Monday Musings, November 14, 2022

Siblings in Christ–

Grace and peace to you this Monday morning. Nick and I had a wonderful time in Boston. My first time to that city and my US history bank had deposits made.

Looking at the rest of the year and into next, here is some information on Musings. The schedule for November and December–when you will receive these nuggets in your inbox–is:

November 14 (today!), November 20, December 4

In the new year, changes are coming for this collection of odds and ends. And if you are interested in helping think about and plan for a different formatting, I would love to hear from you! Please send me an email at score@preswesres.org.

This week’s Musings has a bit of everything–some related to the recent election and others that just made my heart feel good. I for one needed the “feel good” stories.

Here’s the list for the week:

  1. Christmas Day Reader’s Theatre
  2. The Benefits of Gratitude
  3. Homecoming Handoff
  4. Waiting for God at Doug Mastriano’s Election Night Watch Party
  5. How Political Engagement Can Go Wrong for People of Faith
  6. Tradition and Disruption: Apocalypse, not Dogma, is Christianity’s Grounds for Hope
  7. Do You Know These People? (Every Church Should)
  8. An Invitation to Learn about Grassroots Organizing
  9. Amy Grant, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and the Kennedy Center Honors
  10. This Picture Hits Home
  11. Tiny Electric Cars in Childens’ Hospitals
  12. 2022 Inductees National Toy Hall of Fame

  1. Christmas Day Reader’s Theatre: Yes, Christmas is on a Sunday this year. Perhaps this resource will help.
  2. The Benefits of Gratitude: In this season of Thanksgiving and Fall Stewardship, it is good to be reminded of the power of gratitude.
  3. Homecoming Handoff: The power of inclusion is palpable. This is a witness to kindness and graciousness. Watch the video.
  4. Waiting for God at Doug Mastriano’s Election Night Watch Party: There are many things I could say about this–and not many of them would be fit to print. What I will say is that for me prayer is a means by which I open myself for God’s leading. Prayer is not about what I want God to do.
  5. How Political Engagement Can Go Wrong for People of Faith: Richard Mouw, President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary offers insights to the “why” of Evangelical Christians public display in politics. Fascinating.
  6. Tradition and Disruption: Apocalypse, not Dogma, is Christianity’s Grounds for Hope: Be forewarned–this is a “longish” and fascinating read on the importance of the “soon to be coming final advent of Christ” for the early church.
  7. Do You Know These People? (Every Church Should): Jan Edmiston introduces us to Sandra Plantz, the homeless liaison for school kids in Gallia County, OH. Who is this person in your community’s school system?
  8. An Invitation to Learn about Grassroots Organizing: On Wednesday, November 16, the Presbyterian Hunger Program will be hosting a webinar on Congregation-Based Community Organizing. The leader is a senior organizer for WIN (Washington Interfaith Network) and an organization I had the good fortune to work with while in Arlington. For those of you who are members of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), this will probably sound familiar. I am convinced that community organizing is one way faith communities can become better connected to their neighborhoods. Learn more and register here.
  9. Amy Grant, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and the Kennedy Center Honors: My introduction to Amy Grant was her Christmas Album–I still like it. This article charts the history of CCM in light of Grant’s Kennedy Center Honor. There’s more to it than I was aware of.
  10. This Picture Hits Home: Michael McGuire had a 30 minute drive from work to be with his son at a UK Blue-White Scrimmage. The picture taken went viral.
  11. Tiny Electric Cars in Childens’ Hospitals: Shogo is the name and it’s one way to make hospital stays a bit more bearable. Have a tissue ready.
  12. 2022 Inductees National Toy Hall of Fame: I didn’t even realize there was a Toy Hall of Fame. And one of my childhood favorites was a 2022 inductee–”Lite-Brite, making things with light. Lite-Brite, making things with Lite-Brite.” Everybody sing!
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