Friday, June 8, 2012

Colleagues List, June 9th, 2012

Vol. VII. No. 39


Wayne A. Holst, Editor


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Dear Friends:

This is my first regular issue of
Colleagues List since Marlene and
I returned from our May-long trip
through North Eastern USA.

I have learned that getting back
into the discipline of weekly
production is no small challenge!


I introduce a new title in this
issue. It is "John Henry Newman -
Spiritual Writings" and it was sent
to me by colleague Robert Ellsberg

This week, I hope you enjoy -

Colleague Contributions by:

Lorna Dueck (Toronto) who writes about
the power of prayer as experienced by
Liberian women in the midst of the
Charles Taylor tragedy.

Jim Taylor (Okanagan) who introduces
us to the power of the "meeting of the

Beth Porter (Richmond Hill) interviews
a commentator who attempts to explain what
is going on among student groups in Quebec

Martin Marty (Chicago) reintroduces us to
the gospel of the 'other' Mary (Magdalene)


Net Notes:

"Reel Faith" - an intriguing article
on how the drive-in theatre opened the
door to the megachurch (Atlantic)

"This Just Isn't Working" - when very
important programs in your church are
just not getting support, what should
you do? (The Christian Century)

"A Sustainable Future for Kairos" -
much thought is being invested in the
redevelopment of Kairos - a Canadian
agency that links the churches and
government funding (Anglican Journal)

"Pope's Butler Could Get 8 Years" -
the Vatican intrigue continues, and
here is what could happen if it is
proven that 'the butler did it'
Huffington Post Canada)

"Creationists Win Korean Text Battle" -
here is an article that suggests the
American creationist issue is going
global (Uca News)

"Religion and Environmental Politics" -
here is a revealing article on how the
current Conservative government is
reversing many green policies
(Courier Islander -

"US Nuns Reject Vatican's Reprimand" -
the Vatican's heavy hand is being
resisted by many American religious
(The Tablet, UK)

"Veto Sends Nun's Book Sales Soaring" -
As might be expected, Vatican publicity
has produced many more readers for the
nun's book on sexuality (CNN)

"Global Anglicans Challenge Canadians" -
Fellow-members of the Anglican Communion
are expressing concern for their Canadian
co-religionists (

"Kung - Pope is Provoking Disobedience" -
Hans Kung expresses his views on why the
the top-down approach of the pope is
counter-productive in Germany
(The Tablet, UK)

"Fundamentalist Preacher Dies of Snakebite"
- this story has been told before but it
bears repeating (The Christian Post)


Global Faith Potpourri;

Fifteen news stories are provided by
Ecumenical News International, Geneva


On This Day;

Provided by the New York Times -

Elizabeth II of Britain crowned queen
16 months after the death of her father,

Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square
to crush the pro-democracy movement many die.

RFK shot and mortally wounded after claiming
victory in California's Democratic presidential
primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was arrested.

D-Day invasion of Europe took place during WWII
as Allied forces stormed Normandy, France. (1944)


Our Closing Thought this week is from
Hildegard of Bingen, with commentary by
Mathew Fox.

As things wind down for summer, I still plan
to produce one issue of Colleagues List per week
until June, and then one issue every other week
through July and August.



St. David's and ACTS Ministry Announce:


April 22nd - May 8th, 2013

Tour sale begins with deposit starting summer 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.


"Welcoming the Stranger -
 From Neighbors to Friends"


University and St. David's Autumn
Adult Courses will be announced
here next week.



Contact us at: (or)
St. David's Web Address -

Listen to audio recordings of Sunday services -



An accumulation of thirty-five books studied
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.



Book Notice:

Spiritual Writings
Introduced by John C. Ford.

Orbis Books, Maryknoll, NY.
$25.50 253 pages.
ISBN #978-1-57075-954-3.

Publishers Promo:

Through his writings, we trace the spiritual
journey of one of the most beloved and
influential Catholic voices of the modern era.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) is among a handful
of religious figures of the nineteenth century
whose influence today remains broad and ongoing.
As a leading Anglican churchman, Newman created
a stir when he entered the Roman Catholic Church
in 1845 and was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.
Newman’s critical mind and openness to the modern
world put him at odds with the starkly conservative
spirit of the church in his day, and he endured
carping criticism throughout his life.

