Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community

Author: Pádraig Ó Tuama

Publisher: Canterbury Press

ISBN: 1848258682

Category: Religion

Page: 96

View: 2837

Corrymeela is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. Founded 50 years ago in the belief that people and communities can learn to live together well, it is a dispersed Christian community with 200 members and 4000 friends worldwide, hosting 11,000 guests each year. Its leader is the writer and poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama. At the heart of its life is a simple pattern of daily worship that is structured around meditation on the Gospels. This prayer book captures the essence of the Corrymeela prayer experience for everyone who wishes to incorporate its spirituality into their regular prayer practice. Structured over 31 days, it offers for each day a Bible reading, a reflection and a specially written prayer by Pádraig Ó Tuama. In addition, it includes an introduction to the spirituality of welcome that sustains Corrymeela’s remarkable work.

Readings from the Book of Exile

Author: Padraig O'Tuama,Padraig Ó Tuama

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1848252056

Category: Poetry

Page: 84

View: 8946

The first, long-awaited poetry collection from P draig Tuama, interweaving parable, poetry, art, activism and philosophy into an original and striking expression of faith. His poems emerge powerfully from a context of struggle and conflict and yet are filled with hope.

In the Shelter

Finding a Home in the World

Author: Padraig O Tuama

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1444791710

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 9566

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. Drawing on this Irish saying, poet, storyteller and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama relates ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical refelction and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world. The fourth gospel tells of Jesus arriving in the room where the disciples are gathered, full of fear, on Easter Sunday. He does not chide or admonish; instead he says 'Peace be with you', which, in the Aramaic of his day, was simply a greeting. To people locked in a room of fear he said 'Hello,' welcoming them to a place of deep encounter: encounter with themselves, with their fear, with each other and with the incarnate one in their midst. Interweaving everyday stories with narrative theology, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, In the Shelter reveals the transformational power of welcome.

Sorry for Your Troubles

Author: Pádraig Ó Tuama

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1848254628

Category: Poetry

Page: 94

View: 9074

One of the most engaging voices contemporary spirituality in is that of the Irish poet, Pádraig O'Tuama. This second poetry collection arises out of a decade of his hearing stories of people who have lived through personal and political conflict in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and other places of conflict. These poems tell stories of individuals who have lived through conflict: their loves and losses, their hope and generosity. One poem, 'Shaking hands' was written when Pádraig witnessed the historic handshake between Queen Elizabeth II and Martin McGuinness, who has since used the poem publicly. The phrase 'Sorry for your troubles' is used all over Ireland. It comes directly from an Irish phrase, yet Irish has no word for 'bereavement' - the word used is 'troiblóid'. So the phrase would be better translated 'Sorry for your bereavements'. With this in mind, this new book speaks evocatively about a time when thousands of people lost their lives and many thousands more lived through the searing pain of grief.

Jesus' Family Values

Author: Deirdre Good

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1596271639

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 1353

Many people claim to know what Jesus would say or do in the kinds of ethical dilemmas we face today, but applying "traditional" Christian values out of context actually sells Jesus' teaching short. What are Christian family values, Deirdre Good asks, why are there so many interpretations of what Jesus actually taught and said, and which of these biblical values should guide our lives? She begins by setting this conversation in the context of the Greek, Roman, Jewish, and first-century sectarian world, and criticises the attempts to use biblical texts literally in advocating for marriage and the family. Other chapters will take up the meaning of house and home, marriage and divorce, and biological ties vs. extended families and communities. Through careful attention to the words and stories of Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, and the letters of Paul, Good provides an ideal method for studying the Bible to find out what it actually says to our communities and households today.

Celtic Daily Prayer

Author: Northumbria Community, The

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007378742

Category: Religion

Page: 848

View: 4242

Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer and Complies with Meditations for the day and four years of Daily Readings from Books 1 and 2.

Finding God in the Mess

Meditations for Mindful Living

Author: Jim Deeds,Brendan Mcmanus

Publisher: Messenger Publications

ISBN: 9781910248843

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 1205

Meditations to be used by readers as a daily source of prayer; to help us find ways through the challenges, conflict, and worry that arise in our modern, technology saturated lives.

