Saturday, November 19, 2011

Colleagues List, November 19th, 2011

Vol. VII. No. 14


Wayne A. Holst, Editor


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Special Item:
In This Issue -

Book Notice:

"A Commmon Written
 Greek Source for
 Mark and Thomas"
 by John Horman

Colleague Contributions:

Martin Marty
Margaret Somerville
Jim Taylor
Phylis Tickle

Net Notes:

Muslim Pilgrimage 2011
Wisdom from Loren Mead
LAMP Loses Pastor Pilot
World's Fastest Growing Church
Renunciation of Theocratic Force
Queen Marks 400 Years of the KJV
10 Ways "Occupy" Changes Everything
National Geographic - The Best Photos
Kerala Church in Shock at Nun's Killing
Vatican Threatens Action re Benetton Ad

Global Faith Potpourri:
Fourteen ENI Geneva stories.

Quotes of the Week:

Nelson Mandela
Amma Syncletica
Origen of Alexandria
Marian Wright Edelman
John Muir

On This Day:

250,000 stage peaceful demonstration 
in Washington against Vietnam War (1969)

Nixon tells the Associated Press
"I'm not a crook" over Watergate (1973)

Spain's parliament approved a bill to
establish a democracy after 37 years of 
dictatorship (1976)
Lincoln  delivered the Gettysburg 
Address as he dedicated a Civil 
War battlefield in Pennsylvania (1863)


Closing Thought: Julian of Norwich



Dear Friends:

Colleagues List is late arriving in 
your mailbox this weekend because of 
extra activities on my calendar.

One of these was my attendance at
a lecture at Ambrose University,
Calgary, given by colleague Miroslav
Volf of Yale. I plan to transcribe
my notes for you in next week's issue
as he spoke interestingly on the theme:
"The Ends of Economic Activity." 

I found it very timely.


I have also given extra time to writing
the book notice shared with you this
week. A former fellow seminarian, Jack
Horman, has written a rather technical
study entitled: "A Commmon Written
Greek Source for Mark and Thomas" and
I want to introduce it to you in the
best way that I can. Remember, I am
not a textual specialist.

Long ago, I learned not to underestimate
the intelligence of my audience, but
some studies introduced here need the
best presentation possible so that their
value can be better appreciated by you 
my readers with such varied backgrounds.

When I saw that this book was being
published I contacted Jack and told
him of my intentions. I am sharing
with you here some of his insights 
on the scriptures available to the 
early Christian church (but hidden 
from us.) These scriptures were 
conceivably in the possession of 
some Christian writers during a 
period up to 150 CE, but were 
subsequently lost or discarded.  

People like John Horman are helping us 
to reconstruct those missing (oral and 
written) texts.

Jack, I hope this presentation helps put 
some focus to a major life project for you.

Colleague Contributions:

Martin Marty (Chicago, IL) provides 
insights into the good work of World
Vision, a major relief and development
organization, known to many of you.
Thanks, Marty!

Margaret Somerville (Montreal, QC)
demonstates how the interaction of
law and ethics is becoming increasingly
apparent in developing and implementing
Canadian public policy.
Thanks, Margaret!

Jim Taylor (Penticton, BC) offers one
of his inimitable biblical translations -
this time, of Genesis chapter one.
Thanks, Jim. 

Phylis Tickle (Millington, TN) has
created a teaching DVD on a major
specialty of hers - the emergent church
movement. It is reviewed this weekend
in the Englewood Review.
Thanks, Phylis!

