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January 2011

World Interfaith Harmony Week

In 2010 the UN declared the first week in February World Interfaith Harmony Week. Its aim is to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith. Here is the UN resolution that was unanimously passed: The General Assembly, Recalling its resolutions 53/243 of 13 September 1999 on the declaration and programme of action relating

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CofE = Church of Eccentricity?

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine and he had prepared his sermon for today based on the readings in his Parson’s Pocket Book 2011 diary. Late in his preparation he realised that the John 2:1-11 reading given there was not one of the options given in our usually-generous-with-options NZ lectionary. What was

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Sabbath Torah reading Shevat 24, 5771

The Torah reading today, Shevat 24, 5771 (January 29 2011) in the synagogue is called Mishpatim Exod. 21:1-24:18. Mishpatim means “rules” or “ordinances”. Parashat Mishpatim is sometimes called Sefer HaBrit (“the Book of the Covenant”). It contains 53 of the 613 mitzvot (commandments) found in the Torah. I was taken by Exodus 24:7 “ְו ִנ

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Starting from zero with $0

I recently received a copy of Becky Garrison’s Starting from Zero with $0. Journalist and regular religious commentator Becky Garrison reflects on about a dozen mission-shaped ministries that started from zero with $0. These ministries are both in the US and in the UK. I was hooked when the book started with Rick Fabian and

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reliable senses?

Both circles are the exact same colour ( HEX#D18600 ), and both squares containing the circles are also the exact same colour ( HEX#707070 ). Are our senses and logic the only ways we can access truth? What of symbols, stories, metaphors, signs, legends, parables,…

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the lectionary

See also Daily Lectionary Readings Reading the Bible in Three years A daily blog for Reading the Bible in Three years The online chapel on this site also has a variety of ways to have a discipline of reading the Bible regularly [Having given some links, I don’t mind the automatically-generated “Similar Posts” wordpress plugin,

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Week starting January 30

Scripture texts Textweek resources • collect/opening prayer reflection for January 30 and week following (NZPB) BCP (TEC): Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

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