Friday, April 13, 2012

Colleagues List, April 14th, 2012

Vol. VII. No. 35


Wayne A. Holst, Editor


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Dear friends:

Word has just been received that colleague Brian 
Rude, Lutheran missionary in El Salvador, will be 
retiring at the end of this year. Brian has been 
the longest-serving missionary of the ELCIC. 

More on him and his work in a future edition 
of Colleagues List.

It's mid-April and I would like to offer a -

"Personal Reflection on the Titanic - 1912-2012" 

Colleague Contributions: 

Monica Kilburn-Smith - (Calgary) is pleased to 
share a cover-story on her parish St. Brigit of 
Kildare Catholic Community of Calgary and the 
Catholic women-priest movement. This article 
has just been released in the edition of "Swerve" 
- the Calgary Herald's weekend cultural magazine. 
I have followed Monica and her people as they have 
struggled with the release of this article and 
I am proud to share it now with you. 

Isabel Gibson - (Ottawa) writes on the theme
of death - "When We Go." It's always good to
post her columns and you can receive your own
weekly mailings, by registering on her blog-site
"Traditional Iconoclast."


Net Notes:

"The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth" - a helpful
assessment of what the Kingdom of Heaven means

"The Hunger Games Contradiction" - more on
the popular movie and its message
(The Christian Century)

"Ossuary as Earliest Reference to Jesus" -
some years ago the saga of the ossuary
discoveries made headlines. Now they do again.
(Globe and Mail)

"Inuit Get First Complete Bible Translation"
- the church has been part of Inuit society
for many years. Finally, a complete translation
of the Bible in Inuit has been completed
(Anglican Journal News)

"Scottish Prelate: "Faithful Wear the Cross" 
- as debate continues in the UK over the use
of Christian symbols, the Catholic Cardinal 
of Scotland speaks out at Easter (BBC)

"Theologian: Ominous Divide Exists in Church" 
- an Irish theologian speaks about problems he
sees developing in the Irish Catholic Church
(Irish Times)

"Former Nun Says Abuse Rife in Kerala Convents"
- in another part of the world, a former Catholic
sister describes the church as she sees it in India
(Uca News)

"Cardinal and Atheist - Popular Australia Debate" 
- during the Easter Season, a popular media event
was the televised debate between Archbishop Pell
and Richard Dawkins (Sydney Morning Herald)

"Evangelicals React to Santorum Campaign Withdrawal"
- while the withdrawal of this candidate from the
Republican primaries helped clarify the race, many
conservative Christians feel bereft of an advocate
(The Christian Post)

"Clerical Abuse Costs US Catholic Church 2.49 
Billion" - while the cost in dollars has been 
great, the cost in pain and reputation has been 
much greater (Catholic Culture)

Global Faith Potpourri:

Thirteen religion stories appear from around 
the world and are provided by Ecumenical News 

Wisdom of the Week:

Felipe and Mary Barreda, Kathleen Norris,
Charles Marsh and Teilhard de Chardin
share their insights.

Closing Thought: 

Thomas Aquinas - the great medieval theologian
attempts to describe God, and Matthew Fox

Post-Easter blessings to all of you,



St. David's and ACTS Ministry Announce:


April 22nd - May 8th, 2013

Tour sale begins with deposit starting June, 2012
Full payment due, January, 2013

More details such as costs to be made available 
in the Sunday worship guide and the St. David's 
Spiritual Travelers Discussion List Group as they
become available.

To join the list discussion contact:
Deb. Charnusaki -

Your tour hosts: 

Marlene and Wayne Holst (or)


NOTE: David Rostad will visit St. David's
for a Special Turkey Tour Information Night
Monday, September 10th, 2012

All are welcome!


September 21st-23rd, 2012

Watch for new information as it 
becomes available.



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since 2000 can quickly be found at:

This collection of study resources represents 
more than 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.



- by Wayne Holst

My mother was born on April 15th, 1912 and she
would often remark, without further comment, 
that that was the day the Titanic sank.

Every year, I remember my mother's birth date
and the day the Titanic hit the iceberg.

This year is special, of course. It is the
100th anniversary of those important events.

It seems right that I share a reflection 
on the sinking of the Titanic and will leave
further comment on my mother to another time.


Two overworked themes emerging from that horrific 
disaster are human hubris and class-ism. I don't 
think I have much new to say about our misplaced
tendencies to build towers of babel that need to 
be challenged, or that we consider some groups of 
people to have greater significance than others. 