Net Notes:

"Muslim Pilgrimage 2011" - here are
some marvelous pictures well worth
considering (The Atlantic Monthly)

"Wisdom from Loren Mead" - the founder
of the Alban Institute was a strong
supporter, and I am pleased to share
some of his written legacy with you
(Alban Weekly)

"LAMP Loses Pastor Pilot" - many
Canadian Lutherans are aware of
the Lutheran Association of
Missionaries and Pilots who serve
isolated communities in Canada's
North. Now, a sad story to report.
(LAMP website)

"World's Fastest Growing Church" -
we are used to hearing unusual church
growth stories from Korea, but this 
one is special (Ucan News)

"Renunciation of Theocratic Force"
- journalist Neil Reynolds writes
that the major focus of the Christian
church has shifted from stamping out
heresy to working for global peace
(Globe and Mail)

"Queen Marks 400 Years of the KJV"
- another story on a special year
to remember the appearance of the
King James Bible, and of biblical
translation (The Guardian, UK)

"10 Ways "Occupy" Changes Everything"
- we are discovering more rational
assessments of the occupy movement
and I share a good one with you

"National Geographic - The Best Photos"
- no magazine has better photos and
here are the best from a recent contest
(The Atlantic Monthly)

"Kerala Church in Shock at Nun's Killing"
- the murder of a Catholic nun who worked
for justice and peace in Kerala state has
had a chilling affect (ANS News)

"Vatican Threatens Action Vs. Benetton Ad"
- Rome considers legal action against an
advertisement it considers harmful
(New York Times)

Global Faith Potpourri:

This week, Ecumenical News International,
Geneva, offers fourteen religious stories 
from around the world.


Quotes of the Week:

This week, Nelson Mandela, Amma Syncletica,
Origen of Alexandria, Marian Wright Edelman
and John Muir share their insights with us.

On This Day:

250,000 demonstrate against Vietnam War (1969)
Nixon says "I'm not a crook" re Watergate (1973)
Spain gets democracy after 37 years (1976)
Lincoln gives Gettysburg Address (1863)


Closing Thought: 

Julian of Norwich completes this issue with
comments on God as supreme goodness.




Introducing the Full Program


Series nearing completion:

"Living Ethically Amid Chaos"
 Two Books by Richard Holloway

September 19th - November 28th
TM Room, St. David's United Church
7:00PM - 9:00PM

"Between the Monster and the Saint"
 Spiritual support for pursuing a life
 that seeks above all to be good

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 Learning how to separate "God says" 
 from doing what is right

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Taught by: Wayne Holst

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 Tuesday Nights, 7:00PM - 9:00 PM
 September 27th - November 29th

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 How Followers of Christ Can Serve the Common Good"
 by Miroslav Volf

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Book Notice:

by John Horman

Canadian Corporation 
for Studies in Religion
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011
Hardcover. $85.00. 258 pages.
ISBN #978-1-55458-224-2

Publisher's Promo:

About John Horman -

John Horman received his Ph.D. from 
McMaster University in 1973 and is an 
independent scholar from Waterloo, ON. 
He has published in Novum Testamentum, 
and this is his first book.


Book Description -

This book uncovers an early collection of 
sayings, called N, that are ascribed to 
Jesus and are similar to those found in 
the Gospel of Thomas and in Q, a document 
believed to be a common source, with Mark, 
for Matthew and Luke. In the process, the 
book sheds light on the literary methods 
of Mark and Thomas. A literary comparison
of the texts of the sayings of Jesus that 
appear in both Mark and Thomas shows that 
each adapted an earlier collection for his 
own purpose. Neither Mark nor Thomas 
consistently gives the original or earliest 
form of the shared sayings; hence, Horman 
states, each used and adapted an earlier 
source. Close verbal parallels between the 
versions in Mark and Thomas show that the 
source was written in Greek. Horman’s 
conclusion is that this common source is N.

This proposal is new, and has implications 
for life of Jesus research. Previous research 
on sayings attributed to Jesus has treated 
Thomas in one of two ways: either as an 
independent stream of Jesus sayings written 
without knowledge of the New Testament Gospels 
and/or as a later piece of pseudo-Scripture 
that uses the New Testament as source. This 
book rejects both views.


