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Vol. VI. No. 38 ***** Wayne A. Holst, Editor ***** Colleagues List Blog: http://colleagueslist.blogspot.com/ My E-Mail Address: email@example.com ***** CANADA DAY WEEKEND EDITION In This Issue - Special Item This Week: Book Notice - "Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile" by Irshad Manji ___ Colleague Contributions: Miroslav Volf Jim Taylor Doug Koop __ Net Notes: Pope Enters Twitter Age When Our Best Efforts Fail Ecumenical Rules for Evangelism St. Paul Fresco Found in Catacomb Woman Sues Opus Dei for Brainwashing Interview with Sister Joan Chittister Cardinal - No Obstacle to Female Priests Matthew Fox - Speaking the Truth in Love Truth and Reconciliation Website Launched ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Twelve ENI Geneva stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Bernard of Clairvaux Gloria Steinem Ched Myers ___ On This Day: June 25, 1876 - Custer wiped out by Natives June 26, 1963 - Kennedy: "Ich bin ein Berliner" June 27, 1950 - Truman brings US into Korean War June 28, 1919 - Treaty of Versailles ends WWI June 30, 1997 - British rule ends in Hong Kong ___ Closing Thought - Dietrich Bonhoeffer (end) ***** Dear Friends: This is the last issue of Volume VI of my religion and culture blog called Colleagues List. Thus far, I have produced 284 issues in seven years. For the last four years (new numbering system) my format has remained much the same and I have averaged a total of 41 issues per annum. I am still going strong, mainly because of the support and encouragement I get from you my readers. The next issue in my bi-weekly summer schedule will be dated July 9th, and Colleagues List will appear every two weeks during July and August. --- My special item today is a book notice on Irshad Manji's latest: "Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile" I had hoped to hear her speak in Calgary Wednesday evening, but she had to cancel her visit due to illness. ___ Colleague Contributions: Miroslav Volf - writes a new book on how people of faith can serve the common good. Jim Taylor - describes human values, and how difficult they are to truly isolate in ourselves and others. Doug Koop - struggles with many things as he encounters sexual and gender issues in our time. __ Net Notes: "Pope Enters Twitter Age" - while he is a traditionalist in many ways, Benedict demonstrates great interest in modern methods of communication (The Guardian, UK) "When Our Best Efforts Fail" - I recently reported on the Supreme Court ruling against four dissident congregations in the Anglican diocese of New Westminster BC. Today, I share a message from the website of one of those congregations - in the form of a sermon by its rector. (St. Matthew's, Abbotsford, BC) "Ecumenical Rules for Evangelism" - Ecumenical history was made this week after a joint announcement by Catholic, Evangelical and Mainstream Protestant churches of a common approach to evangelism in an interfaith world (ENI, Christianity Today) "St. Paul Fresco Found in Catacomb" - Long-lost works of art turn up often in Rome. This one, is the latest (The Telegraph, UK) "Woman Sues Opus Dei for Brainwashing - a French woman may be establishing a precedent with her recent law suit (AFP News Service) "Interview with Sister Joan Chittister" - a Catholic sister who knows how to speak truth to power is interviewed (Publishers Weekly) "Cardinal - No Obstacle to Female Priests" - a rather interesting statement by a Catholic cardinal cautioning, nevertheless against "undue haste" (Vatican Insider) "Matthew Fox - Speaking the Truth in Love" - more wisdom from the trenches from this American Episcopalian and former Catholic (Publishers Weekly) "Truth and Reconciliation Website Launched" - as this official inquiry continues to evolve, it will be possible to follow developments (Anglican Church of Canada) ___ Global Faith Potpourri: Through the services of Ecumenical News International, Geneva, a total of twelve stories appear this week. ___ Quotes of the Week: Bernard of Clairvaux, Gloria Steinem and Ched Myers provide food for thought through the services of Sojourners.online ___ On This Day: The following stories come to us from the archives of the New York Times and were written as events unfolded: Custer wiped out by Natives (1876) Kennedy: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (1963) Truman brings US into Korean War (1950) Treaty of Versailles ends WWI (1919) British rule ends in Hong Kong (1997) ___ Closing Thought - Dietrich Bonhoeffer shares his view on taking responsibility and Matthew Fox comments on the great German theologian's words. _____ To Canadians, I extend a Happy Canada Day To Americans, Happy Fourth of July, and To the rest of you - have a good summer! (except, of course, you Southerners) Wayne ************************ SPECIAL ST. DAVID'S LINKS Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (or)email@example.com St. David's Web Address -http://sduc.ca/ Listen to audio recordings of Sunday services - http://sduc.ca/services.htm ___ ST DAVID'S ACTS WEB PAGE Created and maintained by Colleague Jock McTavish http://stdavidscalgary.net/ NOTE: This page is being reconstructed. ***** STUDY ARCHIVES A collection of twenty-five+ studies conducted since 2000 can quickly be found at: http://bookstudies.stdavidscalgary.net/ This collection of study resources represents a decade of Monday Night Studies at St. David's, plus extra courses too! You are welcome to use our course outlines, class notes and resource pages in your personal and group reflections. ****************************************** SPECIAL ITEM Book Notice: ALLAH, LIBERTY AND LOVE The Courage to Reconcile, by Irshad Manji Random House Canada, $29.95 June 11th, 2011. 