Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. Luke 9:16
My father, Charlie Byrd, was born and raised in the southern part of the U.S., educated up to third grade, the son of a Baptist Minister, and lived through the Great Depression. When he came home and greeted us after work, he would exclaim “my justice!” My mother’s usual response was “I made ____ for dinner.” I soon understood that “my justice,” according to the “gospel” of Charlie Byrd, meant “What’s for dinner?”
I can’t help but laugh when I think about some of the sayings of my father when I was growing up. My father, Charlie Byrd was educated up to the third grade. He was the son of a Baptist Minister, born and raised in the Southern part of the USA, and lived through the great depression. My dad often said things that had depth but I totally missed the wisdom because of my youth. Some of the things he said sounded so funny. When he walked into the house after his usual greetings he would exclaim “my justice.” What was he talking about? My mother’s usual response was “I made ____ ____ for dinner “or” The children and I already had dinner but the food is still warm you can fix your own plate.” I understood at an early age that “my justice” according to the “gospel” of Charlie Byrd meant what’s for dinner. This Charlie Byrd mantra of “My justice” has followed me into my adult life but my understanding of what my father was asking for is no longer comical but a deep reality.
Lectionary Selection: Luke 13:31-35 or Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a)
Prayers for Kenya:
Pray for the The Organization of Africa Instituted Churches as we look for the resources to give the women business management skills.
Pray for the victims of El Niño rains that swept across East Africa, the lives, property that was lost.
Pray for Southern Africa that is experiencing drought and cattle and people are dying.
God thank you for taking our uuuuwe and transforming them into ululations. Thank you for working though people to change the lives of women like Elizabeth as well as so many others. It is my prayer that you will continue to work through your people to change lives all around the world. AmenRead more
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9:38-50
Prayers for Kenya:
Pray for the Organization of African Instituted Churches, for our “Youth Ambassadors for Peace” program. This program identifies young people in high schools (secondary school) in different parts of the country, especially areas that are prone to violence and instability. Africa has a very diverse and dynamic population of young people filled with hope and inspiration for a better continent. Yet against this background the continent is constantly threatened with serious wars and conflicts. The youth being the majorities are caught in the cross fire and the most affected. This makes a program like Youth Ambassadors for Peace program one of the crucial interventions. The youth Ambassadors will work in their school and community as they spread a message of peace, reconciliation and nonviolence.
COMMUNIQUE BY FAITH COMMUNITIES ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR AFRICA
We the Faith Leaders meeting here in Nairobi under the hospice of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) after two days consultation on the menace of Human Trafficking in Africa and the world at large and having been informed by the challenges of Human Trafficking hereby resolve and pass the communiqué as follows;Read more
The Organization of African Instituted Churches is excited to share their latest newsletter.Read more
We, the members of the General Committee of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), meeting at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi on the 23rd of April, 2015, have deliberated upon and identified the following issues that are of immediate concern to the people in our beloved continent - Poverty and widening economic inequalities (Oceans of poverty with islands of wealth), the problem of social divisions (ethnic, political and religious); the problem of unemployment among the youth and the role of the Church as an agent of positive societal transformation and peace.Read more
We church leaders from various Christian organizations have today met here at Jumuia Place to review and chart the way forward in view of the incessant and well orchestrated campaign against the Christian faithful in the country that has been blamed on terrorism.
During this forum, we have deeply reflected on these attacks and taken note of the glaring lack of coordination and commitment within the government to deal with terror. We also took time to review the blatant violation of the rights of Christians to life itself and enshrined religious freedoms. We therefore would like to share the following message with the nation.Read more
The primate of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Rev. Dr Eliud Wabukala, in his message for Good Friday called for unity in order to defeat the terrorist threat faced by the country.Read more
Written by Derek Duncan
The prayers of the world joined with Kenya this Easter as that country began an official period of mourning for the 148 students and security personnel killed in the northeast town of Garissa on April 2. The attack on Garissa University's campus was carried out by al-Shabaab militants, who explained they targeted non-Muslims in the attack in revenge for Kenya's killing of Muslims in neighboring Somalia, where, since 2011, Kenya has been helping African Union forces wage war against the group.Read more