Humans are as they are. They have changed little
in terms of pride and prejudice over the millennia
that constitute our history. 

Marlene and I have had the opportunity to visit 
several Titanic exhibitions in Calgary and 
elsewhere over the past few years. We have also 
observed the location in Belfast where the Titanic 
was built and several port cities in the UK and 
Ireland where the Titanic passed on her maiden 
voyage that ended so disastrously. 

What this exposure to the story has taught me is
the 'ordinary' nature of it all. We have come to
expect humans to do grandiose things as well as
to treat others unjustly. It is the banality of 
it all that affects me.

Do jeremiads against hubris or class-ism have
any affect on us? Probably very little.

The reason we do not really learn, I think, is
because pride and prejudice run up against two
other profoundly held human values. 

We are encouraged to "be all that we can be" - 
and that means we need to possess a certain 
amount of self-worth (read that as pride) in
order to break from the pack in order to do 
unusual things. We are naturally inclined to 
rise above others in the process. When we do 
this we construct hierarchies between people 
and rank them accordingly.


Here is my little sermon for the season.

The image of Jesus emerges as an alternative 
to this thinking. Paul probably writes it best:

"Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus -
Who, being in the form of God, did not count
equality with God something to be grasped.

But he emptied himself, taking the form of
a slave, becoming as human beings are; and
being in every way like a human being, he
was humbler yet, even to accepting death,
death on a cross.

And for this God raised him high, and gave 
him the name which is above all other names."
(Philippians 2:5-9. NJB)

Jesus did more than infuse divinity to
humanity. He became "humbler yet" and
accepted (in Hebrew prophetic terms) the
role of the suffering servant. So secure
was he in his divinity that he could stoop
to serve; even to die for those with whom
he came to identify. 

From that act, Jesus models a corrective
to our human pride and prejudice.

May these post-Easter, post-Titanic, thoughts
give us a helpful perspective from which to 
live our lives. 



St. Brigit of Kildare

Monica wrote me today (in part)

I think they did an excellent job with a 
complex story - I am feeling a bit self-
conscious with my photo out there like that, 
but at least they didn't put me on the cover! 
(I begged them not to.)

Thank you for sharing it on Colleagues List. 
That will be wonderful.


Swerve Magazine
Calgary Herald
April 13th, 2012

"A Woman's Place is at the Altar" 


Ottawa, ON.

Personal Blog
April 8th, 2012

"When We Go"



Differing Ideas, and Maybe Not

April 12th, 2012


More Comment on the Current Movie

The Christian Century
March 30th, 2012


Update on the Story

Globe and Mail
April 12th, 2012


Bible Society Project

Anglican Journal
April 12th, 2012


Cardinal Speaks Out for Christians

BBC News
April 8th, 2012


Irish Church Appears Divided

Irish Times
April 9th, 2012


Kerala Situation Tragic

Uca News
April 10th, 2012


Popular Event in Secular Land

Sydney Morning Herald
April 9th, 2012


End of a Political Era

The Christian Post
April 10th, 2012


CHURCH 2.49B. SINCE 2004
Huge Outlay for Catholics
April 11th, 2012



Ecumenical News International
News Highlights
9 April 2012

Pope's Easter message includes Middle East

Vatican City (ENI news) - Pope Benedict XVI 
used his traditional Easter message on 9 
April to call for an end to the conflict 
in Syria, while his shorter-than-usual 
"Urbi et Orbi" blessing and frail appearance 
spurred speculation that his health might be 
worsening. "May the risen Christ grant hope 
to the Middle East and enable all the ethnic, 
cultural and religious groups in that region 
to work together to advance the common good 
and respect for human rights," he told about 
100,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square. 

Holy Week draws pilgrims 
to St. Thomas shrine in India

Malayattoor, India (ENI news) Last Palm Sunday, 
James Chevalloor began his annual 200-km (120-
mile) pilgrimage on foot with his friends under 
a blazing sun to the Malayattoor shrine in India's 
southwestern Kerala state, where St. Thomas the 
Apostle is said to have prayed. Though Malayattoor 
attracts pilgrims throughout the year, several 
million climb the 609-meter (1900 feet) hill to 
the shrine during Holy Week between Palm Sunday 
and Easter Sunday. Over a million arrived on Good 
Friday alone, causing a traffic jam that extended 
to the national highway 20 kilometers (12 miles) 