... The N hypothesis will be provocative in 
the best sense; it will provoke debate, surely 
criticism, scholarly re-thinking of how to 
account for the composition of the Gospel of 
Thomas, still a front of hyper-activity in 
scholarship on early Christianity and its 

— Willi Braun, University of Alberta, 


Author's Words:

In 1979 I proposed that the authors of the
Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Thomas
shared a common written Greek source for 
their respective versions of the original
story of the sower (Mark 4:3-8/Thomas 9)
a source apparently represented, at least
for this story, more accurately in Thomas.

Since Matthew and Luke depend on Mark for
their versions of that story, all versions
of the story go back to that source. Such
a source would have contained not only
one story, but also other sayings common
to Mark and Thomas...

Since then, I had some opportunity to
investigate the sayings which could be
attributed to such a source, beginning
with a close comparison between the
Greek text of Mark and the Coptic
translation of Thomas, taking into
account the Greek fragments of Thomas
and the Coptic translations of the
synoptic gospels. It became apparent
that the illustrative story about the
sower was no exception, and that other
sayings were, when subjected to
textual comparison, sufficiently close
to either allow or sometimes require
a literary relationship...

To account for the complexities of 
the evidence, I required a hypothetical 
source, written in the Greek language,
which I came to call N.

Since my article was published (more
than 30 years ago, new) developments
have added weight to the view that
Thomas, far from being a late Gnostic
forgery (believed by many back then)
contained independent evidence for
the sayings of Jesus...

The first has been significant new 
research into the Q (Quelle) document
... that might stand as an intermediary
between Thomas and one or more of the
Synoptics (Mt. Mk. Lk.)

My studies (also) suggest that both Q and 
my proposed common source were examples 
of a kind of document that was useful
for a long time until it became obsolete, 
probably in the final years of the 
second century.

Research into Q has provided fresh 
material for... renewed interest in
the teachings of Jesus... and shows
reason to believe that the Gospel of
Thomas often carries earlier versions
of the sayings which it shares with
the Synoptics...

Research into the sayings of Jesus
responds to a large public interest
while satisfying certain theological
goals. Whereas much of the doctrinal
structure of Christianity has lost 
its appeal for many modern thinkers,
perhaps an appeal to the historical
Jesus would present a form of
Christianity that could be considered
more plausible and more congenial...

It can easily be shown that many of
the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas 
are closer than the corresponding 
sayings in the synoptic gospels to 
the original forms postulated by the
form critics. Thus many see Thomas
as representing an original stream
of orally transmitted teachings of
Jesus uncontaminated by the heavy
theological agendas of the New
Testament gospels. While not
necessarily itself always containing
the original words of Jesus, it can
be used judiciously in close 
comparison with Q to provide something 
very close to what Jesus is likely to 
have said.

Therefore, if as (Marcus) Borg says,
Jesus "trumps the Bible" it should
follow that the Gospel of Thomas
is religiously more valuable than
anything in the New Testament, except 
perhaps for the reconstructed Q.

(Many assume that) Thomas can be 
explained only on the supposition that
either it was written before the
canonical gospels or it was composed
in some location far removed from the
Christian mainstream.


...N and Q, as early collections of
sayings attributed to Jesus, give
somewhat contrasting viewpoints. 

Perhaps both collectors, like some
modern authors of the lives of Jesus,
selected evidence congenial to their
own point of view in order to have
Jesus on their side. We cannot know 
this unless we allow both Q and N
to speak with their own voices.

We have to understand both sides
of the controvers(ies) that erupted
(over these differing sources) but 
we do not have to take sides...

It will be seen that my proposed
common source (N) if accepted, will
have consequences for our common
picture of Christianity before 150 
(CE). Evidently, sayings ascribed 
to Jesus were very important and
were handed down only by word of
mouth, but also in collections of
sayings. Not only Mark, but also
Thomas became very important for
their evidence about these sayings.

...Hence, the reader is asked to
weigh what follows very carefully,
and to subject it to close scrutiny
before deciding to agree or disagree.