Newman wrote about the development of doctrine
and the function of a Catholic university, and
he championed the rights of conscience, the role
of the laity, and the role of intuition along with
reason in the life of faith. Though ahead of his
time in many ways, he was named a cardinal by Pope
Leo XIII, and his influence helped shape the church
of the twentieth century, so much so that Pope Paul
VI called Vatican II "Newman's Council." In 2010 he
was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI.

The writings selected here trace Newman's spiritual
journey in tandem with the principal events of his
life, offering a unique glimpse into the life and
thought of one of Catholicism's true giants.


Rev. John T. Ford, CSC, - is professor of theology
and religious studies at the Catholic University
of America, Washington, D.C. He is the editor-in-
chief of Newman Studies Journal, and has served
as president of the North American Academy of
Ecumenists and the Faith and Order Commission
of the National Council of Churches.


Author's Words:

Lead Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark and I am far from home -
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene - one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that Thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path, but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will; remember not past years!

So long Thy power has blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on,
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn, whose angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

- written, aged 32, while at sea, June 16th, 1833.


My Thoughts:

It says something of the nature of John Henry
Newman (1801-1890) that this hymn, quoted
above) was first drawn to my attention through
my readings of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Gandhi considered this hymn his favourite
Christian expression outside of the words of
Jesus himself. Gandhi felt that the words
adequately reflected his own spiritual philosophy
whereby religion became a constant quest for truth.
Although they were written when Newman was still
quite young and an Anglican priest, they summed
up Gandhi's own humble search for meaning that
placed all religious disciplines under a divine
aegis. For Newman, there was indeed a hierarchy
of religion (and for him the Catholic faith stood
at the pinnacle) he was constantly reminding his
fellow-Catholics, as a cardinal, however, of the
dangers of human presumption.

Early in his career, Newman became associated
with the Oxford Movement (read a brief definition and much of his
learning from that movement continued to inform
and mature his Catholicism.

This book - including selections from Newman's long
career of writing and his special understanding
of the development of doctrine - is ably introduced
by John T. Ford.


Newman was well versed in patristic studies,
oratory and teaching. He was a strong defender
of "the sensus fidelium" - the ability of lay
people of God to truly understand Christian faith;
and the importance of belief in the Christian life.

Like many of the reformers (within and beyond
Anglicanism) he was a defender of Protestant
principles so that his reception within the
Catholic Church is all the more remarkable.

During his lifetime, he became a cardinal. A
century after his death, and in our own time,
Newman was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI
(September 19th, 2010).


If you would like to secure one book that brings
Newman to life through biography and poinant
selections of his own writings, this would be a
good choice.


Buy the book:


From Novalis:



Toronto, ON

Globe and Mail,
May 30th, 2012

"Liberia proves
  the power of Prayer"


Okanagan, BC

Personal Web Log
June 6th, 2012

"The Brief Intimacy
  of Shared Glances"


Richmond Hill, ON

A Human Future
Summer, 2012

"Understanding Quebec:
 Protests are More Than About Tuition"


Chicago, IL

June 4th, 2012

"The Gospel According
 to the 'Other' Mary"



How the Drive-in
Helped Create the Megachurch

The Atlantic
June 8th, 2012


When People Don't Show Up

The Christian Century
June 4th, 2012



Anglican Journal
June 6th, 2012


Vatican Scandal Unfolds

Huffington Post Canada
June 6th, 2012


American Issue Becoming Global One

Uca News
June 8th, 2012


Green Concern Missing in Government

Courier Islander -
June 1stm 2012



The Tablet, UK
June 9th, 2011



June 6th, 2012


June 1st, 2012


Approach Prompts Reaction

Hans Kung,
The Tablet, UK
May 26th, 2012



The Christian Post
May 30th, 2012



Ecumenical News International
News Highlights
4 June 2012

Israeli archaeologists find ancient seal
that mentions Bethlehem

Jerusalem (ENI news) - Israeli archaeologists
have said they have unearthed in Jerusalem the
earliest artifact containing the name of
Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus according
to the New Testament, in the form of a clay
seal called a bulla. It's significant because
it confirms the biblical narrative of the
existence of a village of Bethlehem within
the Kingdom of Judah, said Eli Shukron,
director of the excavation on behalf of the
Israel Antiquities Authority, which announced
the discovery in late May.