293 pages. ISBN #978-0-307-35808-0. Publisher's Promo: Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our time, Irshad Manji reflects on the journey she has taken since her previous book catapulted her into the public spotlight, drawing on her real- life encounters with a world full of seekers who are struggling, as she has, to reconcile faith and freedom. Having engaged with politicians, activists, families, students, scholars and ordinary people of various religions and cultures, Manji tells stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about the morally confused era in which we live. In doing so, she paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to defend the values of liberal democracy--and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love. Above all, Manji shows that by participating in this signature cause of the 21st century, individuals can embark on a journey of their own towards moral courage. Allah, Liberty & Love is ultimately a book about how to become a gutsy global citizen working for both personal and world peace. Manji has faith not just in Allah, but also in her fellow human beings. Prepare to be informed as well as inspired. --- Author's Words: Allah is the name for God - the universally shared God of liberty and love. Not exactly the perception that many people have of Allah, I realize. But as I'll strive to show, God loves me enough to give me choices and liberty to make them. In turn, I am to love God's other children enough to have faith in their ability to make choices. Love, then, obliges me to do two things at once; champion freedom for more than just myself and challenge power-mongers who steal choices from you and me. In these topsy-turvy times, the link between liberty and love has to be explored with clarity. As I'll show, my ebullient relationship with Allah helps me do that. - from the Author's Note --- An agnostic friend introduced me to the concept of "moral courage," a phrase I'd never heard. Robert F. Kennedy described moral courage as the willingness to speak truth to power within your community for the sake of the greater good. Moral courage allows each of us to tap our consciences, to replace conformity with individuality and to draw closer to the Source that created us by coming to know ourselves. It dawned on me how necessary moral courage is for anybody who wants to live with wholeness - integrity - whether within a religious tradition or outside of religion altogether... I threw myself into research about how previous movements for freedom had succeeded. Martin Luther King Jr. came alive for this Muslim girl, as did some of his teachers: the philosopher Socrates, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, the novelist Lillian Smith, who campaigned to reform a culture of "honour" in the U.S. South - the source of long-standing racial segregation. I also learned from Islam's Gandhi - Abdul Ghaffar Khan... I've learned to ask these questions - Why should I risk my reputation to tell the truth? How do I deal with community disapproval? What's God got to do with any of it? Muslims and non-Muslims need each other to widen the circle of the free. You too can live faithfully free - whatever your faith. Moral courage is urgently needed, and it starts with love. But to be truly courageous, love needs to be (joined) by thinking. I would like to share with you seven lessons for living with moral courage and hope that even more of you will join me... - from her Introduction "From Anger to Aspiration" --- Youtube: Irshad Manji at Berkeley (2005) http://tinyurl.com/4xnoonv --- My Comments: Irshad Manji is a Western Muslim. Her educational, religious and political values have been profoundly shaped in a North American ethos. She reads Socrates (of course medieval Muslims did too), theologian Reinhold Neibuhr, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Unlike many Muslims, for her the name "God" and "Allah" are interchangeable. Her Islamic faith shares many of the same values as liberal Christians. She is part of a new and growing generation of Muslims who have been raised in the West and are very much at home here. It was only a matter of time that people like Manji would emerge, and we who are spiritual but not Muslim can rejoice in that. Western Muslims are bridge-persons of sorts with those many millions of Muslims who harbour a great suspicion of the West and what it represents to them in today's world. The danger, of course, is that fellow- Muslims will reject her and her ideas as much as they may recoil at the rest of us. Manji realizes this, yet she is who she is. She continues to grow in her ability to relate to people of other faiths or no faith. She is quick to assimilate into her Muslim worldview much of what is advocated by western democratic liberals. Manji is passionate about her faith, but she opposes