In the Shelter

Finding a Home in the World

Author: Padraig O Tuama

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781444791723

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 7847

There's an old Irish proverb: 'It is in the shelter of each other that the people live'. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world. The fourth gospel tells of Jesus arriving in the room where the disciples are gathered, full of fear, on Easter Sunday. He does not chide or admonish; instead he says 'Peace be with you', which, in the Aramaic of his day, was simply a greeting. 'Hello,' he said, welcoming people locked in a room of fear to a place of deep encounter; encounter with themselves, with their fear, with each other and with the incarnate one in their midst. Interweaving everyday stories with analysis, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, this book explores the practice of welcoming as a spiritual discipline. In particular, Pádraig tells careful stories of welcoming parts of life that are often unwelcome.

Christian Worship

Postcolonial Perspectives

Author: Michael N. Jagessar,Stephen Burns

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317545397

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 9284

Postcolonialism has greatly influenced biblical and theological criticism but has not yet entered the realm of church worship and practice. 'Christian Worship' brings the insights of postcolonial thinking to the rituals of religious life. The book critically analyses liturgical theology through the lens of postcolonialism and explores the challenges of appropriating postcolonial perspectives in Christian worship. Ranging from liturgical texts and song to Scripture, lectionaries, festivals and sacraments, this volume offers a fresh approach to liturgy that will be of interest to students of theology, seminarians and church practitioners.

In the Gift of This New Day

Author: Neil Paynter

Publisher: Wild Goose Publications

ISBN: 1849524513

Category: Religion

Page: 204

View: 5925

A book of modern, engaged prayers following the rhythm of the Iona Community's daily prayer cycle. Concerns include: health and wholeness and the ministry of healing * church renewal * the ecumenical movement * people of other faiths and beliefs and the p

Parables, Prayers, & Promises

Daily Devotions on Jesus

Author: Martha Martin

Publisher: The United Church of Canada

ISBN: 1551342421

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 2624

PREFACE: A few years ago somebody asked me how I could be so sure of my love for Jesus, a historical figure whom I can never meet. I had a really hard time answering this question in a way that did not sound fanciful and cliché. My love grew and deepened out of a relationship, and that relationship started with curiosity: who was this Jesus of Nazareth, what was his story, and why are people still talking about him some 2,000 years later? In response to that person’s question I wrote this: I met Jesus today . . . They are tall, strong, and proud, with deep cocoa skin, calluses on their fingers, blisters on their feet, and Skittles in their pocket. They are recognizable by the resiliency in their eyes, the compassion in their smile, and their ability to forgive those who trespass against them. They will be exalted with placards, hashtags, and protests, after they are killed by systems of oppression. I met Jesus today . . . It’s a little cryptic, perhaps. I was trying to say that, once I knew and loved Jesus, I started to recognize him and his passion in the brokenness and suffering around me. My love for him transferred to those I saw him in, and my life has never been the same. Each Lent we are invited to spend some time getting to know Jesus: who he was, what he did, what he taught, how he prayed, and how his ministry continues through followers of his Way. It is hoped that this book of devotions (and its corresponding study guide) based on the parables, prayers, and promises of Jesus will help deepen (or begin) your relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. Where might you meet Jesus this Lent? Alydia Smith, Worship, Music, and Spirituality

Dancing with Joy

99 Poems

Author: Roger Housden

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307494705

Category: Poetry

Page: 208

View: 6054

In his collection Risking Everything, Housden addressed love’s many aspects. Now, in Dancing with Joy, he assembles 99 poems from 69 poets that celebrate the many colors of joy. Anything can be a catalyst for joy, these poems reveal. For Wislawa Szymborska, the catalyst is a dream; for Robert Bly, being in the company of his ten-year-old son; for Gerald Stern, it is a grapefruit at breakfast; for Billy Collins, a cigarette. Dancing with Joy includes English and Italian classical and romantic works; early Chinese and Persian verse; and poets from Chile, France, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and India, plus a range of contemporary American and English poets. Whether inspiration is what you need, or an affirmation of what is already joyful in life, Dancing with Joy is a welcome treat for Housden’s numerous fans, as well as anyone looking for sheer happiness, marvelously expressed. From the Hardcover edition.

