In the past year, I have visited with our global mission partners in the Middle East, in Colombia, and throughout Europe. In every setting one theme emerges: the United Church of Christ remains passionately dedicated to living out of a strong commitment to gospel justice. Continue reading Accompanying on the Journey to Justice
I have always been proud of my accumulation of years as they come and go and before another issue is published I will have reached another milestone–the big 9-0! The farthest any one of my immediate maternal family has ever gone.
As the years accumulated, however, my sister–who was older than I, always bitterly resented my boasting of my age as she was older and always preferred more age anonymity. Another reason now is, I don’t have to tell people, they can see!” Continue reading Conjugating the tenses of life . . .
The entire Roanoke Valley was engulfed in the Light of Unity as area Baha’is united in celebration of the Bicentenary (200th) anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith. He was born into royalty in 1817 in Iran (Persia) but gave up wealth and possessions to bring God’s Message for today to the world-–through unimaginable persecution and hardship. Continue reading The All-engulfing Light of Unity . . .
In the Caribbean people look up and see God in the winds. They sense God’s overwhelming presence in the nature that shelters them, and in its contours and limitations, becomes a dominant force that creates, destroys, and transforms. As human beings, we confess our limitations by understanding God´s mysterious work and recognizing that God’s wonders are incomprehensible to our humanly limited gaze. It is within this powerful dialectic of destruction/creation/transformation that the notion of mission in the Caribbean can be understood and our process for accompanying our partners and their countries into a path of justice and fullness of life can be undertaken. Continue reading Deep into the Eye of the Hurricane in the Caribbean
Both youth and Spring have an innocent beauty, each being totally unaware and subsequently often unprepared for what lies ahead. Summer, like young adulthood, offers the bounty of new challenges and new-found freedoms not commonly associated with any other season, yet the handling of each can greatly affect the remainder of the year–or years of life. Continue reading Appreciating life’s seasons . . .
by Pearl Fu
My busy, busy schedule just made the “time fly by like a swift arrow” (old Chinese saying).
Tis only a few weeks before Thanksgiving, which is not just a day for feasting and fun. We need to take time-off from our fast-paced lives to remember all the blessings we have received and to thank and feel grateful for them. We need to do our best to help others, and pay back our community with some caring and loving deeds. Continue reading Finding Happiness & Gratitude