Monday Musings, August 29, 2022

Siblings in Christ: Grace and peace to you this Monday morning. I am finding it hard to believe that it is almost September! I hope you have found times of rest and renewal over the summer months. As new opportunities for ministry and justice start up this fall, may God give you energy, intelligence, imagination and love for your witness and living.

Here’s the list for the week:

  1. Contemplative Prayer Practice
  2. Dougbe River Gala
  3. Religion After Roe
  4. Remembering Frederick Buechner (1)
  5. Remembering Frederick Buechner (2)
  6. What the Bible Says about Loan Forgiveness
  7. Forgive Us Our Debts
  8. The Bible and the Diary of Anne Frank Pulled from a TX Public School District
  9. Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity Looking Toward the Future
  10. Stephen Colbert Gets Real
  11. “Tammy Faye” is now an Elton John Musical
  12. “A Christmas Story” Sequel
  1. Contemplative Prayer Practice: Moderator Matt Reeves invites us to talks being given by Fr. Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Fr. Freeman will be in Cleveland October 9 – 12 for a retreat and talks on how contemplative prayer can make a difference in our work, ministry and stressed and fractured world. He will be offering three talks on October 12, two of which will be at Church of the Covenant.Authentic Leadership: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.Spirituality in a Secular Age: Church of the Covenant, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Unified Consciousness: Church of the Covenant, 6:00 p.m.
  2. Dougbe River Gala: Mark your calendars! Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5 – 8 p.m. we gather at St. Noel Banquet Center to support this life changing school. Get your tickets here.
  3. Religion After Roe: The Theological and Religious Studies department at John Carroll is sponsoring a conversation with scholars from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions. How do their traditions understand abortion and how do we live as people of faith in a diverse and pluralistic society? Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. I’m going.
  4. Remembering Frederick Buechner (1): I’ve not done a search in my Google Sermon folder and if I did, I am sure Frederick Buechner’s name would appear more than once! I had the great honor of meeting him while in Brevard, NC. He was unassuming and most interested in our ministry context and what was most challenging and rewarding. His willingness to share his gift of words was a great blessing. Here’s one remembrance from PMA.
  5. Remembering Frederick Buechner (2): And here is another one–giving thanks for his storytelling.
  6. What the Bible Says About Loan Forgiveness: With President Biden’s announcement that student loans will be forgiven, Christian professing people have been offering their views. Here the Religion News Service does a semi-deep dive into what the Bible has to say about forgiving loans.
  7. Forgive Us Our Debts…: My friend Jan Edmiston offers some good words on the loan forgiveness. On a personal note, I was paying off seminary debt the first seven years of my ministry.
  8. The Bible and the Diary of Anne Frank Pulled from a TX Public School District: The School Board did not say why these two were removed except that parents objected to them. The list of more than 40 books linked in the article is an interesting assortment.
  9. Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens: A Landscape of Diversity Looking Toward the Future: The Cultural Gardens are one of my favorite parts of Cleveland. Yesterday was the One World Celebration there. As this article notes, ten additional gardens will soon be added. If you haven’t been in a while, treat yourself–such a place of beauty.
  10. Stephen Colbert Gets Real: I do enjoy Stephen Colbert. I like his humor and the fact he doesn’t shy away from conversations about faith.
  11. “Tammy Faye” is now an Elton John Musical: Not sure what to say about this except Oh. My. God. I so want to see it!
  12. “A Christmas Story” Sequel: Surely we will have a Presbytery watch party?! I do hope the lamp is still around.

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