espouse no faith (National Catholic Reporter) "Anglicans 'OK' About Defections" - not all is gloom over the departure to Rome of some Anglicans in the UK. It means more freedom for those remaining (The Guardian, UK) "Canada's Tar Sands Image in Tatters" - a repeat article on how our tar sands projects are viewed overseas (The Guardian, UK) "Belgian Church Seeks the Pope's Help" - the church in Belgium is reeling over sexual abuse revelations by a disgraced bishop (The Tablet, UK) "The Flowering of a Strong UK Atheism" - the efforts of the new atheists in the UK would appear to be paying off (The Guardian, UK) "Residential School Staff to Tell Story" - the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Canada is giving residential school staff a rare opportunity to tell their side of the story (Anglican Journal) "'Three Cups of Tea' Author Challenged" - several articles appeared this week on revelations that the author of a very popular book may have fudged some facts (KTVQ TV, Globe and Mail) "Holy Land Tour has an Inter-faith Focus" - a step forward in Holy Land tours is reflected in this story about an inter- faith group journeying together (Christianweek.org) "Unmarried Pastors have Job Search Problems" - studies reveal that it is harder for single ministers to locate calls in todays complex ministry market (New York Times, Alban Journal) ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Ten ENI Geneva stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Courtesy of Sojourners.online - Susan B. Anthony, T.S. Eliot, Margaret Walker and Thomas à Kempis are featured this week ___ On This Day: From the New York Times Archives: Disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion (1961) Major earthquake hits San Francisco (1906) Mark Twain dies (1910) ___ Closing Thought - Teilhard de Chardin May your Easter be a meaningful celebration of the resurrection, and may we meet again in a month's time! 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/ NOTE: This page is being reconstructed. ***** 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! 35 PEOPLE ARE PREPARING TO DEPART ON THIS CELTIC LANDS JOURNEY FROM APRIL 26th-May 10th. PILGRIMS TO THE CELTIC LANDS LEAVE CALGARY WITH ST.DAVID'S FAMILY BLESSING! The following persons will set out, this Tuesday, April 26th: Ruth Cross, Paula Davis, Dorothy Duker, Joeli & Tom Frank, Donna Friesen, Vi Glidden, JoanGray, Alex Hart, Marlene & Wayne Holst, Merilyn King,Charlene Lazurak, Carol Lawrence and Gerry McBride,June Martin, Sylvia and Ian McDonald, Karen McKeown,Bonnae and Jock McTavish, Helen Murray, Linda Nemeth,Andrea Owen, Carol Owen, Margaret Pellici, MathewRubuliak, Bev and George Setterington,Gail Shaver,Betty Smith, Christy Stiles, Diane and Mike Trew,Joanne Wiens.
The tour ends, Tuesday, May 10th. We hope you will remember us, as we attempt to be good ambassadors! ___ We have started an interest list for other, future tours with a spiritual dimension! Let me know if you are interested in learning more about exciting, spiritual tourism! This is a cutting edge ministry at St. David's. 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 ITEM PRESENTATION GIVEN BY DR. IZZELDIN ABUELAISH AT THE WEBBER ACADEMY IN CALGARY THIS WEEK Notes of His Talk: I would like to send a strong message to all of you who are students. Education is key. There is no real equality between those who know and those who don't. Education is a holy place. Our enemy is ignorance. We don't know each other. Instead of fighting each other, we need to fight for each other's well-being. I wish my children were here with me to be part of this day. They are all at school in Toronto. On September 16th 2008 my wife died. Was this the end of my life? For a time I thought so. The mother is the key life-giver and nurturer in a family. From the start, she breast-feeds love and life. I was devastated without her. But I remembered that my daughters were bright and they needed someone to dream with. I could do that. I encouraged them to dream about what they could become if they worked hard. No one is born violent. Violence is taught to us as we grow up. We are born human, and this is what we need to keep reminding our children. You parents, listen to your children! They can teach you to be happy. When I was so sad about losing two daughters in such a senseless way, my other kids said to me "Our sisters are now with their mother" and that helped me cope. Life is like a bicycle. To stay balanced you must keep moving ahead. I was able to return to a sense of joy in my life because I live in the now. At the same time, I look to the time when my wife and daughters will be able to return to me. I have the right to hate people for what has happened, but to me, hate is a poison. Hate is a wasted fire, an energy gone wrong. I could make a long list of people who have done bad things to me. I refuse to do so. For me, the antidote to hate is success in life. I take the wiser way. I say to those who hate me "You tried to destroy. I won't reciprocate." Success trumps anger. My eldest living girl lost her mother and sisters. She is now studying computer engineering at the University of Toronto. That, I tell her, is the antidote to carrying hate around with you. Still, we feel anger and outrage when bad things happen to us. "I will not accept evil. I will do something good to overcome