Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I closed my eyes and imagined your face;
I reached out and touched his garment
and hoped that his power would explode in my screams
in those dark moments when I see your tears
and your body shakes with doubts and fears.
I breathe in hope and exhale your name
I reach out and stroke his cheek
and catch the drop that escapes his eye,
and when he leans over, to my ear, I understand;
he breathes in promise and whispers your name.
Monday, October 23, 2006
"As the election approaches, here is a website that has a survey sent to all local candidates, with their responses or lack thereof. It's set up by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, which may or may not align with your personal politics, but it does seem to be a good resource for seeing some of the positions side-by-side. Hope it helps! Maria
Sunday, October 22, 2006
we took a family trip yesterday to Reed Orchard...i took this pic of a variety of apple called "Arkansas Black." it was beautiful to see the many different types (shapes, colors, tastes) of apples and pears. the Creator seems to delight in variety. It was a spectacular day and Isaac ate his body weight in apples.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
As I heard this message, I was inspired, convicted, and overcome. I thought of two things personally. I recognized the privilege of my fatigue and burnout in the work of refugee resettlement and the shame that goes with it. I had the honor of receiving and serving families forced by war and conflict to reside in a strange and sometimes unwelcoming land. And yet, even as I’ve shared in the role of host, I hadn’t realized that somewhere wrapped up in me is an alien and the genetic memory of being an outsider. Because we are grafted into the story of the people of Israel, this identity of stranger in a strange land is ours too.
This is our story, our genealogy. Recently my father shared with me about his substantial work on our family’s genealogy. He loves it. He managed to meticulously document our relatives back to the 1600s. What he unearthed is rich in stories and places of the people who made us, the Espy’s. Without any effort or leap of imagination, I easily associated with these long-since-dead people I never knew and I thought, “oh, great, these are my people.” An inherited dignity is ascribed to me by my ancestors that takes no work on my part and asks nothing of me – a detached history.
More ancient and central than this earthly lineage is my inheritance and place in the story from Scripture As Christine reminded us, this family tree comes with mandates, frightful promises of exclusion, burdens to live justly, and the Head of the clan being crucified. This heritage is one I don’t always want to belong to. Of course, it also comes with the mystery of grace and abundant life. The important thing about the renewal that came in those moments in chapel is that the reminder of identity and the acknowledgement of who’s I am spills over into the call again to live and to act as a servant, a blessing…to cross borders again and again, simultaneously aware of my own exile and the holy honor of being a welcoming host.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
This Tuesday there will be a demonstration at the White House, just prior to the time when the President is to sign the Military Commissions Act of 2006, legislation that legalizes torture of prisoners. Further, this bill would eradicate the the writ of habeas corpus for detainees, meaning that we have eliminated the process for determining if the prisoners we are torturing are even individuals of interest. God help us (and I mean that quite literally). This is a terrible piece of legislation and ranks the United States with some of the cruelest and most barbaric cultures.
see here for more details in Will's post: http://willzhead.typepad.com/willzhead/2006/10/take_your_stand.html
Monday, October 16, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Where: Lexington Convention Center/ Heritage Hall
Date: October 14- 15, 2006
Times: 10- 6 on Saturday, 11-5 Sunday
Contact: Ben Perry, event coordinator
Phone/ Fax: (859) 523-4773
Description: The 3rd annual Bluegrass Energy &Green Living Expo is free and open to the public and includes sustainable living workshops, educational exhibits, a Children's Expo, and a trade show offering a variety of green products and services!
Visit our website at http://www.bluegrassenergyexpo.org/ for directions and more details.
SCN will conduct 2 workshops at the Expo on Sustainability Philosphy and Practice...Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 4pm in Room D...everyone is invited to help facilitate this conversation.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Mercy is like the ambulance at the bottom of a cliff, ready to help those who fall.
Justice builds a fence at the top of the cliff to protect them from falling in the first place.
Mercy wipes the tears from the eyes. Justice asks, “Why are you crying?”
Mercy welcomes the hungry to gather around G_d’s banqueting table.
Justice addresses why some are under the table aching of hunger while others are sitting on top of the table aching from gluttony.
Mercy seeks and saves those lost in the darkness.
Justice asks, “Why is it dark? Who is keeping it dark? Who is benefiting from this darkness? Is it I, Lord?”
Can You Hear Me? – Brad Jersa
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
i wanted to pass on this information (from an email we recieived) about a show tonight...Sherry and I were actually contacted by the producer of this show some time back and it looks like an interesting program.
I wanted to let you know – and ask you to spread the word – about an important PBS special that airs this week and prominently features the role of faith in the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.
In “Is God Green?” – which airs this Wednesday, October 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check your local listings) -- Bill Moyers examines the changing views towards the environment among evangelical Christians.The documentary features Allen Johnson, co-founder of Christians for the Mountains. As one review puts it:
The program explores the real-world consequences of mountaintop mining and its toxic by-products on the local water supply, profiling residents forced to live with drinking water allegedly contaminated by harmful chemicals and their fight against a subsidiary of the region’s largest coal company, Massey Energy. Allen’s group is working to recruit local churches to explore the pollution problem as a theological and Biblical issue, and to join their fight. Today, after 12 years, the local government is building the infrastructure that eventually will bring clean water to the effected communities.
Here at Appalachian Voices, we know that people of faith have a critical role to play in the effort to end mountaintop removal mining. Five major religious denominations have already passed resolutions against mountaintop removal mining.You can learn more about the intersection of religion and the fight against mountaintop removal mining by clicking on this link:http://www.ilovemountains.org/prayers
And if you haven’t yet done so, please add your voice to the more than 2,000 Americans who have already pledged to help end mountaintop removal mining by visiting the
ILoveMountains.org website:http://www.ilovemountains.org/take_action/Please forward this email to your friends and family, and invite a friend over on Wednesday to watch “Is God Green?” Getting the word out about the real consequences of mountaintop removal mining is critical to our efforts to end this destructive practice. Thank you for taking action.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
lord, help us to love.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at 5:30 PM
"Global Warming: Local Practices, Global Effects"Presented by TERRA, the Transylvania Environmental Rights & Responsibilities Alliance
5:30 -- Free showing of "An Inconvenient Truth"
7:15 -- Panel Discussion with
Congressman Ben Chandler;
Deputy Secretary of the EPPC, John Clay;
Dr. James Wagner, Professor of Biology, Transylvania University;
and Dr. Alan Bartley, Professor of Economics, Transylvania University
Monday, October 09, 2006
Saturday, October 07, 2006
I don’t recall Steve speaking of God much. But every time he said, “Isn’t that a little beauty!” I think he was speaking for God, the One who notices and loves the smallest goodness of every created thing. The look on his face when he sat with an orangutan or swam with a green sea turtle or let a lizard perch on his finger – that look in itself was a sign and a wonder. Sure, some people think he was over the top, but with millions of other fans, I miss him, and with them, I’m inspired to live life a little – no, a lot - louder and freer because of him … playing my own unique part in the sacred mission of saving love. Rest in peace, Steve-o. Well done.