By: Rachel S. Pellett Jun 01, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Genesis 1:1-2, 4a
Prayers for Jamaica:
Creator God, Light and Love, we acknowledge your goodness – as simply part of the essence of your very being, and the goodness of your inexhaustible loving-kindness towards us, your creation, your children, your beloved. Lord of Light and Love, we return love to you. Spirit, we thank you for your abiding companionship. Hover over us. We reach back out to you for...Read more...
By: Sean Amato May 29, 2020
“Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.” (Proverbs 27:17, NRSV)
I am fascinated with wisdom literature. I spend time reading through my favored texts - Buddhist Scripture, Idries Shah’s Rumi-centric Hundred Tales of Wisdom, and Benedicta Ward’s translation of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Such works have exposed me to a wide variety of perspectives on human and spiritual fulfillment, many of which are joined together by a shared sinew of belief: collectively, we humans...Read more...
By: Rachel S. Pellett May 28, 2020
I wish you could meet my friend Harpreet. God used her in the waiting period I had before coming to Jamaica. Harpreet is Sikh but she attended a Catholic school growing up in India. Continuing in this vein of diverse perspectives, she is incredibly well-read on a broad range of topics and shares from that wealth of knowledge as plentifully as rain from clouds during monsoon. We worked together in back-to-back...Read more...
By: Karen Campbell-Nelson May 27, 2020
After two months of house worship and empty church buildings, the Synod office of GMIT (the Evangelical Protestant Church of Timor) encouraged households to observe a day of fasting, an uncommon practice among GMIT’s rich tradition of rituals.Read more...
By: Anne Gregory May 25, 2020
Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:1-21
Prayers for Thailand:
Why is it, O God of the Breath, that your Spirit blows where it will, and we never know what is coming next? Thank you for the living power of your Spirit, because when we are filled, we are free to follow and adapt, and even give thanks, when everything seems to be blowing and changing so quickly.
By: Robert Howard May 21, 2020
I have had the opportunity to work with the Pacfic Council of Churches in Suva, Fiji during these past few weeks, and have continued to plod along through work even as the island has been put under pressure by the threat of COVID-19. Throughout these stressful times PCC has remained active in local communities in a variety of ways and remaining involved in as many ways as they could conceive. I suppose I should be going at this more narratively...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel May 20, 2020
As I look at different posts on social media, many people report a drastic reduction of activity on the streets of their cities and a strange quiet blanketing the areas where they live as a result of the stay at home directives in their countries. The opposite seems to be true in San Cristóbal de las Casas, the city where I live in Chiapas, Southern Mexico.Read more...
By: Andrew Larsen May 19, 2020
During this pandemic there are few things that I do routinely. The most consistent thing might be the inconsistency on how I approach each day. While I do many of the same things or activities each day they happen at all sorts of different hours with varying intensities.Read more...
By: Kelsey Riebel May 18, 2020
I am writing from Xelaju, Guatemala. Currently, I am studying Spanish to prepare me for my service in Ecuador with FEDICE. I haven’t been to Guatemala before, and I’ve discovered that it is absolutely beautiful. The school I am attending for six weeks is in the mountains of Guatemala, and the elevation is around 7,000 feet.Read more...
By: Carlos Sediles-Real May 18, 2020
Lectionary Selection: John 17:1-11
Prayers for Mexico:
God, source of love and protection who tenderly comforts and encourages us in the most difficult of hours, in this time of global anguish we turn to you, our Father and Mother, with the confidence that we are your daughters and sons. From Mexico, we join in prayer with sisters and brothers around the world, to glorify your name through our...Read more...