German gospel music festival features
new and traditional styles

(ENI news) - Gospel music may have historic
roots in black American culture, but German
organizers of this year's "Gospelkirchentag"
(literally "gospel church gathering") festival
say the vibrant music is drawing growing numbers
of German fans. An estimated 80,000 people
gathered in the west German city of Dortmund
from 1 to 3 June to hear traditional gospel
choirs alongside the diverse sounds that the
genre has influenced. "There are many styles
now that are influenced by gospel and they
are all represented here at the festival,"
said Markus Moehl, spokesperson for
Gospelkirchentag, in an interview.


New leader of Cuban coalition calls
for greater ecumenical partnerships

(ENI news) - The newly elected president of
the Council of Churches in Cuba (CIC) says
he believes Pentecostal and historic churches
can work together "because God calls us to be
God's people." The Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico,
of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, called
on the leaders of the churches to take advantage
of the moment to think about social, ecclesial
and ecumenical projects, "or what we lack so as
to be able to come together as a Cuban family."


Mennonite council stresses global relations,
Kraybill chosen president-elect

(ENI news) - he Mennonite World Conference's
(MWC) triennial General Council, which met 20-
26 May in Bettingen, Switzerland, stressed global
networking, acknowledging that its membership in
the Global South is growing. The council, which
gathered at the St. Chrischona Conference Centre,
also selected J. Nelson Kraybill of Elkhart,
Indiana, as MWC president-elect, according to
an MWC News Service release. Kraybill, who is
a pastor at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in
Elkhart, will begin his six-year term in July
2015 at the next global Assembly to be held in
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Assemblies are held
every six years.


Churches ask Philippine government
to improve human rights record

(ENI news) - Church activists from the
Philippines on 30 May criticized the government
of President Benigno S. Aquino III for failure
to improve a climate of rampant human rights
violations, including extrajudicial killings,
forced disappearances and evictions. They spoke
at a public hearing at the Ecumenical Centre in
Geneva organized by the Commission of the
Churches on International Affairs (CCIA)
of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Also involved were the National Council of
Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and the
Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch
(UPR Watch), according to a WCC news release.


5 June 2012

Egyptian Christians seek freedom guarantees
ahead of run-off vote

(ENI news) Egyptian Christians are seeking
guarantees they will have freedom of worship
as campaigns for the mid-June presidential
run-off are reaching fever pitch. Christians
hold a crucial number of votes, with six
million Copts being eligible alongside Roman
Catholic, Episcopalians (Anglicans) and some
evangelical groups. The 16-17 June election
pits Ahmed Shafik, a former Prime Minister
of jailed former president Hosni Mubarak,
against Mohammed Morsi, candidate of the
Muslim Brotherhood party. Christians have
not officially backed either of the two,
but Shafik on 4 June warned that voting for
the Islamist group would threaten the rights
of Christians and women, a viewthat appeared
to resonate with the denominations.


Jubilee celebrations in U.K.
end with thanksgiving service

(ENI news) - Four days of celebration in
the U.K. of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years
on the throne ended on 5 June with a service
of thanksgiving at London's St. Paul's
Cathedral.  Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan
Williams cited St. Paul as he praised the
queen's "lifelong dedication" to the nation
and its people. "I don't think it at all
fanciful to say," said Williams, "that in
all her public engagements, our Queen has
shown a quality of joy in the happiness
of others. She has responded with the
generosity St. Paul speaks of in showing
honor to countless communities and
individuals of every background and
class and race." More than 1,000 invited
worshipers, including members of the
royal family, religious leaders, politicians
and representatives of the 54 nations in the
British Commonwealth, attended the service.


