Un Mandato para Cumplir by /por Harriett Jane Olson
04/01/2013 Algunas veces, durante un bautismo o una renovación de votos en la iglesia, pienso que el lenguaje que se utiliza en este pacto es sorprendente: "¿Renuncias realmente a las fuerzas espirituales de la debilidad, rechazas los poderes del mal de este mundo y te arrepientes de tus pecados?" ¡Estos no son desafíos a los que nos enfrentamos todos los días! Por ejemplo, si usted trabaja en Google y escucha constantemente el mensaje: "No seas malvado", estas promesas podrían llegar a ser triviales, pero para mí no lo son. He vivido muy de cerca la lucha para resistir al mal cuando encuentro individuos atrapados por adicciones que no reciben ninguna ayuda, o veo a mujeres que son definidas como demonios por la cultura popular, o cuando visito comunidades que están sufriendo una pobreza extrema. Pero en realidad, estas situaciones no reflejan la forma en que tomo mis decisiones diarias.
Responsively Yours: A Charge to Keep by Harriett Jane Olson
04/01/2013 Sometimes at church during a baptism or a renewal of our vows, I find the language of this covenant startling: “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world and repent of your sin?” Wow. Those are not challenges you hear every day! If you work at Google and hear the mantra, “Don’t be evil,” on a regular basis, these commitments could appear mundane, but they aren’t mundane for me. I’ve had a profound sense of the struggle to resist evil during encounters with individuals stuck in addictions without help, or seeing women demonized in popular culture, or when visiting communities suffering in extreme poverty. But usually, that’s not the way I see my daily choices.
Easter Reflection by Harriett Jane Olson
03/29/2013 How appropriate that one of the lectionary readings for today is Acts 10—Peter in the house of Cornelius. This event is not a retelling of the Easter story itself.
I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me by Rosangela Oliveira
03/14/2013 The first Friday of March is, for many women around the world, a special day of prayer. It is, in fact, the World Day of Prayer (WDP). “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” is the celebratory theme of this year’s service prepared by the WDP Committee in France.
“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” by Glory E. Dharmaraj
03/14/2013 Psalm 22 is a lament. Jesus, in his excruciating pain on the cross, uses the opening verse of this psalm of lament. This cry of Jesus, captured for us by the Gospel writers in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34, is one of deep despair and abandonment.
Beyond the Golden Rule by Carmen F.S. Vianese
03/13/2013 Whether Christian or not, we’ve all been taught the Golden Rule: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Jesus said it in a positive restatement of something in the Jewish oral tradition. It sounds simple, but as we all know, living it out is very difficult. Not to mention that within the Golden Rule is the focus on “you.” No matter how many lessons you learn from doing to others, they’re still your lessons, and it all still depends on your human capacity to love. And unfortunately, too often, that capacity is more like a dinner plate than a deep well, far too shallow when compared with the task at hand of living a different, loving kind of life.
Bearing Witness: Being People of One God in Christ Above All Idols by Catherine Mudime Akale
02/09/2013 Witness bearing! A term of great significance to the Christian Church, it conjures up many images when we think of the toll that bearing witness for Christ has taken upon Christians throughout the ages.
Responsively Yours: Claim the Blessings of Work and Rest by Harriett Jane Olson
02/01/2013 How do you decide when to work hard for change and when to accept what life presents?
Breaking Rocks and Barriers by Richard Lord*
02/01/2013 For 15 years Sheralin Greene broke barriers every day as a coal miner in Harlan County, Ky., where 98 percent of miners are male and 90 percent are white.
Revisiting the Rev. King’s Call to Action in His “Beyond Vietnam” Speech by Janis Rosheuvel
01/15/2013 Reflecting on passages from his “Beyond Vietnam” speech reveals Dr. King’s words as enduringly prophetic and persistent.
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