GLOBAL AND ECUMENICAL IN SCOPE
CANADIAN IN PERSPECTIVE
Wayne A. Holst, Editor
My E-Mail Address:
Colleagues List Web Site:
"Quicklinks" are included with many items
at the beginning of this issue. To get a more
complete picture, however, scroll down to
find your special selection in the body of
Design of this issue -
Reflection on My Colleagues List, 2015
Listing of Colleagues List issues,
Book Notice Summaries and Reviews;
Articles, Notes, Interviews and Reflections
The Year in Pictures
The World Events that Mattered Most in 2015
The Best Year in History for the Average Human
Closing Thought - Martin Luther
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
My last issue of Colleagues List each year
is unique. It is a compilation, with links,
of all my book notices, reviews, columns
and other reflections from 2015.
This issue provides an easy way to catch up on
material you may have missed in the past year.
I will also reflect a little on how I see Colleagues
List evolving as a religion and culture blog that
is 'global and ecumenical in scope, and Canadian
REFLECTION ON MY COLLEAGUES LIST, 2015
My current thinking about this e-journal is
to recognize ten years of production and
seven years using the present blog format.
The encouraging news is that Colleagues
List repeats in 2015 what first occurred in
2014. This blog received an average of
1,000 hits a week, or a total of 52,000 hits
since December 31st last year. I am very
grateful for this response.
I maintain an email core of about 300
colleagues. These are the people who receive
a weekly notification that a new issue has
been posted. The other 700 are those who
are drawn to the Colleagues List website
for various reasons.
My goal in 2016 will be to encourage more
'visitors' to become 'colleagues' because
colleagues on my mailing list are those
more likely to be regular readers and
I am grateful for the world-wide reach of
this blog - into Europe, Asia, Africa and
Latin America. I continue to try to make
this list a truly global source of religion
and culture material and I really seek out
international, ecumenical and inter-faith
sources for information to share with you.
Here are two ways you can help me.
1. Let me know about sites that are
helpful to you and may serve others.
I can't promise to use them all, but
will consider using them.
2. Send me email addresses of friends
to whom you have introduced this
list and who would like to join. I will
only add to membership the names
and addresses of people who have
agreed to join.
Colleagues List is now entering its
eleventh year of existence, and the
eighth using the Blogger.com format.
All told, I have created at total of
511 issues (at 46.4 issues per year)
or 323 Blogger.com issues (at 40.3
issues per year.) The latter are all
archived and accessible.
Just do a google search or check
out the left column "Blogger Archive"
on the main page each week to find
material from past CL issues and any
items published on CL by me since 2009.
SUMMARY OF COLLEAGUES LIST ISSUES
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2015
Book Notices, Articles, Interviews, Columns
Please note - in most cases, the first link
for each article is to the CL issue where
it first appeared. This is usually followed
by back-up links to my book notice or article.
If you have opened a particular book notice
issue scroll down into the body of the blog
to read the section "My Thoughts".
Anglican Journal columns are listed separately.
2015 BOOK NOTICES
(a total of 23)
January 18th, 2015
"Simply Good News"
by N.T. Wright
third in a series:
February 8th, 2015
"Convictions - How I Learned
What Matters Most"
by Marcus Borg
February 15th, 2015
"Lenten Lent" devotions
by Donna Sharper
March 1st, 2015
"Between the Dark and the Daylight:
Embracing the Contradictions of Life"
by Joan Chittister
March 8th, 2015
"Bewilderments" - A Commentary
on the Book of Numbers
by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
March 15th, 2015
"Essential Shakespeare Handbook"
by Leslie Dunton-Downer &
Published by DK.
March 29th, 2015
"Henry David Thoreau -
Spiritual and Prophetic Writings"
by Tim Flinders
April 19th, 2015
by Zeki Saritoprak
April 26th, 2015
How World War One
Became a Religious Crusade"
by Philip Jenkins
May 3rd, 2015
The Fringe Benefits of Failure
and the Importance of Imagination"
by J.K. Rowling
May 10th, 2015
Seven Pathways to your Deeper Self"
by Richard Rohr
May 31st, 2015
by Barbara Brown Taylor
June 28th, 2015
Vision for Our World"
by Daniel Goleman
July 12th, 2015
"A Full Life - Reflections at Ninety"
by Jimmy Carter
Three of my Previous Carter
Reviews and Notices:
August 9th, 2015
"Sorry - Why Our Church Apologized"
- a reflection on the apology process
between the United Church of Canada
and Canada's First Nations
co-authored by Wm. Phipps et al.
September 6th, 2015
"Torn - Rescuing the Gospel
from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate"
by Justin Lee
September 13th, 2015
"Nine Essential Things
I've Learned About Life" -
by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
(his spiritual evolution)
September 20th, 2015
Essential Spiritual Writings"
by Jon Sweeney
October 12th, 2015
"My Year of Buying Nothing"
by Lee Simpson
November 8th, 2015
by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
November 15th, 2015
Reading the Bible Amid
the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Walter Brueggemann
November 29th , 2015
"Preparing for Christmas"
by Richard Rohr
December 6th, 2015
How You Can Make a Difference"
2015 COLLEAGUES LIST
ARTICLES AND NOTES
(a total of 5)
January 25th, 2015
Colleague and friend Marcus Borg died
this week. He is the same age as I am.
February 1st, 2015
who spoke this week on the theme:
"The New World Disorder"
For my notes, click and scroll down:
April 5th, 2015
Anticipating Our Sojourn to Jerusalem
and the Land of Three Great Faiths
A Personal Reflection
October 5th, 2015
Visiting the Land of Three Great Faiths"
December 20th, 2015
ANGLICAN JOURNAL COLUMNS - 2015
(a total of 12)
"Chester Ronning -
Model of Faith and Politics"
"A Model for Intra-faith Dialogue"
"Inter-faith Dialogue Close to Home"
"Bunnies and Eggs are Just the Beginning"
"Spring Cleaning - Good for the Soul"
"What's Ahead for the Churches -
After the TRC"
(The Truth and Reconciliation
Commission Report Considered)
"What I Learned from
Fr. Rene Fumleau"
"A Price is Paid for
Justice and Human Rights"
"Are We Still a People of Compassion?"
Canada's Current Refugee Challenges
"Modern Life in a Global Village"
"From Darkness to Light"
MAILINGS FOR 2015
Including Two Letters: 42
THE YEAR IN PICTURES
The New York Times
December 27th, 2015
THE WORLD EVENTS
THAT MATTERED MOST IN 2015
The Atlantic Online
December 22nd, 2015
THE BEST YEAR IN HISTORY
FOR THE AVERAGE HUMAN BEING
The Atlantic Online
December 18th, 2015
Closing Thought - Martin Luther
See to it that you do not treat the gospel
only as history, for that is only transient;
neither regard it only as an example, for
it is of no value without faith. Rather, see
to it that you make this birth your own and
that Christ be born in you.… Of what benefit
would it be to me if Christ had been born a
thousand times, and it would daily be sung
into my ears in a most lovely manner, if I
were never to hear that he was born for me
and was to be my very own?
My next regular CL issue will be dated:
Sunday, January 10th, 2016.
Have a good New Year Celebration!