- from the Introduction


My Comments:

For those who wish to read more
extensively, I propose you consider
the Wikipedia articles on the Gospel
of Thomas and the Q Source (below.) 
While these articles are constantly 
being refined, they provide, in their 
present format, a helpful background 
to the rather complex material 
presented to us by the author.

Gospel of Thomas:

Q Source:


Jack Horman, the author, and I go back
to university days at Wilfrid Laurier
during the 1960's. When I saw that he
had written a study on the possibility
of a hidden source for not only the
Gospel of Mark but also of Thomas, I
was intrigued but not surprised.

This book of 258 pages, elegantly
published by WLU Press, Waterloo, ON.
does justice to the thousands of hours
of laborious research that has obviously
gone into this study over some decades.

It is quite obvious that Jack did this
as a labour of love for a field of study 
that has always intrigued and inspired 
him. That he would work in relative 
obscurity doing the somewhat "thankless" 
task of researching in ancient Greek and 
Coptic texts as a private scholar - 
without benefit of a tenured position
with its research grants - makes me
respect him even more.

What he really seems to want to do
is to press forward the exciting task
of digging into Christian origins and
helping us move past common wisdom,
handed down to us without benefit of
much critical assessment.

In writing this, he is doing what people
like Elaine Pagels, James Robinson,
Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
(more public scholars and authors) have 
been doing for the last thirty years.
They have been attempting to search
below the schools of thought represented
by the early New Testament canonical
writers and to seek out what could be
the authentic sayings of the historical

I repeat, this can be a very difficult
and thankless task, and one that I simply
could not perform. But I honor that it
is being done.


Horman has selected 26 sayings common
to Mark and Thomas that he proposes
describe the 'scope of N' - and he adds
other selections as well. This he calls
'a new Greek source ' - now lost, for both 
Mark and Thomas.

There is something refreshing in
studying passages like the one about
Jesus' mother and brothers coming to
him (N 3:31 - Thomas 99; Mark 3:31-35),
carrying one's cross (N 8:34 - Thomas
55:2; Mark 8 34b) and paying taxes to 
Caesar (N 12:13 - Thomas 100; 
Mark 12:13-17).

One gets the sense that Mark - the
official canonical writer that we are
used to reading - had access to sources 
long lost but very much alive to him at 
the time.


Some of us are becoming familiar with
the Gospel of Thomas - one of the books
that got a bad name because other gospels
were selected for inclusion in the New 
Testament canon instead of it. 
Some years ago, a Bible study group I 
led at St. David's worked through the 
114 Sayings attributed to Jesus in the 
Gospel of Thomas. It was a bracing and 
helpful exercise, and it gave us new eyes 
through which to study the gospels.

Horman takes us deeper, helping us to
isolate sources that Thomas may have
used in his own collection of Jesus

I do not view the study of extra-
canonical texts a diversion. I view
it rather as an enhancement of my
study of the Bible. My view of the
inspiration of scripture allows for
this, even though some might consider
it dangerous, even heretical.

To me, a fixed canon is more likely
to be a reduced canon. To honour the
Bible we have, but to recognize that
humans selected the books that were
included, should make us rather humble
in our opinions about what constitutes 
"the Word of God."


All of this builds the argument that the 
early Christian church was nourished by
a diverse set of sources containing the 
stories and sayings of Jesus. Only
slowly are we discovering what some of
those sources might be.

Thanks to John Horman, we can all learn
more about that rich field of meaning.


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Chicago. IL
"World Vision Foreign Aid"

November 14th, 2011


Montreal, QC.

"Is the Charter 'Applied Ethics'
 in Law's Clothing?"

