Volume 8: Issue 1
Table Of Contents
The Flavor of Peace
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
The peace we seek today will never last because there is no flavor to
it. We have lost our saltiness where peace is concerned. Jesus said that
unless we have salt in ourselves we will never be at peace with one another.
Without that flavor, any peace we may achieve in this world will be fleeting.
Let it Begin with Me
--By: John H. Campbell
I feel that fostering a climate of peace does not require attending protests
of war, of writing a thousand letters to the government, nor anything
else drastic or on a grand scale. No, I would like to propose that it
starts with the individual; in developing a sense of inner peace, of oneness
with God, in peaceful dealings with one another, and clearing out conflict
which creates the opposite of peace.
Asleep in the Perils of Life
--By: Steve Pearson
are so at peace with God's love for us that we can sleep through the most
dangerous of situations. It is more than mere resignation, the attitude
that we might as well sleep because there is nothing we can do about the
situation. No, the proper attitude rests easy in the promises of God,
that even though we walk through fire, we shall not get burned.
Shalom, Do Not Be Afraid
--By: Tom Yeshua
When Jesus gives us "peace," what he means is "shalom." Shalom is not
simply Hebrew for "peace," it is a wish, a hope, for wholeness, completeness.
To wish someone shalom is to hope that nothing is ever lacking in their
life, that all they need to be human will be theirs. Shalom can only truly
be found in Jesus, in him in whom there is nothing lacking.
A Table Spread
--By: Rev. Vera Bourne
Our hunger for an infilling of the Spirit goes unsatisfied for
we are too fragmented by the barriers erected by those who would separate
us from God's love. And it is in this vacuum left by the collapse of community
that our fears and uncertainties breed and grow to enormous proportions.
In our pain and confusion we seek answers and assistance for life's journey
from a variety of inappropriate sources, to no avail.
Protesting Oppression Within and Without
--By: Darrell Grizzle
to see the interconnectedness of all the varied activist groups who work
on issues of peace, gay rights, racism, environmentalism, and human rights.
Although we may have different "causes," we should all work together since
we're all working for the same goal: an end to oppression and "the domination
system" in all its many forms.
Peace Through Pride
--By: Rev. Tessie Mandeville
I believe gay and lesbian pride has a lot to do with peace and the
truth of the matter is that this theme of peace was chosen while the United
States waged war against Iraq for the second time in twelve years. I'm
sure at that time everyone felt the theme was appropriate and now it seems
that since the war was waged and quickly won, we now need to move on to
other things besides peace. After all, aren't we all experiencing peace
since the war has ended?
Peace: Dreaming an Impossible Dream?
--By: Raymont Anderson
we are not at peace with our neighbors - first and foremost - is we
lack peace within ourselves. We focus more on the dissimilar than the
similar. We focus more on what's wrong with others as a way to keep
us on top.
Why I Lit a Peace Candle
--By: Miles Christian Daniels
While standing silently at that vigil, I also thought about how my life
has changed in these brief years since America's first war in Iraq. How
only a few years ago, I would have been on the other side of the street
waiving our flag, holding high my sign proclaiming Saddam Hussein as a
devil, and shouting at those who were not being patriotic.
--By: Maria Söderström
I really wish that I could always have peace in my heart,
in my soul, no matter what is happening. But it is not the case, not for
me. I have suffered with depression for many years now. I have asked God
many times: "Take it away." But it is there still.
Deep and Hard
--By: Ko Imani
Study after recent study tells us that millions of people all around the
world hate our country for any one of a number of reasons, and I myself
have joined millions of people in the streets protesting the direction
our nation is taking. At the same time, in the end, despite my own anger
and trepidation about our nation's current leadership and their choices,
I'm forced to admit that I still consider myself a patriot because I believe
that our country's values still present the U.S.A. with the chance for
The Dawn of a New Beginning
--By: Courtney Maki
word had come from the Vatican that the end of the world was to happen
tonight at midnight. Priests and pastors alike had confirmed what the
Vatican was reporting. It appeared that pandemonium had hit the streets
of New York. I flipped to a local station here in Wisconsin, and saw a
similar scene. People were running through downtown, carrying rosary beads,
and wearing the cross around their neck. I recognized one of the newscasters
and listened intently. Prepare for the coming of judgment day, the day
of the Lord is near.
Why Hate Hurts
--By: Rembert Truluck
What can you do to make a difference in this hostile, hate-based world?
You can begin by accepting and loving yourself!
Bishop-elect Robinson shares his spiritual journey and vision
for the church
--Episcopal News Service Exclusive By: Jan Nunley
I want to say that I really do care about what they [bishops of the Anglican
Communion] think and feel. It's been a big part of my prayer life about
whether I should do this. There are those who would say that I'm doing
this to the church or that New Hampshire is doing this to the church.
It's not my goal to do anything to hurt this church, either locally or
Mixed reaction to New Hampshire bishop election
-- By: Jan Nunley and James E. Solheim
Reaction to the June 7 election of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson,
an openly gay priest who is living in a committed relationship, as the
ninth bishop of New Hampshire has ranged from joy to outrage. Yet all
parties have one thing in common--concern for how the election is handled
at this summer's General Convention in Minneapolis.
to the report from the Southern Baptist Convention's Task Force on Ministry
-- By: Soulforce Press Release
To the Southern Baptists leaders, evangelism means conversion to their
way of thinking, believing, and being. In this case, they are calling
for homosexuals to become heterosexuals, much in the same way they were
calling for Jews to become Christian.
The Fighting Methodists and the Political Right
-- By: Andrew Weaver and Stephen Swecker
A new book spells out the fierce conflict shaping up in the nation's
second largest denomination (The United Methodist Church) between the
political left and right. A battle cry to church moderates and
liberals to take up the fight or lose their church and maybe their
Letters To The Editor
Quality TG-Fiction Web Site Launches
-- By: Caroline Mason
Own Stories, an online, literary magazine featuring short stories,
and essays on transsexual themes has been launched, according to Terry
M., editor-in-chief of the new e-zine.
From the Pulpit:
Ah! The Power of Prayer:
Part Two -- "Will It Go Round in Circles?"
--By: Rev. Brad Wishon
Prayer is not something that happens when we are only on our knees. There
have been moments of prayer where I have been sitting with someone in
a restaurant talking and it was a greater moment of prayer, than anytime
I have ever been in a church. Prayer is occurring each time we make deep
connection with who we are, with God, with other people. Every time that
we look beyond the facades and pretences and see who people really are,
there is prayer. Every time we know ourselves more honestly, there is
Serving From a Prison Cell
--By: Gary Simpson
God does not hurt people or injure people so they can do wonderful things
to serve Him and to touch humanity. That is not the kind of God we serve
and love. But the Lord steps into the circumstances of our lives and into
the very rough places, places that seem very much like prison cells to
us and gives us the strength, the power and the courage to serve. Then
He reaches out through us, to touch lives, to change the world, to make
the world a better place in which to live.
Bible Study and Inspiration:
--By: Caroline Mason
Sometimes we wonder why the flames of trial assail us. Well, the great
shield-maker is simply giving us a defense against the fires of destruction
by letting us pass through his fire of purification. When you hold up
that shield, there is no missile of Satan that can harm your soul.
I am Not a Zombie
--By: Stacy Reynolds
If I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and then did not try to
live a life without sin then I have turned myself into a zombie. I am
walking around with some stinky grave clothes, not really aware of what
I am doing or where I am going.
The First E-mail Of Paul To The Romans
A Rich Man Goes to Heaven
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