You may be aware that Christians around the world do not celebrate Easter on the same day. For example, this year (2005), many Protestant groups celebrate Easter on March 27, while many Orthodox groups celebrate it five Sundays later, on May 1. In the same way, Lent begins on different days for different Christians and lasts for different periods. Some people regard this as a scandal, a detraction from the ideal of Christian unity.Read more
At times things have felt overwhelming as I continue to be the primary caregiver for a dear friend with cancer. I have learned much about what it means to be a caregiver and about love, patience and the need for support from Suzan’s family, from friends and from God.
To Our Beloved Church Members,
2004 is behind us. The history of this past year cannot now be changed, whether what was done was permanent or transient, whether what happened was pleasing or upsetting, interesting or unimportant. Of course each one of us would prefer to re-live some of the events of last year and, if possible, change some of our decisions, or take a different route. Yet certainly there were some developments in 2004 that were pleasing and crowned with success. In any case, now it is all history. It is not possible to change any of it. This is how the history of men, families, and nations comes about.
Dear friends, Over the years I have valued the writings of S. Wesley Ariarajah. He’s a Tamil from Sri Lanka, and a Methodist pastor and scholar. According to his recent book, Axis of Peace (World Council of Churches, 2004), he teaches ecumenical theology at Drew University. Wesley Ariarajah wrestles in this book with the problems of Christian faith in times of violence and war.Read more