6 June 2012

Rocking Russian grannies to
build church with prize winnings

(ENI news) - A group of six Russian
grandmothers who won second place in
Europe's Eurovision Song Contest have
pledged to use their prize money to
build an Orthodox church in their tiny
home village. The Buranovskiye Babushki,
or Buranovo Grannies, appeared in
traditional red smocks, headscarves
and woolly boots at the televised
extravaganza, hosted by Baku,
Azerbaijan. They raised the roof
with a disco number, "Party for
Everyone." Work on the church has
already started in their home village
of Buranovo, population 650, located
about 1,000 kilometers east of Moscow.


Kenyan churches seek government help
in upgrading security

Nairobi, Kenya (ENI news) - Protestant
denominations in Kenya are urging the
government to waive taxes on surveillance
cameras and other security equipment so
they can better protect their people and
property in the face of recent terror
attacks. The groups, united under the
National Council of Churches of Kenya
(NCCK), made the appeal as grenade
attacks hit churches and Christian
meetings in the cities of Nairobi,
Mombasa and Garissa. "We reiterate
the need to ... subsidize CCTVs (closed
circuit televisions) and other security
related equipment so that churches and
other social places can afford to install,"
said the Rev. Peter Karanja, the council's
general secretary, on 5 June in Limuru
near Nairobi.


7 June 2012

Japanese faith groups oppose
re-starting nuclear reactors

Tokyo (ENI news - A growing number of faith
groups and individuals, citing the quake-
triggered Fukushima nuclear crisis, are
joining voices in Japanese society opposing
the re-start of two nuclear power plant
reactors in the central Fukui prefecture
(state). Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has
said that re-starting the Oi nuclear plant
nos. 3 and 4 reactors, run by the Kansai
Electric Power Co., is necessary to avoid
electricity shortages in the peak summer
usage season.


World Council of Churches
announces Geneva site development

(ENInews) - The World Council of Churches
(WCC) announced it has contracted with the
Implenia Ltd. construction company for the
development of the council's 34,000-square-
meter site in Grand-Saconnex, Geneva,
including the building of a new Ecumenical
Center. The development is expected to take
place in several phases over the next five
to ten years, according to a WCC news
release. The process will begin with a
technical evaluation of the existing
buildings, followed by an architectural
competition. The winner is expected to
be chosen by mid-2013. The beginning of
construction work for the buildings,
comprising 50,000 to 60,000 square meters
of floor space, is planned for 2016/2017,
the WCC said. No financial details were


Episcopal bishops call on President
Obama to help save Gaza hospital

(ENI news) - The United Nations Relief
and Works Agency (UNRWA) on 1 June ended
its financial support to the Ahli Arab
Hospital in Gaza, an institution run by
the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and
the Middle East, cutting the hospital's
budget nearly in half. Presiding Bishop
Katharine Jefferts Schori, along with
101 Episcopal Church bishops from 43
states and the District of Columbia,
have written to United States President
Barack Obama calling for his intervention
to reverse the decision, according to an
Episcopal News Service (ENS) story.


8 June 2012

Central African churches aid victims
of warlord Joseph Kony

(ENI news) - In the Central African Republic,
churches are aiding victims of the violence
associated with Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony
and his rebel group, the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA). "Since we are humanitarian and
social [organizations] as churches, we are
paying great attention to the suffering and
needs of these people," the Rev. Andre Golike,
President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Central African Republic told ENInews in
a telephone interview on 7 June. Kony was
thrust into the limelight by the film Kony
2012, made by a U.S. nonprofit called
Invisible Children Inc., which said it
sought to make him "famous" to influence
his capture. The film has been viewed more
than 90 million times on


Thai village will get
first Christian crematorium

(ENI news) - Mennonites in Canada and
the U.S. are helping to build a
crematorium in the village of Borabu,
Thailand, where Christians have run
into difficulties using Buddhist
crematoria for funeral services.
The construction at Living Water
Church began in February and is
expected to be finished in June,
according to a joint news release
from Mennonite Church Canada News
and the Mennonite Mission Network.
With financial help from Mennonite
Church Canada and Bethesda Mennonite
Church in Henderson, Nebraska, the
crematorium will enable Christians
there to perform those ceremonies
for fellow Christians. Thailand is
a majority Buddhist nation where
cremation is the preferred method
of honoring the dead. Borabu is
about 235 miles northeast of