Globe and Mail
November 14th, 2011


Okanagan, BC

"Genesis" - Possibilities
 A Free Translation of Genesis 1

Web Log
November 14th, 2011


Millington, TN

"Embracing Emergence Christianity"
 Six Sessions with DVD and Guide

Reviewed by the
Englewood Review of Books
November 18th, 2011




The Atlantic
November 11th, 2011


Alban Founder Still Relevant

Alban Weekly
November 14th, 2011


Pastor Downed in Colorado

Lamp Website:


Seoul-Based Denomination on Fire

Ucan News
November 14th, 2011


From Heresy-Hunting to Peacemaking
Assessment of Benedict at Assisi

Globe and Mail
November 14th, 2011


Westminster Ceremony

The Guardian, UK
November 17th, 2011



November 12th, 2011



The Atlantic Monthly
November 17th, 2011



ANS News Service
November 18th, 2011


It Shows Pope Kissing Imam

New York Times
November 17th, 2011



Ecumenical News International
News Highlights
14 November 2011

Despite faith efforts, Nigerian city 
remains tense, report says

Geneva (ENI news) - Religious leaders have 
been preaching peace in the conflict-ravaged 
Nigerian city of Jos, where up to 7,000 people 
have been killed in ethno-religious violence 
since 2001, but the message "does not trickle 
down fully," according to a report by a Geneva-
based research group. The tensions have been 
exacerbated by fears over religious domination 
and over resources, said the report, titled 
"A Deadly Cycle: Ethno-Religious Conflict in 
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria," by the Geneva 
Declaration Secretariat, released on 10 

El Salvador gives award 
to Archbishop Romero Trust

London (ENI news) - El Salvador on 
11 November bestowed the first "Amigo 
de El Salvador" award on the London-based 
Archbishop Romero Trust, which celebrates 
the legacy of human rights advocate 
Archbishop Oscar Romero. Hugo Martinez, 
El Salvador's minister for foreign affairs, 
presented a gold medallion at a London 
reception to the trust chair, Julian 
Filochowski, and said the award was in 
recognition of the trust's work. 


As injured American veterans return home, 
congregations reach out

Newton, Massachusetts (ENI news) - 
Some wounds of war are all too visible -- 
a missing leg, a shattered arm. The 
invisible wounds of mind and soul are 
often more difficult to spot, and equally 
hard to treat. But those who know where 
to look can help them heal, and it's a 
message that is hitting home for U.S. 
congregations as more than 1.35 million 
veterans adjust to civilian life after 
deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
Religion News Service reports. With 
symptoms of post-traumatic stress 
disorder (PTSD) affecting an estimated 
one-in-six returning service members, 
congregations are coming face-to-face 
with the tolls of war. Experts say f
aith groups have much to offer, even 
when the wounds include PTSD and 
traumatic brain injury. 


15 November 2011

Lutheran and Norwegian church groups 
agree to cooperate in emergencies

Geneva (ENI news) - The Lutheran World 
Federation (LWF) and Norwegian Church 
Aid (NCA) said they signed on 10 Nov. 
a cooperation agreement that will 
strengthen their response to global 
emergencies such as a recent crisis 
on the Tunisian border involving 
thousands of refugees fleeing turmoil 
in Libya. The agreement, signed in 
Geneva, means the two organizations 
are "committed to start a new phase of 
partnership based on mutual trust and 
accountability," according to Rudelmar 
Bueno de Faria, global program coordinator 
for the LWF's Department for World Service, 
as reported by the LWF's information 

Austrian cardinal's church transfer to 
Orthodox gains Vatican approval

Vienna (ENI news) - The head of Austria's 
Roman Catholic church has agreed to give one 
of his parish churches to Orthodox Christians, 
after an appeal against the decision by local 
Catholics was rejected by the Vatican on 11 
November. In October 2011, Cardinal Christoph 
Schonborn said he had decided to merge two 
neighboring parishes in Vienna so that the 
church of Our Lady of Sorrows could be taken 
over by the Serbian Orthodox church's diocese 
of Central Europe. 