10 April 2012

Orthodox spokesman questions Turkish 
position on confiscated seminary

(ENI news) - A spokesman for the Orthodox 
Ecumenical Patriarchate has rejected suggestions 
by the Turkish government that the reopening of 
a confiscated Orthodox seminary near Istanbul 
should be linked with parallel concessions to 
Muslims in neighboring Greece. "I don't 
understand how this can be linked with steps 
by Greece, with which we have nothing in common," 
the spokesman, Dositheos Anagnostopoulos, said 
in an ENI news interview in early April. "The 
Halki Seminary is a problem between the 
Patriarchate, Ankara and the European Union;
Athens is not a party to this discussion." 

Filmmaker looks at religion, human rights 
through eyes of Flemish painter

(ENI news) - As he travels around the world 
presenting his film "The Mill and the Cross," 
Polish director Lech Majewski finds himself 
discussing the many religious themes in the work. 
The film centers on about a dozen of the 500 
characters that inhabit Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 
painting "The Procession to Calvary," painted in 
1564 when Flanders suffered under Spain's attempt 
to crush the Protestant Reformation in the Low 

Greek monk is released from detention 
for tax fraud charges

(ENI news) - The head of the largest of 20 
Orthodox monasteries on Mount Athos in Greece 
has been conditionally released three months
after being arrested by police on tax fraud 
charges. Greece's Ekathimerini newspaper 
reported that Abbot Ephraim, chief monk at 
the Vatopedi monastery, had returned to his 
community on 31 March, a day after being 
freed from pre-trial detention at Korydallos
Prison in Athens on bail of 300,000 euros.


11 April 2012

Youth in Peru less likely to consider 
themselves religious

Lima, Peru (ENI news) - Less than a third of 
Catholic youth in Peru consider themselves to 
be religious, according to a study carried out 
in March by the market research firm GFK Company 
and the national newspaper The Republic. The 
survey, conducted in three cities in Peru, also 
reveals that 41 percent of people polled consider 
themselves to be religious, compared to 59 percent 
that consider themselves to be somewhat, little 
or not at all religious, the Latin America and C
aribbean Communication Agency reported. 

Australia's Anglican church 
still divided over women's ordination

(ENI news) - Australia's Anglican Church has its 
third female bishop, Genieve Blackwell, but her 
31 March consecration was boycotted by her 
archbishop, Sydney's Peter Jensen, a strong 
opponent of women clergy. Blackwell, the first 
Anglican woman bishop in the state of New South 
Wales, was appointed regional bishop of Wagga 
Wagga, located between Sydney and Melbourne,
 by Bishop Stuart Robinson of the Diocese of 
Canberra and Goulburn. Jensen is archbishop 
of the region, which also includes Sydney, 
one of the most conservative dioceses in the 
Anglican Communion. Of her new role, Blackwood 
told ENInews, "It is about promoting Christ's 
church in the world, and encouraging parishes 
in what they are doing now and in the future."


12 April 2012

Indonesian Christian responders say 
2004 training helped during earthquake

(ENI news) - Christian disaster responders in 
Indonesia said that training put in place after 
the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami 
helped on 11 April when two large earthquakes 
measuring 8.5 and 8.2-magnitude on the Richter 
scale struck the northwest coast. Five people 
were killed and a child was critically injured, 
according to the nation's disaster mitigation 
agency, Reuters reported. The quakes struck off 
the island of Sumatra in the same area as in 
2004, when a 9.1-magnitude quake triggered an 
Indian Ocean tsunami that killed an estimated 
230,000 people, about half of them in 
Indonesia's Aceh province. 

Group puts Christian spin 
on Titanic disaster, anniversary

(ENI news) - Capitalizing on the 15 April 
centenary of the RMS Titanic's sinking are 
a spate of books, films, educational and TV 
programs, and commemorative events around 
the world. Center-stage is the much-hyped 
3-D version of James Cameron's 1997 epic 
movie "Titanic." But for one Texas-based 
Christian ministry, Cameron's film delivers 
now, as it did 15 years ago, a decidedly 
un-Christian message: That "class warfare" 
aboard the doomed ocean liner resulted in 
the disproportionate deaths of poor, 
female and young passengers, thus sinking
 the "Christian doctrine" of "women and 
children first." 

