In her seminal work, Texts of Terror (Fortress Press, 1984), Phyllis Trible gives us stories, a methodology, and a perspective for engaging with the Bible in ways that challenge us to admit: “Sad stories do not have happy endings” (p. 2). For example, Hagar is a woman of many “firsts”.
Hagar is a pivotal figure in biblical theology. She is the first person in scripture whom a divine messenger visits and the only person who dares to name the deity . . .[S]he is the first woman to bear a child [outside of Genesis 1-11], . . .the first woman to hear an annunciation, the only one to receive a divine promise of descendants, and the first to weep for her dying child. (p. 28)Read more
Admissions at Lady Doak College has reached an all-time high, with 1,454 new students admitted this school year. These students were selected from a pool of over 16,500 applicants, making Lady Doak College the most preferred college for young women in the region. Currently, there are a total of 4,784 students enrolled at the college, instructed by a teaching staff of 252. Over 40% of all students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. Furthermore, 35% of the student population is comprised of first-generation college learners.Read more
"I didn't expect that I could do anything as good as this!" - D. Babu, child at Family Village Farm
During a recent art project, each boy was given the opportunity to make their mark on the walls of the hostel. Whether it be drawing a design and painting it or learning that abstract thinking and imagination can actually be really fun and produce exciting ideas. This project has been a great way to get creative, share, work within a team and learn new ideas from each other. What was a dull and dingy room is now transformed with splashes of color into an exciting and fun space where the boys' artwork is permanently exposed.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 25:14-30
Prayers for Thailand:
We give thanks, O God, for the late king of Thailand, who practiced mercy and inspired the love and respect of millions, of every religion. In a day when so many use their power for abuse and corruption, we thank you for a true human example of kindness and compassion. And now, we pray for the gifts of wisdom and stability in a nation thrown into uncertainty in the present moment. Let us turn to you and to your mercy, we pray through Jesus Christ. Amen.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Myanmar. I was there as part of the Protestant Church of East Timor’s (IPTL) delegation to the Asia Mission Conference. The Asia Mission Conference was initiated by the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) which is a diverse group of churches across Asia.Read more
This story was written for the October 2017 newsletter of the Diocese of Durgapur, Church of North India.
Arriving in India I did not know what to expect. Everything is so different–different sights, smells, sounds and textures; needless to say that all my senses were working and running at the same time. Coming from the “outside” I did see a lot of garbage in the streets, cows, pigs, goats, dogs and a lot of people and I mean a lot of people. I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed, very overwhelmed.Read more
A one-day conference of social workers and activists on the theme of "Growing Violence against Women and Children" was conducted on October 14, 2017 at the Dalit Women’s Centre, Kurichy. The conference started with expressing condolences at the sad demise of our two friends, Ms.K.J.Enayammal, social worker and Dr. V.C.Harris, Director School of Letters, M G University.Read more
Greetings from Pravaham!
Pravaham is continuing in its mission to empower the marginalized and neglected sections of the society and help them realize their special purpose in the mission of God. Thank you for partnering with us in this mission. Your support and prayers empower and encourage us to serve effectively and enthusiastically. I am happy to share with you how Pravaham has impacted the lives of people it touched and the community around.Read more
Cuando yo era niño, hablaba como niño, pensaba como niño, razonaba como niño; mas cuando me hice hombre, dejé a un lado lo que era de niño. 1 Corintios 13:11
"Esperar con anticipación" es el tema ancestral de Adviento. Cuando era niña recuerdo haber esperado con anticipación la mañana de Navidad, cuando mi hermano, mi hermana y yo bajábamos volando hacia montones de brillantes regalos bajo una cubierta de brillo y adornos de vidrio. La Escuela Dominical me había enseñado que había una conexión entre el regalo de amor de Dios en el nacimiento de Jesús y nuestros regalos mutuos. Pero en la imaginación de una jovencita, ese significado se volvió turbio: siempre había una desconexión entre el mensaje de un bebé nacido en un pesebre apestoso (seguramente apestaba como lo sabe cualquier dueño de ganado) y el brillo de los juguetes.Read more
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 1 Corinthians 13:11
“Wait with anticipation” is the age-old theme of Advent. As a child I remember waiting with anticipation for Christmas morning when my brother, sister, and I would fly downstairs to piles of bright gifts beneath a spruce covered in glitter and glass ornaments. Sunday School had taught me there was a connection between God’s gift of love in the birth of Jesus and our giving gifts to one another. But in a youngster’s imagination, that meaning became murky—there was always a disconnect between the message of a baby born in a stinky manger (surely it stank as any livestock owner knows) and the glitter of toys.Read more