exclusivism and bigotry in all faiths. She stands as living proof - against the views and arguments of some new atheists and conservative Christians alike that Islam is a violent religion and that Muhammad was a terrorist. Her faith is a kinder, gentler version - and one that many of us would like to believe exists in Islam generally. --- As I read this book, I remain somewhat cautious about placing Manji and Islam on precisely the same page. Sometimes, in our efforts to reach out to others, we are not always totally authentic representatives of the faith we claim to represent. But who is an "authentic representative?" Perhaps she serves best as a kind of "bridge-person" - leading to a global future that will transcend East and West, Islam and Christianity. I hope so. I honour Irshad for her obvious bravery and determination. Also, I see in her the desire to grow and be continually shaped by her experience. She calls it the way she sees it, and you cannot hold that against her. I am proud that Irshad is a Canadian and a Muslim shaped in a North American ethos. My only reservation is that you read her as a harbinger of a better future, but not a full representative of mainstream Islam today, even in the West. --- Read a review of her book: "Just What is an Islamic Reformer?" Globe and Mail, June 25th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3sgn49e --- Visit the author's website: https://www.irshadmanji.com/ --- Buy the book from Amazon.ca: http://tinyurl.com/3punb23 ***** COLLEAGUE CONTRIBUTIONS MIROSLAV VOLF New Haven, CT New Book Announcement Publisher's Weekly Notice June 29th, 2011 A PUBLIC FAITH: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good Miroslav Volf. Brazos, $21.99 (192p) ISBN 978-1-58743-298-9 Religious perspectives properly belong in the public sphere, Volf (Exclusion and Embrace) argues, because religions often foster healthy social environments. While acknowledging that Christianity has been historically complicit in coercive conversion, Volf focuses on internal religious “malfunctions” that have allowed such unfaithfulness. When Christians lose sight of their faith’s prophetic edge, substitute idols for God, use faith as a “crutch,” or resort to violence, they corrupt their faith, Volf contends. Although writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, Volf cites scholars such as Mohammad al-Ghazali and Moses Maimonides to emphasize that individual and communal flourishing constitutes a defining concern of many religious traditions. Volf also engages antireligious arguments from thinkers such as Marx and Nietzsche. With a goal of generating hope for Christian communities in today’s pluralistic world, Volf encourages Christians to share and receive gifts of spiritual wisdom, to speak truth in their distinct religious voice, and to live generously with people of other faiths. This insightful exploration of how Christians may faithfully engage today’s political and pluralistic culture provides accessible, wise guidance for people of all faiths. (Available in August) ***** JIM TAYLOR Okanagan, BC Personal Web Log June 29th, 2011 "Deeper and Deeper Roots" Locating our true values http://tinyurl.com/44khkdj ***** DOUG KOOP Winnipeg, MB. Christianweek.org June 28th, 2011 "Confused, Conflicted and Christian" Difficult Modern Issues in Sexuality http://tinyurl.com/3zr6kz5 ***** NET NOTES VATICAN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE Pope Joins Twitter Generation The Guardian, UK June 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3wgqsf9 ***** WHEN OUR BEST EFFORTS FAIL Dr. Trevor Walters, rector St. Matthew's Anglican, Abbotsford, BC Sermon following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada - His congregation must exit building http://tinyurl.com/3p77daw ***** ECUMENICAL RULES FOR EVANGELISM Protestants and Catholics Cooperate Ecumenical News International Geneva, June 29th, 2011 Christian bodies agree on code of conduct for evangelizing Geneva (ENI news) - Three organizations, representing about 90 percent of world Christianity, launched on 28 June a global code of conduct for proselytizing in a bid to reduce tensions between different religious convictions. "Today represents an historic moment in our shared Christian witness. This is the first time that a document has been issued by the World Council of Churches (WCC) together with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Pontifical Council for the Interreligious Dialogue of the Holy See," said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. --- Cooperation in Mission from an Evangelical Protestant Perspective Christianity Today June 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/5s6wqyv ***** ST. PAUL FRESCO FOUND IN ANCIENT CATACOMB The Telegraph June 28th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3zch2lo ***** WOMAN SUES OPUS DEI FOR BRAINWASHING AFP June 26th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/66z75vo ***** PUBLISHERS WEEKLY INTERVIEW WITH JOAN CHITTISTER PublisherWeekly.Online June 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3mvqtzw ***** NO THEOLOGICAL OBSTACLES TO WOMEN PRIESTS SAYS CARDINAL But take it slow. Don't rush it Vatican Insider June 25th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3hq3439 ***** MATTHEW FOX: SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE "I don't need to look over my shoulder any more... Publishers Weekly June 29th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/6e7hs7z ***** TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEB SITE LAUNCHED Follow a very significant process of listening to the victims Anglican Journal June 28th, 2011 http://tinyurl.com/43gwl7e ***** NEW BOOK BY SPECIALIST IN CELTIC SPIRITUALITY "A New Harmony: The Spirit, the Earth, and the Human Soul," by John Philip Newell. Jossey-Bass, $19.95 US 224 pages. ISBN 978-0-470-55467-8. Newell (Christ of the Celts) has become the premier writer of Celtic spirituality since the untimely 2008 death of John O’Donohue. A poet, he has a natural lyric voice as he ranges over his subject and its main themes of creation and oneness. This is not new--indeed, it’s very old in Christianity, and it provides a sylvan break from contemporary debates over social issues, hell, and atheism. Newell’s is a loving vision. It nonetheless looks suffering "straight in the face," a phrase he borrows from writer Etty Hillesum, a Dutch Jew who perished in the Holocaust. He recognizes both balm for suffering and inevitable brokenness. His theology includes a provocative understanding of sin as “sundering,” a breaking apart of unity, citing both the word’s etymological root and the visionary priest Teilhard de Chardin. He is deeply dependent on the great psychologist Carl Jung and uses his own dreams as a means of understanding what God is saying, an approach that requires deep honesty. Newell will not be everyone’s draught, but those inclined to the unifying vision of Celtic spirituality will want to drink deeply of him. (Coming in July) ***** GLOBAL FAITH POTPOURRI Ecumenical News International News Highlights 24 June 2011 Chinese house church leaders attend rights defense seminar Hong Kong (ENI). Chinese house church leaders attended a training seminar from 14-16 June in Zhejiang, an eastern coastal province in China, to learn how to safeguard their legal rights. Participants included pastors and leaders from Beijing; six provinces, including Hebei and Shangdong; and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to a news release from the Texas-based organization ChinaAid, which sponsored the seminar. Attendees studied Article 36 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, which relates to freedom of religion. _____ Racism a topic of concern for church leaders at conference in Nicaragua Managua, Nicaragua (ENI). Church leaders from across the Americas and the Caribbean met yesterday on the first day of a conference to discuss the violence of racism and the challenges it poses for churches and ecumenical organizations, according to a news release from the Latin America and Caribbean Communication Agency. The conference is sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in partnership with the Latin America Council of Churches (CLAI), and brings together people working with Afro-descendent and indigenous communities across the region. _____ China vows to ordain bishops without Vatican's OK Beijing (ENI). In a move likely to aggravate tensions with the Vatican, China's state-run Catholic church announced on 23 June that it may soon ordain more than 40 bishops without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. According to the official Xinhua news agency, a spokesman for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Assoc. (CPCA) said the church "faces an urgent task" of choosing bishops for more than 40 dioceses, and planned to do so "without delay." ***** 28 June 2011 Orthodox churches still support ecumenism, theologian says Warsaw (ENI news) - Orthodox churches remain "fully committed" to ecumenical cooperation, despite recent disagreements with Protestants, according to a senior Orthodox theologian. "It may appear that some Orthodox churches aren't satisfied over moral and ethical issues, and this may bring them closer as a family of churches. But we shouldn't necessarily see this as a form of competition. Although we should argue for cohesion within the ecumenical movement, we shouldn't see our disagreements as a danger to unity. The Orthodox churches are more fully committed than ever to CEC and will be working to strengthen the Orthodox presence," said Viorel Ionita, interim general secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). _____ Anglican-Lutheran dialogue examines service and witness New York (ENI news) - The third phase of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission wrapped up its sixth and final meeting on 25 June in Jerusalem by discussing how greater theological agreement can lead to concerted action in ministry. "We are no longer putting the same emphasis on reconciling forms of ministry. We are now sufficiently akin; we need to do actual ministry, living and proclaiming Jesus Christ in the world," said Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican co-secretary of the meeting, in an interview. ***** 28 June 2011 Zimbabwe police bar Anglican pilgrims at shrine Harare, Zimbabwe (ENI news)- Thousands of Anglicans resorted to gathering at a trade exhibition arena in eastern Zimbabwe on 26 June to mark the memorial of martyr Bernard Mizeki after riot police supporting renegade former bishop Nolbert Kunonga set