16 November 2011

Christian leaders seek resolution
to Middle East stalemate

Washington, D.C. (EN Inews) - Christian 
leaders are urging the U.S. government 
to step up its leadership in resolving 
the prolonged stalemate in peace 
negotiations between Israeli and 
Palestinian leaders, especially in 
light of a recent move by Israel to 
establish a new settlement in East 
Jerusalem. An 11 November alert from 
the Episcopal Church's Episcopal 
Public Policy Network (EPPN) calls 
on Episcopalians and other religious 
advocates to write President Barack 
Obama asking him to state his "clear 
and forthright public support for the 
sharing of Jerusalem as a capital for 
both Israel and a future Palestinian 
state," Episcopal News Service 

Pakistani parliament 
criticizes murders of Hindus

Islamabad (ENI news) - Pakistan's 
parliament on 15 November condemned 
the killing of three Hindu brothers 
at a medical clinic in what observers 
said was an unusual show of support 
for religious minorities. The National 
Assembly observed a minute's silence 
in solidarity with the families of 
Ajeet Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Ashok 
Kumar, who were shot dead by 
unidentified gunmen on motorbikes 
in Shikarpur in Sindh province on 
8 November. "It is a positive 
development that all the political 
parties have condemned this shocking
killing," Michelle Chaudhry of the 
All Pakistan Minorities Alliance 
(APMA), told ENInews.

Pope to make second trip to Africa

Vatican City (ENI news) - Pope 
Benedict XVI will begin his second 
papal trip to Africa on 18 November, 
visiting the West African country of 
Benin for three days, where he is 
likely to address economic justice, 
peace-building and interfaith dialogue. 
During Mass at a stadium in the city 
of Cotonou on 20 November, Benedict 
will present Catholic bishops from 
across Africa with an authoritative 
papal document about the church's 
efforts to promote "reconciliation, 
justice and peace," Religion News 
Service reports.


17 November 2011

Austria's dissident Catholics urged 
to "maintain church unity"

Warsaw (ENI) - Austria's Roman Catholic 
bishops have rejected a call by dissident 
church members for laypeople to begin 
presiding at Mass when parishes have no 
priests, but the bishops also pledged to
 maintain a dialogue over possible changes 
in church life. In their 10 November 
declaration, the bishops rejected a 5 
November call by Austria's We Are Church 
movement for laypeople to preside at Mass 
and celebrate the Eucharist. The bishops 
were also reacting to a July "Call to 
Disobedience" signed by 250 of Austria's 
4,200 Roman Catholic priests, urging the
ordination of women priests and 
distribution of Communion to non-Catholics 
and remarried divorcees. 

Lutheran churches in Indonesia 
pledge to combat HIV/AIDS

Sukamakmur, Indonesia (ENI) - Lutheran 
churches in Indonesia have approved several 
steps to revitalize their commitment to 
fight the AIDS epidemic. Two conferences 
on HIV/AIDS called "Embracing Life: Our 
Common Responsibility" were organized by 
LWF (Lutheran World Federation) Indonesia 
from 6-10 November. Sixty youth delegates 
and church leaders attended. 

Protestant and Catholic leaders reflect 
on Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany

Berlin (ENI) - Religious leaders 
representing the Protestant and Catholic
churches in Germany called this week for 
further ecumenical cooperation and said 
that the two churches should stand 
together as a common base for Christians. 
In a panel discussion on the "state of 
ecumenism after the Pope's visit," 
Stephan Ackermann, the Bishop of Trier, 
and Nikolaus Schneider, president of 
the council of the Evangelical Church 
in Germany (the federation Protestant 
churches in Germany), agreed that 
the Catholic and Protestant Churches 
could mutually benefit from and enrich 
each other. 


18 November 2011

As Uganda re-considers anti-gay law, 
former bishop calls for tolerance

Kampala, Uganda (ENI news) - As legislators 
in Uganda prepare to re-open debate on a 
bill that would harshly punish homosexuals, 
a church leader who campaigns for gay rights 
has renewed his call for tolerance and 
compassion. Christopher Ssenyonjo, former 
Anglican bishop of West Buganda diocese, 
said in an 18 November interview with ENI 
news that fear of attack among lesbians, 
gays, bisexuals and transgendered people, 
or LGBTs, was increasing each day with 
many being forced to shift houses. 

