Lectionary revision

Litany of Penitence

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/23/2012 - 08:28

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, church-goers recited the “Litany of Penitence.”  One petition struck me in particular, “Accept our repentance, Lord, …. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us.”  (Italics mine)

Wouldn’t this be an example of prejudice and contempt?  We hear it read aloud on the third Sunday in Lent every third year:

Does a Charge of Bigotry Depend on Context?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 01/24/2012 - 08:26

The front page of The New York Times today carried this headline, “In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims.”  The article begins,

“Ominous music plays as images appear on the screen: Muslim terrorists shoot Christians in the head, car bombs explode, executed children lie covered by sheets and a doctored photograph shows an Islamic flag flying over the White House.  ‘This is the true agenda of much of Islam in America,’ a narrator intones.”

Hear, Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest Anti-Semitism?

Submitted by admin on Tue, 12/13/2011 - 08:25

In an often-quoted Sunday Collect we pray,

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

A Helpful Resource

Submitted by admin on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 08:23

With the new church year beginning next Sunday, this book can start us off on the right foot.  Preaching the Gospels without Blaming the Jews by Ronald J. Allen and Clark M. Williamson goes through the three-year cycle of Sunday lectionary readings, showing the positive connections between the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels.

Straw in the Wind

Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 09:22

The headline reads, “U.S. Seminaries Consider Radical Changes.”  An article by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, written on 31 October 2011, reports:

Around the country, schools are testing new approaches to theological education. In California, Claremont School of Theology will require that would-be Christian pastors will soon take some courses alongside future rabbis and imams at an institution to be named Claremont Lincoln University.

It goes on:

What About Krystall-Tag?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/12/2011 - 12:30

KRYSTALLNACHT  11/9
Does Krystallnacht still evoke images for us today?  On the night it happened, the 9th of November, 1939, the “Night of Broken Glass” sent shock waves around the world.  The Daily Telegraph in London carried this account on November 11th:

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