Special Edition Announcements! 6 - count 'em - 6 important announcements
Special Edition Announcements!
Announcement #1: From Faithful America:
Today at 8 p.m. EDT: Christian Leaders Discuss the Threat of Christian Nationalism
That's why, tonight (Wednesday 10/12) at 8 p.m. EDT (5 p.m. PDT), Faithful America is setting the record straight with a webinar featuring four national Christian leaders called, "The Threat of Christian Nationalism: Where it is coming from and how it is used."
Register to attend tonight's Zoom webinar now >>
The webinar will feature historian and "How to Fight Racism" author Jemar Tisby, the Rev. Nathan Empsall of Faithful America, the Rev. Jen Butler of Faith in Public Life, and the Rev. Adam Russell Taylor of Sojourners.
Register here to learn more about Christian nationalism -- and the growing Christian movement to resist it -- from four national Christian leaders today at 8 p.m. EDT >>
Thank you for everything you do to love your neighbor and reclaim the Gospel from the hateful, anti-democracy forces of Christian nationalism.
P.S. If you haven't had the chance yet, be sure to check out the full list of False Prophets like Tony Perkins at our new website today -- and if you can, consider chipping in to keep building this Christian counter-movement against Christian nationalism.
Announcement #2 from Just Faith:
Thursday, October 13 • 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
JustFaith Ministries staff members will provide a meeting for anyone interested in learning about our Want to Talk? Communication Tools for Divided Times program (available in both a Christian and more broadly spiritual version). The meeting will include tips about starting groups in your church, organization, or area; general information about the programs; and a short experiential introduction to the program.
Announcment #3: Diarmuid O'Murchu to visit and speak. Invite Everyone! In person and on Zoom
Announcement #4: From Future Church
It is such a joy to learn more about synodality! We are in our infancy as we learn how to unfold this new way of being church is a feeling most of us share. We can look to religious congregations as a model for authentic synodality, but implementing it in a church that is both diverse culturally and polarized politically presents great challenges, as well as, enormous opportunities as we begin to advance and shape the kind of governance and ministerial structures our Vatican II hearts have longed to see.
Resources including a video can be found here:
These resources are also terrific:
A Non traditional Blessing by Ruth Fox, OSB (Closing prayer)
Sr. Donna Ciangio’s Presentation
FC Powerpoint Presentation for Synodality Study Session 1 – Chapters 1 – 4
Response of participants to Study Session 1
Discernment (book recommended by Sr. Donna) by Ladislas Orsy
Announcement #5: Portraits of Christ course on video
BIBLE STUDY & LECTURE SERIES with Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD
A PRE-RECORDED SELF-PACED ONLINE COURSE FROM SPRING 2022
Use this link to receive more information and sign up:
This is the edited and recorded video course and materials for the Spring 2022 Portraits of Christ course.
Imagine viewing a museum exhibition of hundreds of portraits of Christ down through the ages. Jesus is depicted variously as a humble shepherd, a Byzantine Emperor, or even a slain Lamb. Although Jesus was, in fact, none of these in any historical sense, each of the museum portraits would nevertheless communicate something truthful about his identity as the "Good Shepherd," "Christ the King," or the "Lamb of God." What then, if we were to read the four gospels much like these portraits, each consisting of unique "literary brushstrokes" that communicate something truthful about Jesus even if, at times, at the expense of historical detail? Were Jesus' last words from the Cross, "My God, why have you forsaken me!" as Mark and Matthew tell us? Or did he cry out, "Into your hands I commend my spirit!" as Luke indicates. It could not have been both. When we misread the gospels as objective history, these discrepancies become unnecessarily problematic. But when we interpret them as literary portraits of Christ -- history told through the theological lens of each Evangelist -- apparent contradictions are appreciated as artistic 'brushstrokes' intended to reveal the deepest truths about Jesus of Nazareth which history alone could never convey. This first series of classes begins a rich, meditative, and intellectually stimulating exploration of the four gospels and the tools that help us to interpret them in ways that ground the life and practice of contemplative Christians today.
Announcement #6: From Dan Lambert to Ukraine with Love and Solidarity
I received this today from Denys Andruschenko, President of Cherkasy (Ukraine) Centre Rotary. It brought tears to my eyes. Open this link
It is a longish explanation of the origin of the song Carol of the Bells arranged in 1916 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych and called Shchedryk (The Little Swallow) in Ukrainian. The composer was murdered by the Russians in 1921 when Ukraine was attempting to declare its independence from Bolshevist Russia. This is the 100th anniversary of the premier of it in the USA.
Near the end there are eight embedded videos of Carol of the Bells being played by a variety of choirs:
This 2021 version by the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants was particularly moving to me. https://youtu.be/O39vQhwY8wo
This one is on a mountaintop on Azerbaijani national Instruments https://youtu.be/xYezVtjB4Zw
One for the kids in all of us https://youtu.be/dg1eMpFfexk
Pentatonix 2016 https://youtu.be/WSUFzC6_fp8
And from the NBA https://youtu.be/isPm79xTzM4
That's all for now --