God's World

God's World

How is God at work in particular places and events?

Discerning Mission

Nobel Peace Prize awarded

Praise God for the amazing hope, courage and activism of the three women who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. I hope that the awarding of the prize brings hope to their movement, and encouragement to women working for peace all over the world. The three women are Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Tawakul Karman. Here's a video interview with one of them, Leymah Gbowee, who is a Liberian Lutheran activist:

 

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Listening, leadership, ethnography

Dori Baker reflects on the benefits of an "ethnography of hope" at the Alban blog. She quotes Thomas E. Frank, a seasoned observer of church life, noting that he "writes about turning to ethnographic practices of listening as a way to escape what he perceived to be market-driven perspectives prevalent in church-improvement literature. He found most of that writing to be largely prescriptive, tending to depict a congregation 'as a franchise in a service industry, completely missing the remarkable imaginative

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The political novelty of God

I can't resist this quote from John Howard Yoder, which is cited in David Fitch's blog on mission and ecclesiology:

The political novelty that God brings into the world is a community of those who serve instead of ruling, who suffer instead of inflicting suffering, whose fellowship crosses social lines instead of reinforcing them. The new Christian community in which the walls are broken down not by human idealism or democratic legalism but by the work of Christ is not only a vehicle of the gospel

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Andrew Walls on the risks of becoming a "caste" in a plural society

Here's a fascinating and brief glimpse of Andrew Walls:

 

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The death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden's Death

Two days ago we woke up to the three inch headlines of Osama bin Laden's death. Today all I can feel is grief. This is not a time for jubilation, no matter what the news media may be stirring up. Particularly for those of us who are called to love our enemies, to pray for peace, to do justice, this is a time for prayer and contemplation. Daniel Moran says it better than I can.

Several religious communities have released statements, including the the Vatican and the United Church of Christ

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