evil." Grandma Moses said "Life is what you make of it." I choose freedom from anger and violence. and I work to make life free for others as well. Then I am truly free. --- Ask yourself, "In what world do I want to live?" Happiness is not in having, but in sharing. Start to think differently and begin the change you would like to see in others. There is hope in the midst of the world's despair. I am coming here to tell you that. I am hopeful about humanity. As long as there is life, there is hope. If things are not going right, change the treatment. That's what medicine has taught me. Take responsibility and begin to act in hope. Believe in yourself. You can be what you want to be. That is what my experience taught me. I wanted to be a doctor and a women's specialist, and I found the way to attain my dreams, even when the odds were against me. So be confident. Develop and refine your dreams. Work hard. Achieve your life goals. --- I enjoy my life and my work because I am saving lives. Every life I save gives me satisfaction. I am indebted to my mother, my wife, and my daughters who continue to help me shape my dreams. In memory of my daughters, I have started a foundation to educate women from many backgrounds. I want to be proud of my efforts when I meet those departed women from my family again one day. This is the time for women. Each one has a role. This fall, 35 girls from Egypt, Israel and Palestine, etc. will be able to continue their education for special careers because of the Canadian charity I have founded. The Mid-East is not a dormant place. People are looking for leadership. We need help for the poor, the sick, the unemployed, and we need leaders who look beyond politics to truly helping people. --- The speaker quoted a poem - written by an Israeli women - who says she gained strength from his strength and who is sorry for what her people did to him. "I want to get to know other people better. I want to speak to both Israelis and Palestinians. I want to tell them - your present behaviour is not good for you. I want to care for them both." --- So I say - life is building bridges between people. Men and women. Different races, religions and nations.I want my daughters to break out of their cultural constraints and learn how to speak to the hearts of men where love also resides. Have faith - but most of all, take action. --- One questioner asked how he could humanly cope with the great losses he has experienced. "I was indeed angry," he said, "but I did not want to lose control. I decided to turn that anger into doing good things. My focus was 'I want to help my patients' and I have kept focusing on that goal." The Israeli people know me. I can do some political good because of the way I practice my profession as a doctor. For a time, I demanded an official apology from Israel for what happened. After two years, I realized that an apology would not be forthcoming. I decided to sue the Israeli government instead, and any compensation I win from this suit I will direct to the foundation. While many Israelis feel deeply saddened by what happened, they will probably not apologize - for whatever their reasons. So, I am moving on. --- Where did the money come from to pay for my education? I started with nothing. I used a UN scholarship to get me started in medicine. Egypt trained me as a doctor. I have always believed that if you really want to be something you can find a way to get it. Thank God I had myself. For example, I wanted to go to take extra studies at Harvard Medical School. I went there and told the dean that this was a dream of mine. He responded by admitting me to their program. --- Hamas and El Fatah are the groups in Palestine that the Israelis call terrorists. They are symptoms of a disease in Palestine, but they are not the disease. Both Israelis and the Palestinians need to develop moral courage to see the situation for what is is, and to rise above it, together. The future must bring goodness to both groups, and not just to one. --- What can educated Canadians do to help? You have an international reputation for 'bridging' between cultures. Go there to see the situation in Palestine for yourself. The current circumstances are disaster for both sides. Begin the communication process - I tell all young people. Work for honesty, openness and justice. What I want for myself I must attempt that others experience as well. ***** Buy his book from Amazon.ca for $15.00 CAD http://tinyurl.com/3cnk844 ***** COLLEAGUE COMMENT April 16th, 2011 Hi Wayne. Plenty of good things here this (past) week. I particularly enjoyed your review of Michael Coren's book. A blessed Holy Week and an Easter filled with many blessings. Ontario Friend ***** COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS RON ROLHEISER San Antonio, TX "Jesus' Passion According to John" http://tinyurl.com/6xov8od ***** JIM TAYLOR Okanagan, BC "Does It Matter?" http://edges.canadahomepage.net/2011/04/ ***** JIM IRVINE Fredericton, NB "Come and Follow Me" traces the Labyrinth of Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres as we rehearsed the Seven “Last Words” from the Cross earlier Good Friday in the 3-hour parish church service in Fredericton, NB. http://msgr.ca/msgr-7/come_and_follow_me.htm May you have a blesséd Easter. The Rev Canon Jim Irvine 263 Saunders St Fredericton NB E3B 1N5 ***** MICHAEL HIGGINS