Daily Archives: January 26, 2014

(Ecum News) The Ecumenical statement for the Geneva 2 talks on Syria

Christians have maintained a continuous presence in the land of Syria since the dawn of Christianity. Today, as churches and church-related humanitarian agencies, we are present with the people of Syria on a daily basis both inside the country and amongst refugees. In this communication, we seek to raise their voice.

Our concern is for all people affected by the indiscriminate violence and humanitarian calamity in Syria. Innocent children, women and men are being killed, wounded, traumatized and driven from their homes in uncounted numbers. We hear their cries, knowing that when “one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26).

There will be no military solution to the crisis in the country. Endeavouring to be faithful to God’s love of all human beings, and within the context of international humanitarian law, we submit these calls for action and guidelines for building peace.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Ecumenical Relations, Ethics / Moral Theology, Globalization, Middle East, Religion & Culture, Syria, Theology, Violence

(Local Paper) Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy celebrates 25 years counseling those facing life's traumas

It all started when the Rev. Rob Dewey, police officer turned Episcopal priest, saw a need for chaplains at police scenes to counsel and support those affected, from first responders to victims and their families.

The need became an unfunded dream that became Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, a growing nonprofit Judeo-Christian ministry turning 25 years old.

Its chaplains have counseled countless residents who have landed, by choice or by fate, at the doorstep of violent death and life’s other most devastating traumas.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Church/State Matters, Law & Legal Issues, Ministry of the Ordained, Parish Ministry, Police/Fire

(NY Times Well Blog) How Inactivity Changes the Brain

A number of studies have shown that exercise can remodel the brain by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes. Now it appears that inactivity, too, can remodel the brain, according to a notable new report.

The study, which was conducted in rats but likely has implications for people too, the researchers say, found that being sedentary changes the shape of certain neurons in ways that significantly affect not just the brain but the heart as well. The findings may help to explain, in part, why a sedentary lifestyle is so bad for us.

Until about 20 years ago, most scientists believed that the brain’s structure was fixed by adulthood, that you couldn’t create new brain cells, alter the shape of those that existed or in any other way change your mind physically after adolescence.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Anthropology, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Theology

A Mere Anglicanism Photo of the Final Panel Discussion (Joy Hunter)

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * South Carolina, Apologetics, Philosophy, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, Seminary / Theological Education, Theology

There are now even more Pictures posted from the Mere Anglicanism 2014 Conference

Check them out there. Note also that a slideshow option is available by clicking there.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * South Carolina, Apologetics, Photos/Photography, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, Theology

Stan Wawrinka wins the Australian Open over a hobbled Rafael Nadal

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland held on to stun a hobbled Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win his first Grand Slam championship in his major debut at the Australian Open on Sunday.

No. 8 Wawrinka, long the second fiddle to compatriot Roger Federer, erased an 0-12 record against No. 1 Nadal and knocked off three top-10 players during his Cinderella run, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.

“Last year I had a crazy match (to Djokovic). I lost it. I was crying a lot after the watch,” Wawrinka said at the trophy ceremony. “Right now I don’t know if I’m dreaming or not, but we’ll see tomorrow morning.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Men, Sports

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Preserve us, O Lord, from the spirit of revenge. Give us, we beseech thee, the generous heart; that, if our enemy hunger, we may feed him, if he thirst, may give him drink; that we be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good; as servants of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary, beholding thy power and glory. Because thy steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise thee. So I will bless thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.

–Psalm 63:1-4

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(CSM) the US military aids Nigeria on Boko Haram

Through US Africa Command (AFRICOM), US Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA), and the Office of Security Cooperation in the US Embassy in Abuja, the United States will be helping stand up the NASOC by providing training and a limited amount of equipment.

From the information I have, it sounds like NASOC will have a force up North to deal with Boko Haram, a force in the South to deal with security in the Niger Delta, a headquarters force to focus on hostage rescue, and an expeditionary force for external use ”“ perhaps to contribute specialized capabilities for peacekeeping operations.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the precise size of NASOC or of its component forces.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Africa, America/U.S.A., Defense, National Security, Military, Ethics / Moral Theology, Foreign Relations, Islam, Military / Armed Forces, Nigeria, Other Faiths, Politics in General, Terrorism, Theology, Violence

(RNS) A. James Rudin–100 years later, God and World War I

God may well be an equal opportunity deity, but that’s never stopped political leaders and clergy from claiming the Creator favors their side over the other in armed conflicts. Indeed, the use and abuse of God and religion were never more evident than during the “War to End All Wars,” World War I, which began 100 years ago in 1914.

In his 2010 book “Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War,” University of Illinois professor Jonathan Ebel examines American soldiers’ many attempts to find religious meaning in the midst of a perplexing and catastrophic war.

America didn’t enter the fighting until 1917, but when Woodrow Wilson, the son of a Presbyterian minister, urged Congress to declare war on Germany, the president used traditional religious language: “The day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness ”¦ God helping her, she can do no other.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Defense, National Security, Military, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Europe, Foreign Relations, History, Military / Armed Forces, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Theology