Fiji government gives Methodist church
limited permission to meet

(ENI news) - The Methodist Church
in Fiji and Rotuma has been granted
permission by the Government to hold
its annual conference, but the church
expressed concerns about the strict
conditions of the permit. Reverend
Tuikilakila, General Secretary of the
Methodist Church in Fiji, welcomed
this move by the police commissioner,
according to a news release from the
Methodist Church in Britain, which
said it welcomed these developments.
If the permit is not withdrawn, as
it was in previous years, it will
be the church's first conference in
four years, the news release said.



Provided by

June 1st, 2012

"Holiness consists in doing God’s will
joyfully. Faithfulness makes saints. The
spiritual life is a union with Jesus: the
divine and the human giving themselves
to each other. The only thing Jesus asks
of us is to give ourselves to him, in
total poverty and total self-forgetfulness."

- Mother Teresa


June 4th, 2012

“We work in the dark — we do what we can —
we give what we have. Our doubt is our
passion and our passion is our task.
The rest is the madness of art."

- Henry James, from  "The Middle Years"


June 5th, 2012

"The moment we begin to fear the opinions
of others and hesitate to tell the truth
that is in us, and from motives of policy
are silent when we should speak, the divine
floods of light and life flow no longer in
our souls."

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in a speech
to the National American Woman Suffrage
Association, 1890


"If there is righteousness in the heart/
There will be beauty in character/
If there is beauty in character/
There will be harmony in the home/
When there is harmony in the home/
There will be order in the nation/
When there is order in the nation/
There will be peace in the world."

- Sri Sathya sai Baba


June 6th, 2012

"There will be no security in our world,
no release from agonizing tension, no
genuine progress, no enduring peace,
until, in Shelley’s fine words, 'reason’s
voice, loud as the voice of nature, shall
have waked the nations.'"

- Ralph J. Bunche


June 8th, 2012

"This earth is a garden, the Lord its
gardener, cherishing all, none neglected."

- Sikh blessing



June 2, 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II of
Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey,
16 months after the death of her father,
King George VI.


June 4, 1989 - Chinese army troops stormed
Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the
pro-democracy movement; hundreds - possibly
thousands - of people died.


June 5, 1968 -  Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was
shot and mortally wounded just after claiming
victory in California's Democratic presidential
primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was
immediately arrested.


June 6, 1944 - the D-Day invasion of Europe
took place during World War II as Allied forces
stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.


CLOSING THOUGHT - Hildegard of Bingen

There is no creation that does not have radiance.
Be it greenness or seed, blossom or beauty. It
could not be creation without it.

- Hildegard of Bingen

The theological word for "radiance" is doxa in
Greek, which means "glory." So the radiance that
Hildegard refers to is more than just light.

However, according to today's science, atoms -
the building blocks of life - contain photons
or light waves. This would seem to substantiate
what Hildegard describes, that all creation is
in a literal way light itself. Look around you.
Do you find a radiance in everything you see?
Can you look for it, find it, touch it in all
that you see today?

- Matthew Fox


Friday, June 1, 2012

Colleagues List, June 2nd, 2012

Vol. VII. No. 38


Wayne A. Holst, Editor


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Dear Friends:

Marlene and I have just returned home 
from a month in the northeastern USA. 
It was a rich experience, but also quite 
tiring. (Some colleagues who read our 
itinerary could confirm this.) 

It was good to connect with an old friend,
and to revisit a few old haunts.

We saw much that was new and impressive.
Also, some things that disappointed.
Life goes on.

Hopefully, we will offer a regular issue
for you our readers next weekend.

In the meantime, I will be thinking about
how life has remained the same and changed 
for me since I lived and worked in the New 
York City area more than thirty years ago. 

Blessings, to you and your's,