By: Nicole Betteridge Apr 13, 2015
Lectionary Selection: Luke 24: 36b-48
Prayers for Thailand:
Loving and grace filled God,
We are grateful for your unconditional love and comfort through all the seasons of our lives. Sometimes we grow frustrated with one another, but we are reminded that our actions and words must carry a sense of patience, justice, harmony, and love despite differences. Sometime we question ourselves, but we know you are always present with us...Read more...
By: Phyllis Byrd Apr 08, 2015
Reflection on the Garissa University College attack
By Phyllis Byrd
Holy Thursday morning, the breaking news came on the television that there was a terrorist’s attack on one of Kenya’s Universities. I stayed glued to the television flipping from channel to channel trying to get more information. I was afraid that I would be late for the Holy Thursday ecumenical worship service which I was leading at the All Africa Conference of Churches. Yet, my mind was totally...Read more...
By: Mark Behle Apr 06, 2015
Lectionary Selection: John 20: 19-31
Prayers for Lesotho:
We give thanks for the peace that you offer us! May Jesus’ words “Peace be with you!” be words to encourage us in living faithful lives even amidst challenging circumstances, knowing that the peace of Christ within our hearts can sustain and strengthen us for the tasks before us. Help us to be ambassadors of this peace, sharing it with others and...Read more...
By: Anne Gregory Apr 06, 2015
Last month as I preached at a worship service here at the national headquarters of the Church of Christ in Thailand (CCT), I found myself thinking again, as I so often have, of a Peter Mayer song from an album by my friend, Scott Stilwell—“Everything is Holy Now.” In it, the singer remembers growing up in church and wondering why there are so few miracles today, compared to Biblical times. But the song...Read more...
By: Erik Free Apr 06, 2015
While you are all looking forward to the end of winter and the coming of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we here in Mozambique are anxiously expecting the end of a hot, wet summer and the coming of the cooler, milder winter season. It is also nearly avocado season and the avocados here are HUGE! You can make a whole bowl of guacamole with just one of them, though there is nothing even resembling a plain corn chip to be...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Mar 30, 2015
Lectionary Selection: John 20: 1-18 or Mark 16: 1-8
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
Dear Lord: Here we have seen the oppression of your people, their loss of opportunity, possessions, freedom, dignity and hope. Despair encompasses them as the darkness of your tomb. Who will roll away the stone? Yet, as the sun of this Easter morning rises, the promise of life dawns again and the brightness of your victory, even over death, resurrects their...Read more...
By: Nicole Betteridge Mar 27, 2015
Some of the people reading this article have known me almost my entire life, whereas others may have never met me, or have only known me for a short time. Those who have known me since I was little could attest to my wild imagination and sense of adventure. One of my favorite activities as a child was packing bags. Once my bags were packed I would travel behind the sofa, pretending that...Read more...
By: Scott Couper Mar 27, 2015
While many things have changed, many things remain the same for our family. Such is 2015, as compared to 2014. Susan continues to serve Inanda Seminary as its chaplain and Scott continues to serve Inanda Seminary, Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary (SMMS) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics. Susan has fulfilled her role as chaplain for 15 years, yet her portfolio continues to expand. Susan teaches life orientation, an important curriculum within South Africa that...Read more...
By: John Buttrick Mar 27, 2015
In a shadowed recess of the Palestinian church, a round, shallow, metal container filled with sand holds the lighted candles of worshipper and visitor to the Easter service. As more candles are lighted and placed in containers around the sanctuary, the darkness of the sanctuary fades. The service engages us with music, words, and movement. People enter, pause to light a taper, and briefly pray before finding a seat in the sanctuary. The...Read more...
By: John Campbell-Nelson Mar 25, 2015
As I write to you, we are in between semesters at Artha Wacana Christian University, but unfortunately that doesn’t mean we have a break. I still have 75 sermons to read from last semester in order to turn in my grades, and thesis supervision for those who are rushing to make deadlines for graduation later this month. I am also acutely aware that this next semester will be my last before retirement. The...Read more...