Ecumenical group highlights 
Israeli demolitions

Imneizil, West Bank (ENI news) - Before 
electricity came to her village, Nihad 
Moor, 25, sometimes spent more than half 
the day doing housework. A set of solar 
panels installed two years ago in this 
small South Hebron Hills village made 
her life a bit easier. Now she is afraid 
that if a final demolition order issued in 
October by the Israeli Civil Administration 
for the solar installation is carried out, 
the village will be without electricity 
again. This is the kind of situation 
highlighted by the Ecumenical Accompaniment 
Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), 
which hosted a visit to Imneizil on 16 
November. The solar panels had been 
installed by the Energy Research Center 
of the Palestinian Al-Najah University, 
the Spanish government and SEBA, a Spanish 
non-profit organization that specializes 
in solar energy.
'From Gutenberg to Google' is one theme 
of Reformation anniversary

Budapest, Hungary (ENI news) - 
Communications - "from Gutenberg to Google" - 
will be an important factor in 2017 when 
churches celebrate the 500th anniversary 
of the Protestant Reformation, according 
to a committee that is guiding the Lutheran 
World Federation (LWF) in marking the event. 
At its first meeting in Budapest, Hungary 
from 14 to 15 November, the "Luther 2017: 
500 Years of Reformation" group also 
identified leadership formation and the 
central role of worship as crucial issues, 
according to a news release from the 
Geneva-based LWF. 



Provided by

November 14tH, 2011

"To be free is not merely to cast 
off one's chains, but to live in 
a way that respects and enhances 
the freedom of others." 

- Nelson Mandela 


November 15th, 2011

"In the beginning there is struggle 
and a lot of work for those who come 
near to God. But after that, there is 
indescribable joy. It is just like 
building a fire: at first itÂ’s smoky 
and your eyes water, but later you get 
the desired result. Thus we ought to 
light the divine fire in ourselves 
with tears and effort.”

- Amma Syncletica


November 16th, 2011

"The law becomes an 'old testament' 
only for those wish to understand it 
carnally, but for those who understand 
it and apply it in the Spirit and in 
the gospel sense, the law is ever new 
and the two 'testaments' are a new 
testament for us, not because of 
their date in time but because of the 
newness of the meaning. For those who 
do not respect the covenant of love, 
even the gospels are 'old.'"

- Origen of Alexandria


November 17th, 2011

"So often we think we have got to make 
a difference and be a big dog. Let us 
just try to be little fleas biting. 
Enough fleas biting strategically can 
make a big dog very uncomfortable."

- Marian Wright Edelman


November 18th, 2011

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, where nature 
may heal and give strength to body and soul."

- John Muir



Provided from the archives
of the New York Times

On Nov. 15, 1969 -  a quarter of a million 
protesters staged a peaceful demonstration 
in Washington, D.C., against the Vietnam War.

Nov. 17, 1973 -  President Nixon told an 
Associated Press managing editors meeting 
in Orlando, Fla., that ``people have got 
to know whether or not their president 
is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.''

Nov. 18, 1976 - Spain's parliament 
approved a bill to establish a democracy 
after 37 years of dictatorship.

Nov. 19, 1863 -  President Abraham 
Lincoln  delivered the Gettysburg 
Address as he dedicated a national 
cemetery at the site of the Civil 
War battlefield in Pennsylvania.



"God is everything that is good and the 
goodness that everything possesses is God."

- Julian of Norwich

Here Julian reports that goodness is God.
Every experience of goodness is an experience
of God. Is that your experience also?

When you experience goodness in your life,
to whom do you give credit?

- Matthew Fox in "Christian Mystics"


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