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"The 160-Year History Behind What's Happening in the Ukraine Today" - Philip Jenkins, Christianity Today

March 5, 2014

Image: Rumlin/Wikimedia Commons


In recent days, the Crimean peninsula has been at the heart of what some have described as the greatest international crisis of the 21st century. But this is not the first time the region has been so critical to international affairs. Many educated people have at least heard of the great struggle known as the Crimean War (1853-56), although its causes and events remain mysterious to most non-specialists.

If the conflict is remembered today, it resonates through the heroic charitable efforts of Florence Nightingale and the foundation of modern nursing. Actually, that earlier war deserves to be far better known as a pivotal moment in European religious affairs. Without knowing that religious element, moreover—without a sense of its Christian background—we will miss major themes in modern global affairs, in the Middle East and beyond.


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New Book by Kerry Weber Appropriate for the Season of Lent

 

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 46 days of Lent in the Christian Calendar. Six of those days are Sundays or "feast" days, leaving 40 days for prayer, fasting, or abstinence. These 40 days resonate with the 40 day period of fasting that Jesus experienced in the desert where he was tempted by the devil. 


Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of collecting the ashes from the burning of last year's palm leaves. The officiant then dips a finger into the ashes and makes the sign of the cross on people's foreheads as they present themselves to the priest. The one officiating speaks these words during the signing: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shalt return." (Genesis 3.19)


Reading a devotional book is a good practice to guide one through this liturgical time. One book to consider is Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber that builds on a 40 day framework. Watch the YouTube video by Loyola Press and click the button to the left for more information.

10 Things I like about Going to An Anglican Church

By Erin Ortlund

 

My family has been part of St. Aidan Anglican Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, for over 5 years now. I grew up Presbyterian, with a foray into the Vineyard Christian Fellowship during my college years, so I’m rather surprised to find myself here! I can’t say much about the wider Anglican Communion, or even other congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada, but here are 10 reasons I like worshipping with our specific body of believers:

 

The liturgy: Our church uses the Book of Alternative Services (BAS), which is similar to the Book of Common Prayer, but with more modern language. I have grown to love it, as the liturgical prayers have become familiar and soul-nourishing

 

The Eucharist: The Eucharist (communion) is the central part of the worship service, and it happens every week. It starts with one of several Eucharistic prayers, either spoken or sung. 

 

The gospel focus: Our church focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith. Christ crucified, Christ risen, Christ working through us in the world. There is very little emphasis on secondary theological issues that, at least for me, can be more distracting than inspiring. I have never detected any arrogance or sense of superiority in relation to other Christian denominations. Of course, this may be due to general Canadian politeness!

 

The music: There’s a nice mix of hymns, contemporary worship choruses, Taize songs, and traditional Anglican music. Many parts of the liturgy are sung as well.

 

Emphasis on Scripture:Every week, we hear passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Gospels, and the Psalms. The sermon always relates to one or more of these readings.

The children’s ministry: 
The preschool and elementary age children at our church use the Godly Play program for Sunday school. Every few months, St. Aidan has an intergenerational worship service, where the kids stay for the whole service, participating in music, prayer, skits, and Scripture reading. We also have an Advent Brunch every year.

 

Connection to history: I like being part of a church that’s been around for a very long time. Also, many of my favorite authors are/were Anglicans: C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, Madeleine L’Engle, and Alister McGrath.

 

Connection to the world: The Anglican Communion is worldwide. Our church has a special relationship with dioceses in Malaysia and England.

 

Outreach to the world: Our church has done a wide variety of outreaches, such as Operation Christmas Child, clothes drives, Vacation Bible School, outreach lunches after our church service, Habitat for Humanity projects, and ministry to immigrant high school students.

Diversity: 
We have college students, singles, families, and many elderly people. Some are lifelong Anglicans, and others have come from other faith traditions, or from none at all.

 

The original post can be found at Cheesewearing Theology

Two African Primates to Respond to Letter on Sexuality - Anglican Journal

By ACNS on February 6, 2014Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, at Wycliffe College in Toronto in October 2013
Photo: Leigh Anne Williams

 

A second African Primate has issued a response to a recent letter by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York recalling Anglican Communion leaders' "commitment to pastoral care and friendship for all, regardless of sexual orientation".

In his response, the Archbishop of Kenya the Most Revd Eliud Wabukala said, "Christians should always show particular care for those who are vulnerable, but this cannot be separated from the whole fabric of biblical moral teaching in which the nature of marriage and family occupy a central place."

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Marriage Canon Commission Members Announced - Anglican Journal

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New Prayer App

St. Meinrad Archabbey, of Saint Meinrad, Indiana, has released a new prayer app for mobile devices! Simple yet effective, this app provides opportunities for prayer and reflection during your busy day. To download the app, click the image below.

Honor Your Inner Monk - Saint Meinrad Archabbey Prayer App

image attribution: Chris Light @ en.wikipedia

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