Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Final Report of 2009 CCT Annual Meeting‏
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Friends, attached is the final Report of the 2009 CCT Annual Meeting, “Implementing the Call to Cut Poverty in Half” and a copy of our previous “Statement on Poverty”. Please pass these items to your communications/news people. Also, below are a few of the news stories generated by our press conference which took place January 15 at the National Press Club. It was a fine meeting.
The meeting with Melody Barnes (Director-designate of the Domestic Policy Council), Joshua Dubois (Religious Affairs Director) and other members of the new Administration transition team went exceedingly well. It is clear that the team understands poverty and is sympathetic to the desire to eliminate it. We had an open discussion that lasted an hour. The meeting closed with the mutually expressed desire to stay in touch. Representing CCT in the conversation were David Beckmann, Peter Borgdorff, John Carr, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Dick Hamm, Earl James, Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky, Bishop James Leggett, Glenn Palmberg, Ron Sider, William Shaw, Jim Wallis, and Sharon Watkins. Blessings! Dick Hamm

Christian group to Obama: Put poor people first

Dr. Richard L. "Dick" Hamm, Executive Administrator
Christian Churches Together
P.O. Box 24188, Indianapolis, IN 46224-0188
317-490-1968, dhamm@ddi.org
fax 484-231-7467

street address: 8162 Winterset Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46214

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In this my personal Christian blog, I hope to be discursive and now and then critical. What I write here is tentative and tensive. I post thoughts, feelings, and observations somewhat randomly and often in immediate response to current events and posts on other blogs.

"Serendipitous Creativity" from Gordon Kaufman

"I suggested that what we today should regard as God is the ongoing creativity in the universe - the bringing (or coming) into being of what is genuinely new, something transformative; …

"In some respects and some degrees this creativity is apparently happening continuously, in and through the processes or activities or events around us and within us(…) is a profound mystery to us humans(…) But on the whole, as we look back on the long and often painful developments that slowly brought human life and our complex human worlds into being, we cannot but regard this creativity as serendipitous …

"I want to stress that this serendipitous creativity - God! - to which we should be responsive is not the private possession of any of the many particular religious faiths or systems …

"This profound mystery of creativity is manifest in and through the overall human bio-historical evolution and development everywhere on the planet; and it continues to show itself throughout the entire human project, no matter what may be the particular religious and or cultural beliefs."

Gordon Kaufman, Mennonite Life, December 2005 vol. 60 no. 4

Melville is a rational man who

"Melville is a rational man who wants God to exist. He wants Him to exist for the same reasons we all do: to be our rescuer and appreciator, to act as a confidant in our moments of crisis and to give us reassurance that, over the horizon of our deaths, we will survive." (John Updike)

And that is a problem for me.

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