Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Colleagues List, December 8th, 2019


Vol XV. No. 20

GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE

Wayne A. Holst, Editor
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Dear Friends:

Computer problems have prevented me from sending you
my weekly Colleagues List since the first week of November. 

I am now re-building my weekly CL site and it is a work
in progress. Hopefully, you will bear with me as the new
site is still short of pictures and archival history.

I have collected some usual items for this issue.

Please view this as the start of a new version of Colleagues
List for the future. We are in process of getting re-established
on the internet through Google, so please stay tuned and
value the Advent season with me.

Wayne

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SPECIAL ITEM

Advent Reflection

The congregation in Calgary that I served as founding pastor
was named Advent Lutheran. I always liked the term 'Advent'
because it speaks of new beginnings. 

But as you will see from reading this issue of Colleagues List,
colleague Jim Taylor has mixed feelings about the season and
we want to support him right now with our thoughts and
prayers.

Hope is not Pollyanna. It is realistic about life and death.
It does not try to gloss over the hard parts.

But as I am sure Jim knows, there is meaning existing beyond 
this present world. We want to honor Jim for sharing his 
true doubts and feelings about the imminent demise of his 
beloved partner. We'll avoid being "peace when there is no 
peace."

Jim supported me when I was going through a tough time
and I want to be there for him now. But how?

Hopefully, a quiet presence with him on the part of many of
you will serve him in the present moment.

Consider 'blue' Advent - acknowledged in the same spirit as 
'blue' Christmas - as celebrated in many of our churches during 
this time of year.

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COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS

Mark Whittall,
Ottawa, ON.

Sermons and Blog
December, 2019

"Can You See It?"

  https://tinyurl.com/vvvohlr

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Jim Taylor,
Okanagan, BC

Personal Web Log
December 5th, 2019

"Mixed Feelings About What Hope Means"
  https://tinyurl.com/vgm8kvm

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Elfrieda Schroeder,
Winnipeg, MB.

In Transit Blog
November 8th, 2019

"November Days of Contemplation"
  https://tinyurl.com/wv5fv7t

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Ron Rolheiser,
Sam Antonio, TX

Personal Web Site
December 2nd, 2019

"Anchoring Ourselves Within God's Goodness"
  https://tinyurl.com/tvjgkkf

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NET NOTES

READING TONI MORRISON IN ADVENT
American Writer Has Seasonal Message

The Christian Century,
December 2nd, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/telpydf

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ELECTION CONGRATS SENT TO TRUDEAU
From the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

EFC Website,
December 2nd, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/wa7rbdz

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IT'S TIME FOR OUR BIASES TO GROW
Decorum Amid Difference Needs Reclaiming
By Joan Chittister

National Catholic Reporter,
December 4th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/walpqs8

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FRANCIS WELCOMES REFUGEES
TO A NEW LIFE IN ITALY
Practicing What He Preaches

Religion News Service
December 4th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/qtnuk6g

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REPORT PROJECTS A BIG DECLINE
IN CANADIAN ANGLICAN MEMBERSHIP

Major Challenges Lie Ahead

Broadview,
November 4th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/wblxon7


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NEW SURVEY EXPLORES WHAT CANADIANS
THINK ABOUT FAITH IN POLITICS
Recent Angus Reid Poll

Broadview,
November 29th, 2019


https://tinyurl.com/thaw87f

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THE DALAI LAMA TEACHES A LESSON
ON RE-THINKING FAITH TRADITIONS
Buddhist Leader a Help to Us All

Religion News Service,
November 27th, 2019


https://tinyurl.com/tyt4cnk

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GUN USED TO KILL FOURTEEN WOMEN
IS STILL NOT BANNED IN CANADA
Anniversary of Horrendous Tragedy

CTV.ca Montreal
December 2nd, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/roba5kl

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SURGE OF NEW ABUSE CLAIMS
THREATENS CHURCH LIKE NEVER BEFORE
Growing Numbers Coming Forward

Religion News Service,
December 4th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/ukp8ge5

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WHAT TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT
CHRISTIAN DECLINE IN THE USA
Clarifying a Recent Pew Study

Christianity Today,
November 27th, 2019

https://tinyurl.com/us3mqx9

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WISDOM OF THE WEEK - December 8th, 2019

Provided by Sojourners and the Bruderhof online:

Ethics and equity and the principles of justice
do not change with the calendar.

- D. H. Lawrence

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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with
disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to
justice, peace, and brotherhood.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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White evangelicalism is nothing more than white 

supremacy masked as Christianity.  

- Bishop Talbert Swan

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Our last five minutes on earth are running out. We can 

spend those minutes in meanness, exclusivity, and self-
righteous disparagement of those who are different from 
us, or we can spend them consciously embracing every 
glowing soul who wanders within our reach – those who, 
without our caring,would find the vibrant, exhilarating 
path of life just another sad and forsaken road.

- Alice Walker

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A human being is a part of the whole – called by us 

Universe –a part limited in time and space. 

We experience our thoughts and feelings as something 
separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of 
our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for 
us, restricting us to our personal desires, and to affection 
for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free 
ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of
compassion to embrace all living creatures and the 
whole of nature in its beauty

- Albert Einstein .

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If only we try to live sincerely, it will go well with us, 

even though we are certain to experience real sorrow, 
and great disappointments, and will also probably commit 
great faults and do wrong things. But it certainly is true 
that it is better to be high-spirited – even though one 
makes more mistakes –than to be narrow-minded and 
all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein 
lies the true strength; and whosoever loves much performs 
much, and can accomplish much; and what is done in love, 
is well done.

- Vincent van Gogh

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We are all children of God, and his servants!…Do you think 

that he has no servants besides you, and that if you had 
devoted yourself to his service with your whole strength 
you could have done all that he needs – all that is needful 
for the establishment of his kingdom?

You say you would do twice, ten times, a hundred times, 

more than you did. But if you did ten thousand times ten 
thousand more than all people have done, what would that 
have been in the work of God? A mere nothing! God’s work, 
like himself, is infinite. God’s work is you. Come to him, and 
be not a laborer but a child, and you will become a partner 
of the infinite God and of his world.

- Leo Tolstoy

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CLOSING THOUGHT- - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath
the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.

(end)


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder: it has been passed on to our church in our Sunday bulletin, as a request to pray for those who are not at peace with the season of Christmas, but see at as a time to be endured.

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