up barricades on the road to the official shrine. This is the second year that worshippers were banned from holding the annual pilgrimage at the mission school in Marondera, 80 kilometres east of the capital where Mizeki, a lay catechist, was murdered in 1896 by villagers who accused him of collaborating with colonial rulers. _____ Leaders examine religion's place in Israeli democracy Jerusalem (ENI news) - Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths, speaking on 27 June at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel's (ICCI) annual lecture, considered the highly sensitive subject of religion's role in Israel's 63-year-old democracy. Religious leaders can and should play an important role in supporting democratic values in Israel, said Yair Sheleg, a newspaper columnist, senior researcher at The Israel Democracy Institute and a religious Jew. "We also need the collaboration of the religious leaders," he said. "They should tell their believers to obey democratic decisions as a religious principle." _____ Sudanese clergy seek to give aid in South Kordofan Nairobi, Kenya (ENI news) - The government must allow humanitarian access to civilians who have been displaced by the fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state, Sudanese clergy said, amid reports of continued bombardment in the Nuba Mountains. They warned that civilians were violently being removed from camps and forced to return to their homes without any assistance. _____ Abortion fight taken up by Russian Orthodox and American evangelicals Moscow (ENI news) - The Russian Orthodox Church and American evangelicals have allied to defend a traditional definition of family and fight abortion inRussia, which has one of the highest abortion rates in the world. On 29-30 June, the World Congress of Families, a Rockford, Illinois-based organization that defends heterosexual marriage and advocates against abortion, will be holding a conference called the "Moscow Demographic Summit: Family and the Future of Humankind," organized together with the Moscow Patriarchate and other Russian supporters of traditional concepts of family life. ***** 29 June 2011 Dalai Lama to host 11-day peace festival in U.S. capital Washington, D.C. (ENI news) - The Dalai Lama will visit Washington, D.C. next month for an 11-day rally that is being billed as "the largest gathering for world peace in history." The 6-16 July "Kalachakra for World Peace" aims to "amplify the profound, unshakable commitment of (the Dalai Lama) to values such as love, compassion, wisdom and interfaith harmony," according to publicity materials, Religion News Service reports. _____ Churches fear financial ruin in Liechtenstein Warsaw (ENI news) - Churches in one of the world's smallest countries could face financial disaster under government plans to withdraw state subsidies under new legislation, according to a Protestant leader. "This will be a drastic change - we depend on financial support, and there'll be no chance of obtaining it if the new law goes ahead," said Markus Meidert, president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liechtenstein, a 62 square-mile Alpine principality that joined the United Nations only in 1990. ***** QUOTES OF THE WEEK Provided by Sojourners.online June 25th, 2011 "Zeal without knowledge is always less effective, less useful. Often it is found to be very harmful. Wherever zeal is most fervent and the spirit most vehement, there the need for knowledge's oversight is all the greater. Knowledge restrains zeal, tempers the spirit, orders charity." - Bernard of Clairvaux, "On the Song of Songs" --- June 27th, 2011 "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn." - Gloria Steinem --- June 29th "Mark's story of Jesus' last days … is an intensely political drama, filled with conspiratorial backroom deals and covert action, judicial manipulation and prisoner exchange, torture and summary execution …And we do well not to forget that this very narrative of arrest, trial, and torture is still lived out by countless political prisoners around the world today." - Ched Myers, writing in "Binding the Strong Man" ***** ON THIS DAY Provided from the archives of the New York Times June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. http://tinyurl.com/5rrmgn9 _____ June 26, 1963, President Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration: "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I ama Berliner). http://tinyurl.com/3smjt4o _____ June 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Air Force and Navy into the Korean War following a call from the United Nations Security Council for member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North. http://tinyurl.com/3dp25rm _____ June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I. http://tinyurl.com/3fz9xqq _____ June 30, 1997, in Hong Kong, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it for 156 years. http://tinyurl.com/3jg36f3 ***** CLOSING THOUGHT We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility... Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless... Not to speak is to speak Not to act is to act - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Good intentions, understanding and sympathy become meaningless without expression in deed. - Matthew Fox (end)