Volume 9: Issue 3
Table Of Contents
Story: Everyday Spirituality:
Realizing the Presence
--By: Candace Chellew-Hodge
God's presence is everywhere and in every experience
of our lives simply waiting to be realized. Realizing that presence
is a difficult habit to establish, but it is one we must work to acquire
so that even our dullest moments are transformed into moments of awe
"Seize the Day"
--By: Lori Heine
Although the slogan, "seize the day," is generally regarded as hedonistic
(and therefore too decadent to be "morally Christian"), when it comes to our spiritual
lives, it's actually very sound advice.
--By: Sheila K. Smith
The word everyday connotes essential. Something that is essential is
something that is necessary. Believe it or not, spirituality is a basic
--By: John H. Campbell
My personal theory is that when one cannot see God in a given situation or place, it could be that either they are not looking for God, not open to God's Presence there, or perhaps even trying to look too closely. Even in bad situations, God can be found; God is there whether we feel that way or not. It is our choice to acknowledge and allow ourselves to feel that love to comfort us and see us through those difficult times, or to succumb to fear and struggle, or attempt in vain to substitute other things for God.
Saving the World - Everyday
--By: Steve Pearson
It is everyday
that we, as Christians, save the world. In fact, that is our whole purpose
and power as Christians; it is the very thing for which God has called and
empowered us. We do it simply by virtue of following Christ.
--By: Bro. Frank K. Clark
We, as Christians, could learn a valuable lesson from golfers.
How to Respond to Homophobic People
No matter how far we seem to come as a society, there are always those minds who just refuse to open.
The following guide is meant to help you deal better when you encounter such people.
The Pharisee and the Windsor Report
--By: Katie Sherrod
The Pharisee would have been comfortable on the Lambeth Commission.
He is apparently the ideal they want to hold up to us all - the person
who follows all the rules and who has no flexibility in his or her approach
to life or to the lives of others.
A Gay Male Carol
--By: Louie Crew
queans of Christendom are
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
lay and clergy, collared and mitred,
following yonder star.
The Cost of Discipleship
--By: Rev. Susan Russell
It is impossible for me to consider these texts - consider the cost
of discipleship - and not be aware of the price being paid today by 21st
century disciples following where they believe Jesus has called them to
This Graced Life: Parenthood
--By: Ted Mason
Our biggest test came when two of our sons declared themselves to be
gay. We had no experience of homosexuality, didn't understand it and really
didn't want to know. Because we love our sons very much, we embarked on
the steepest learning curve of our lives.
The Christian Walk
--By: Michael Hinzman
As a gay Christian we are faced with more than our fair share of battles.
The gay community wonders if we have been psychologically damaged by the
straight Christians. The straight Christians think we are on a fast track
to hell. It is a road that takes a brave soul to walk day in and day out.
Will the Fundamentalists Win?
A Question Revisited
--By: Dr. C. Welton Gaddy
In 1922, Harry Emerson Fosdick declared, "I do not believe for one moment
that the Fundamentalists are going to succeed." Yet, fundamentalism seems
more alive and sick today than it was when Fosdick spoke 82 years ago.
Will fundamentalism win?
Just for Today - A Christmas Wish
--By: Rev. Vera Bourne
Perhaps each of us could choose this year, in this season, to take
responsibility for the commission Christ has given us, to love with as
much abandonment of self as does God.
The Natural Order of Creation
--By: Elisabeth Anne Kellogg
have all heard the fundamentalist sound-bite, "It was 'Adam and Eve,' not
'Adam and Steve.'" This saying is shorthand for identifying that the speaker
is a believer in the doctrine of the Natural Order of Creation. Just what
is this doctrine, and does it have any applicability today?
Bishop Robinson: Beyond Activism to Reconciliation
--By: Darrell Grizzle
Bishop Robinson addressed the controversy head-on in his keynote address,
emphasizing the work of reconciliation to which all of us are called as
Christians. "To be Christian is to do the work of Christ, reconciling
the world," he said (2 Corinthians 5:19).
Which Way Home?
And so here we are about to celebrate Jesus' birth and we are still
at the crossroads. What do we do with this babe in the manger? Is He the
Messiah? Is He a lunatic? Or is He one of many great teachers the world
has known throughout the ages? What do we do with this historical, living,
breathing man of God who claimed to be mankind's one and only Savior?
Church Within a Church Movement Sets Course
concluding that the legislation pertaining to Gay and Lesbian persons
constituted a hostile stranglehold of legalism never before seen in
the UMC, and acknowledging the need to more forthrightly continue
the fight against racism, Church Within a Church decided to press
forward in its Christian mission with a four-pronged strategy.
Pennsylvania Lesbian Pastor to Face
--By: Press Release
sharing publicly that she is a lesbian in a covenant relationship
with a partner, The Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud will face a United
Methodist church trial beginning on December 1, 2004.
Letters To The Editor
Marriage and the Patriarchy
-- By: Rev.
Elder Nori J. Rost
In this paper I will address the Judeo-Christian historical contours
of marriage and how those foundational patriarchal beliefs about marriage
still shape public and social policy regarding marriage entitlements,
explore the unconscious reasons that conservative politicians and religious
leaders oppose same sex marriage, and finally, seek to answer the unasked
question with a different ethic that, in the words of Dr. Mary Hunt spoken
to a summer school class in July, 2004, seeks relational equality for
all rather than legal privilege for a few.
Major Same-Sex Marriage Victory In Canada
-- By: MCC Press Release
Scotia has became the 6th Canadian province to grant same-sex marriage rights
to LGBT couples.
An Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality
-- By: The Religious Institute
In our nation, families take many forms. All families should be supported
in building stable, empowering, and respectful relationships. Marriage
equality is a means to strengthen families and is especially beneficial
to children raised by same-sex couples.
From the Pulpit:
Will You Rejoice?
We've all had our prodigal moments, where we have been found and celebrated,
and we've all had our moments where we've refused to join the celebration
of others who have been found. Jesus tells us a cautionary tale -
one that reminds us to extend the welcome to anyone who seeks it,
no matter what our opinion of them may be.
Dropkick Me, Jesus
--By: Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge
Perhaps we should take this halftime break to review our game plan.
Now, at the risk of sounding like a preacher - let me paraphrase that
great coach, Paul of Tarsus.
Bible Study and Inspiration:
Lepers, Loons and Losers
Part 7: Zacchaeus
--By: Tom Yeshua
From time to time we all get lost, we all wander into places and occasions
we should stay away from. Jesus understands this all too well; it does
not surprise him in the least. That is why, possibly, he invited himself
to Zacchaeus' house.
Cloud of Witnesses
--By: Eric Bicknell
It can be an amazing thing to look back and remember the self-sacrificing
service that people have given, with no thought to their own gain,
for the service of God. It is this kind of people we can look at and
say that they are a part of our own 'cloud of witnesses.'
The Price of a Baseball and a Baseball Glove
Jesus Sees You!