Matthew Fox: Some Practices to Prepare for Facing Evil

Good thoughts for right now.

Blessings,

Dan Gleckler


We continue our meditations on Evil and Hatred. To go deeper, to face these realities, we must become stronger. How do we do that?

Just as one does not go into a mine without a lantern, so too, one does not take on Evil without preparation, inner preparation. It is necessary to bring a lantern into the darkness that Evil and its shadow spread. Here are some practices to consider.

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Women Mystics in the Christian Tradition

Are you longing for a deeper spiritual path? Looking for a framework for understanding mystical experiences of women? Or just wanting to learn a little of the history and theology of mystical faith? This two-week course on Women Mystics in the Christian Tradition should help you with all of that.

We’ll start by looking at the definition, scriptural foundation, and history of mysticism through the lens of women mystics in various eras, then we’ll explore several women mystics and their writings more deeply. Finally, we’ll discuss how (or if) the faith of these women can inform our spiritual lives today.

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Paul Seay: What do we mean by unity?

It was the beginning of a new school year with a new roommate. We were dividing up the dorm. This will be my closet. That’s your dresser. Do you mind if I use that desk? Good fences make good neighbors and all that. I already had milk and orange juice in the refrigerator, and I told him he could help himself. Why don’t we just share. I bought it this time. You get it next time. We each take what we need. No, he said. I’d worry that it might come out uneven. I’ll get my own. I don’t want to end up owing you money for milk.

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COVID update for churches

For prayerful consideration.

Dan Gleckler


May 20, 2022 | “Transformed Lives Transform Lives”

Last week our country faced a particularly sobering moment when the number of CoVID-19-related deaths in the United States reached one million. Globally, the number of deaths is estimated at 15 million. The grief that persists among the unknown number of people impacted by the loss of these many millions of individuals is unimaginable.

To assist local churches in their on-going efforts to prioritize life and people’s well-being, the BWC’s Ella P. Curry, PhD, MTS, RN, offers these important updates:

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UM News Daily Digest

The past two days’ “Daily Digest” have had articles on the UM’s stand on abortion, and the World Council of Churches’ quandary about the Russian Orthodox bishop’s support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
These are worth reading to keep ourselves informed in our prayers.
Dan Gleckler
Religion News Service
Will the World Council of Churches expel Kirill?

PASADENA, Calif. — The World Council of Churches faces questions about the membership of the Russian Orthodox Church after Patriarch Kirill gave his blessing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jack Jenkins interviewed United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, a member of WCC’s executive committee, about the situation.
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UM News Daily Digest: May 3, 2022

Check out the articles 1) on the guy retiring from a Methodist Foundation in Texas, and 2) the guy released from prison after 25 years …. both inspiring nudges to us @ Bethesda…. I wonder how?….
Pray about it.
Dan Gleckler
Influencing from the edge

HONEY GROVE, Texas (UM News) — Tom Locke will soon retire as president of the Texas Methodist Foundation and Wesleyan Investive, the former United Methodist Development Fund. Locke, 70, has led TMF for nearly 30 years, a period of tremendous growth in assets that also included a new focus on fostering innovative leadership in The United Methodist Church. In a Q&A with Sam Hodges, Locke reflects on his career, talks about United Methodist foundations as important “edge organizations” and shares what’s next for him.
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Ministry helps with new direction after prison
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. — After 25 years in prison, a kind-faced man called “Unk” was at a loss upon his release. He says the ministry Turn90 helped him turn his life around. Stuart Andrews, a United Methodist and Turn90 board member, calls the ministry the best of Christianity. Jessica Brodie has the story.
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The Root of Violence

May this lovely reflection on motherhood and the feminine help us honor next Sunday’s purpose

Blessings,

Dan Gleckler

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

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The Root of Violence

In a conference with Trappist monk Thomas Keating, Father Richard Rohr considered how contemplation is an antidote to violence:

The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, and from being one with everyone and everything. When we don’t know we are connected, we will invariably resort to some form of violence to get the dignity and power we lack. Contemplation of the gospel message gradually trains us not to make so much of differences, but to return to who we are—our True Selves in God—which is always beyond any nationality, religion, skin color, gender, sexuality, or any other possible labels. In fact, we finally can see that those are always and only commercial labels, covering the rich product underneath.

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UM News Daily Digest for Apr 25, 2022

Good articles on prayer, on having people come to services only once,  breaking the color boundary, and other interesting topics … read on.
Dan Gleckler

Richard Rohr Daily Meditation: Real Presence

In his book The Universal Christ, Father Richard shares that he wrote this teaching on the Eucharist on Easter Sunday 2017 with “great joy”:

When Jesus spoke the words “This is my Body,” I believe he was speaking not just about the bread right in front of him, but about the whole universe, about every thing that is physical, material, and yet also spirit-filled.

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