Fairfield, CT and Toronto, ON. "Of Gods and Men and the Purity of Faith" Globe and Mail April 22nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3l6uwrj ***** MARTIN MARTY Chicago, IL PBS Religion and Ethics Weekly April 16th, 2011 "Holy Family School, Downtown Chicago: A Model for Other Urban Schools" http://tinyurl.com/3o89q39 ***** NET NOTES COMMON KOREAN EASTER PRAYERS Program Extends Across Border Ucan News, April 22nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3ujzhsn ***** CATHOLICS BECOMING PROTESTANTS The Hidden Exodus in the US National Catholic Reporter April 18th, 2011 (Use Firefox to open link) http://tinyurl.com/3t5ka4b ***** ANGLICANS 'RELIEVED' AT CATHOLIC DEFECTIONS Opportunity to Move On The Guardian, UK April 22nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3cgkofg ***** CANADA'S IMAGE IN TATTERS OVER TAR SANDS PROJECTS Our UK Image is Not Good The Guardian, UK Reprinted from Nov. 2009. http://tinyurl.com/3m54apd ***** BELGIAN CHURCH LOOKS TO POPE FOR HELP Bishop Admits Past The Tablet, UK April 22nd, 2011
***** THE FLOWERING OF A STRONG UK ATHEISM The Guardian, UK April 19th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3gbowaz ***** RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL STAFF URGED TO SHARE STORIES Anglican Journal April 18th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3uaanu8 ***** "THREE CUPS OF TEA" AUTHOR FORCED TO DEFEND HIS BOOK Mortenson Faces Accuracy Challenges KTVQ.com Billings, MT. April 18th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3dng9g2 --- "When Three Cups of Tea and Goodwill are not Good Enough" Globe and Mail April 21st, 2011 by Margaret Wente http://tinyurl.com/3px5sfu --- Canadian Mountaineer Condemns Mortenson 'Witch Hunt' Globe and Mail April 22nd, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3wgcyhp ***** HOLY LAND TOUR HAS INTER-FAITH FOCUS Pilgrims of Diverse Traditions Christianweek.org April 19th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3jg8grp ***** UNMARRIED PASTORS FIND BIAS IN JOB SEARCH New York Times March 21st, 21, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3mmbdlm --- Comment from the Alban Institute's Congregational Resource Guide April 19th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3ro2alr ***** GLOBAL FAITH POTPOURRI Ecumenical News International News Highlights 18 April 2011 "Cross of comfort" erected at devastated Japan church site Tokyo (ENI news) - A "cross of comfort" has been erected at a church site about one month after its building was washed away by the tsunami that followed the magnitude-9 earthquake on 11 March, a Christian relief organization reported. A team from the Osaka-based Japan International Food for the Hungry and volunteers from Tokyo Christian Institute erected it, after they went to the site on Kesennuma Bay in Miyagi prefecture to clear rubble. _____ U.S. Senate confirms religious freedom ambassador Washington, D.C. (ENI news) - A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration's long- vacant position to oversee international religious freedom after the Senate voted to confirm the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook for the post. The 14 April voice vote positions Cook to become the first female and the first African American in the post after a lengthy and controversial nomination process, Religion News Service reports. _____ Should faith have a role in U.S. foreign policy? Washington, D.C. (ENI news)- The State Department has a "rigidly narrow" view of diplomacy that neglects religion's role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged on 17 April as he announced his resignation. Other foreign policy experts have another name for it: Religion Avoidance Syndrome. And the departure of Douglas Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, they say, is symptomatic of a longstanding God gap in American foreign policy, Religion News Service reports. ***** 19 April 2011 Christ's last words unite Philippine churches Baguio City, Philippines (ENI news) - Philippine Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant and evangelical churches have united in reflecting on Christ's seven last sayings in a taped ecumenical radio program that will be aired on Good Friday. "This ecumenical activity is a realization of Jesus' prayer for his followers to be one. It also reminds us of our common Christian tradition, which should unite and not divide us," Rev. Joie Galinato of the United Methodist Church told ENI news. _____ Beatification of anti-Nazi martyrs divides Lutherans, Catholics Luebeck, Germany (ENI news) - Residents of this north German city have long taken pride in four native sons -- three Catholic priests and a Lutheran pastor -- who were beheaded in quick succession on 10 November 1943 by the Nazi regime. The commingled blood of Catholic priests Johannes Prassek, Hermann Lange, Eduard Mueller and Lutheran pastor Karl Friedrich Stellbrink spawned an ecumenical cooperation between the city's majority Lutherans and minority Catholics that still lasts, Religion News Service reports.But the Vatican's decision to beatify the three priests on 25 June -- but not Stellbrink -- is testing that ecumenical spirit, and has some religious leaders worried that the event could drive a wedge between the two communities. ***** 20 April 2011 Churches burned in Nigeria; faith leaders