Mali hopes for peace after 
inauguration of civilian president

(ENI news) - A civilian president has been 
inaugurated in Mali, sending signs of hope 
for peace among citizens and faith 
communities in the West African nation 
where a coup occurred in March. Dioncounda 
Traore, 70, was sworn in as interim president 
on 12 April, marking a return to civilian 
rule in a country where Christians and 
Muslims had jointly launched an appeal for 
calm, solidarity and prayers since the coup.


13 April 2012

Once divisive, pilgrimage 
in Germany now fosters unity

(ENI news) - Thousands of pilgrims arrived on 
13 April in the German city of Trier to celebrate 
500 years of the Pilgrimage of the Holy Robe, 
which centers on a sacred relic. Once the cause 
of conflict between Christians, the pilgrimage 
now is seen as an opportunity to promote unity. 
"In the modern world, religions have to work 
together," said Bernhard Fresacher, a theologian 
working with the Catholic diocese of Trier. 
"In 2012, we are opening the ecumenical horizon 
to include many churches because we believe that 
the existence of Christianity today is only 
possible with an ecumenical spirit." 

Anglican group to sue 
London mayor over bus posters

(ENI news) - Anglican Mainstream, an orthodox 
Anglican group, has started legal proceedings 
against the Mayor of London following his ban 
on a bus poster campaign implying that gay men 
and lesbians can change and become heterosexual. 
"We have instructed our lawyers to take action 
against Boris Johnson for inducing one of  
Britain's leading advertising companies, 
CBS Outdoor, to abort our campaign, which 
was due to start on 16 April and run for 
two weeks," Canon Christopher Sugden, 
Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream, 
told ENInews on 13 April. 

Fukushima woman organizes radiation 
information centers at church 

Aizuwakamatsu, Japan, 13 April (ENI - news)
- Terumi Kataoka, who lives just 100 kilometers 
(62 miles) from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi 
nuclear power plant, is one of thousands of 
Japanese who frankly don't believe what 
governments and scientists are telling them 
about the health effects of low-dose radiation. 
So Kataoka, 50, has set up the Aizu Radiation 
Information Center at her local United Church 
of Christ church in Aizuwakamatsu. Because 
she is especially concerned about the effect 
of radiation on children, she also heads the 
Aizu Society to Protect the Lives of Children 
from Radiation. "There is no time to lose. 
We are called to pray and act with our voices 
of anger to save the lives of the little ones," 
Kataoka told ENInews. 



Provided by -

April 10th, 2012

"We discovered that faith is not expecting that 
the Lord will miraculously give us whatever we 
ask, or feeling that we will not be killed and 
that everything will turn out as we want. We 
learned that faith is putting ourselves in 
[God's] hands, whatever happens, good or bad. 
[God] will help us somehow."

- Felipe and Mary Barreda from, "Common Prayer - 
 A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals"


April 11th, 2012

"For grace to be grace, it must give us things we 
didn't know we needed and take us places where we 
didn't know we didn't want to go. As we stumble 
through the crazily altered landscape of our lives, 
we find that God is enjoying our attention as never 

- Kathleen Norris, from "Acedia & Me: A Marriage, 
 Monks, and a Writer's Life"


April 12th, 2012

"Over and above all movements for social justice 
is God's movement, [which is] the creative origin 
of any movement toward human liberation and 

- Charles Marsh


April 13th, 2012

"It is too easy to find an excuse for 
inaction by pleading the decadence of 
civilization, or even the imminent end 
of the world. This defeatism, whether 
it be innate or acquired or a mere 
affection, seems to me the besetting 
temptation of our time. Defeatism is 
invariably unhealthy and impotent; 
can we also prove that it is 
unjustified? I think so."

- Teilhard de Chardin, from 
  "Building the Earth"



On April 13, 1970 - Apollo 13, four-fifths of 
the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank 
containing liquid oxygen burst.(The astronauts 
managed to return safely.)



"God is supersubstantial beauty
and God bestows beauty on all 
created things."

- Thomas Aquinas


I am not sure what "supersubstantial
beauty" is or looks like, but it sounds
very great and beyond words. It is so
much beauty that it transcends our
perception. That's what God is,
according to Thomas. Then, God bestows
beauty on all beings, which means that
God must certainly have a different
standard of beauty than Hollwood.

Can you imagine God as supersubstantial
beauty? Does your religion proclaim
or promote this idea. Could you spend
a day seeing this beauty in every person
and creature you meet? How does this alter
you understanding of beauty?

- Matthew Fox from "Christian Mystics"


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