Monday, January 5, 2009

12 th Night: Women of the Congo Alert

Dear Colleague,

As people of faith, we are called to see, hear, and respond to the suffering caused by violence against women. The Religious Institute has launched the Congo Sabbath Initiative to engage faith communities in educating their congregants about violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Forty-eight national religious leaders have joined the Religious Institute in calling on congregations across the country to participate in the Congo Sabbath Initiative.
Why the Congo? The United Nations has declared that the sexual violence in the Congo is the worst in the world. One in two women has been the victim of brutal sexual violence. Over the last 10 years, hundreds of thousands of Congolese women and girls have been raped, leaving them with genital lesions, traumatic fistulae, and HIV. Seven in ten of these women go untreated because of inadequate medical facilities.
Here's how you can help bring Congo Sabbath to your faith community.
· PRINT information on the Congo.The Religious Institute has collected articles and other resources that you can download to educate congregants about the crisis.Click here to download the resource sheet.
· POST articles, factsheets, and other materials on your congregation's website, newsletter, your personal blog, or in visible places in your faith community. Click here to download the sample newsletter article.
· PRAY for the women of the Congo.The Religious Institute has developed a responsive reading to use during worship. A bulletin insert with the responsive reading and information on the crisis is available for download or to adapt. Click here to download the adaptable bulletin insert.
Can we count on you to be a voice for the crisis in the Congo in your community? Please click here to commit your congregation to the Congo Sabbath Initiative and to learn more about how you can get involved.Thank you for your support.
Sincerely,Rev. Debra W. Haffner
Director Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing

P.S. Click here today to sign up. Thank you for your commitment.

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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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