condemn violence Nairobi, Kenya (ENI news) - At least ten churches have been burned in Nigeria, where violence has broken out following the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, according to Barnabas Fund, a U.K. Christian charity. Violence broke out in the predominantly Muslim north when it became clear that Jonathan, a Christian from the south, would win in the presidential election over his key opponent, retired general Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim from the north. Jonathan was declared the winner on 18 April. _____ Mennonite World Day of Prayer focuses on Latin American women Strasbourg, France (ENI news) - Mennonite World Conference member churches are being encouraged to establish an annual day of prayer during May focused on Latin American women. The World Day of Prayer is an initiative of the Movement of Anabaptist Women Theologians in Latin America. Each year, women from a different country prepare a worship guide incorporating a meeting format, worship and teaching resources and background material for intercession. _____ Scholar challenges Thursday date of Last Supper London (ENI news) - A top British scientist claims his biblical, historical and astronomical research shows Christians have been observing Jesus' Last Supper on the wrong day of the week. Cambridge University Professor Colin Humphreys says Jesus' final meal with his disciples actually was eaten on the Wednesday before the Crucifixion -- one day earlier than has been traditionally accepted, Religion News Service reports. The mix-up, Humphreys concludes in his new book, "The Mystery of the Last Supper," may be because Jesus and disciples Matthew, Mark and Luke used one calendar, but fellow disciple John used another. ***** 21 April 2011 European leaders mark 10th anniversary of ecumenical charter Trier, Germany (ENI news) - European religious and political leaders are marking the tenth anniversary of the signing on 22 April of the Ecumenical Charter, noting that cooperation among churches has affected European civic and social progress. "The fruits of this ecumenical dialogue are being reaped every day," said Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union (EU), as reported by the German Protestant News agency (EPD). Van Rompuy said that European politics are being fed by such initiatives, as religious communities remind people of a spiritual dimension beyond material aspirations. "With this in mind, religion can also strengthen the social capital and moral engagement," he said. _____ Christians reflect on Good Friday/ Earth Day concurrence New York (ENI news) - As Good Friday coincides this year with Earth Day, churches around the world are reflecting on environmental concerns as they commemorate Christ's Crucifixion, but some believers think that, theologically, the two don't belong together. Proponents say that planting trees and meditating on ways humanity has wounded the earth can parallel devotions that mark Jesus' sacrifice, but opponents say that a political message, even a pagan one, is being pushed onto sacred territory. ***** QUOTES OF THE WEEK Provided courtesy of Sojourners.online April 18th, 2011 "Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry." - Susan B. Anthony ___ April 19th, 2011 "In order to arrive at what you do not know/ You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance./ In order to possess what you do not possess/ You must go by the way of dispossession./ In order to arrive at what you are not/ You must go through the way in which you are not./ And what you do not know is the only thing you know/ And what you own is what you do not own/ And where you are is where you are not." - T.S. Eliot, from his poem "East Coker" ___ April 20th, 2011 "Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a / bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation / full of courage issue forth; let a people / loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of / healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing / in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs be / written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of [humans] now / rise and take control." - Margaret Walker, from poem "For My People" --- April 22nd, 2011 "Why dost thou then dread to take this cross since it is the very way to the kingdom of heaven, and none but that? In the cross is health, in the cross is life, in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness; in the cross is the strength of mind, the joy of spirit, the highness of virtue, and the full perfection of holiness; and there is no health of soul nor hope of everlasting life but through virtue of the cross." - Thomas à Kempis, from "The Imitation of Christ" ***** ON THIS DAY Provided from the Archives of the New York Times April 17, 1961 - about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. http://tinyurl.com/3cukqg7 _____ April 18, 1906 - a major earthquake struck San Francisco and set off raging fires. More than 3,000 people died. http://tinyurl.com/3nv9upp _____ April 21, 1910 - author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn. http://tinyurl.com/3rpslhh ***** CLOSING THOUGHT "By virtue of the creation, and still more, of the Incarnation, nothing here below is profane for those who know how to see." - Teilhard de Chardin (in "Christian Mystics") (end)