Waves of God's Embrace

Sacred Perspectives from the Ocean

Author: Winston Halapua

Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich


Category: Religion

Page: 102

View: 1146

Presents a way of understanding God and approaching the task of theology from a unique perspective - the deep understanding of and identification with the ocean of the people of the Pacific.

The Student's Companion to the Theologians

Author: Ian S. Markham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118496442

Category: Religion

Page: 1008

View: 4604

This companion brings together a team of contemporary theologians and writers to provide substantial introductions to the key people who shaped the Christian story and tradition. A substantial reference work, bringing together over 75 entries on the most important and influential theologians in the history of Christianity Structured accessibly around five periods: early centuries, middle ages, reformation period, the Enlightenment, and the twentieth-century to the present A to Z entries range from substantial essays to shorter overviews, each of which locates the theologian in their immediate context, summarizes the themes of their work, and explains their significance Covers a broad span of theologians, from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas, through to C. S. Lewis, James Cone, and Rosemary Radford Reuther Provides profiles of key Catholic, protestant, evangelical, and progressive theologians Includes a useful timeline to orientate the reader, reading lists, and a glossary of key terms

Where the River Bends

Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of Prisoners

Author: Michael T. McRay

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498201911

Category: Philosophy

Page: 214

View: 1180

Myriad works discuss forgiveness, but few address it in the prison context. For most people, prisoners exist "out of sight and out of mind." Their stories are often reduced to a few short lines in news articles at the time of arrest or conviction. But what happened before in the lives of the convicted? What has happened after? How have people in prison dealt with the harm they have caused and the harm they have suffered? What does forgiveness mean to them? What can we outsiders learn about the nature of forgiveness and prison from individuals who have both dealt and endured some of life's most painful experiences? Expanding on his MPhil dissertation Echoes from Exile (with Distinction) from Trinity College Dublin, Michael McRay's important new book brings the perspectives and stories of fourteen Tennessee prisoners into public awareness. Weaving these narratives into a survey of forgiveness literature, McRay offers a map of the forgiveness topography. At once storytelling, academic, activism, and cartography, McRay's book is as necessary as it is accessible. There is a whole demographic we have essentially ignored when it comes to conversations on forgiveness. What would we learn if we listened?

Letters from "Apartheid Street"

A Christian Peacemaker in Occupied Palestine

Author: Michael T. McRay

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620326256

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 8483

In 1984, Ron Sider challenged that until Christians are ready to risk everything in pursuit of peace, "we dare never whisper another word about pacifism . . . Unless we are ready to die developing new nonviolent attempts to reduce conflict, we should confess that we never really meant that the cross was an alternative to the sword." From this challenge, Christian Peacemaker Teams was born. Nearly thirty years later, Michael McRay too explored Sider's challenge, interning with CPT in the West Bank city of Hebron. Alongside local and international peacemakers, McRay learned how to resist the violence of occupation, sharing in the stories of a suffering people as he struggled to embody the peaceable spirit of the rabbi from Nazareth. This book tells those stories. Drawing on his personal experience with the land and its history, McRay's raw letters home tackle critical issues relevant to peacemakers everywhere: What is really happening in Palestine that mainstream media fails to report? How are Palestinians' lives being affected? How can one be peaceable amidst such violence and oppression? How should Christian discipleship influence one's pursuits of peacemaking and reconciliation? McRay's letters illustrate both the challenge and promise of the cross in today's world.

Becoming Wise

An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698409949

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 7431

“The discourse of our common life inclines towards despair. In my field of journalism, where we presume to write the first draft of history, we summon our deepest critical capacities for investigating what is inadequate, corrupt, catastrophic, and failing. The ‘news’ is defined as the extraordinary events of the day, but it is most often translated as the extraordinarily terrible events of the day. And in an immersive 24/7 news cycle, we internalize the deluge of bad news as the norm—the real truth of who we are and what we’re up against as a species. But my work has shown me that spiritual geniuses of the everyday are everywhere. They are in the margins and do not have publicists. They are below the radar, which is broken.” Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and National Humanities Medalist Krista Tippett has interviewed the most extraordinary voices examining the great questions of meaning for our time. The heart of her work on her national public radio program and podcast, On Being, has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. Scientists in a variety of fields; theologians from an array of faiths; poets, activists, and many others have all opened themselves up to Tippett's compassionate yet searching conversation. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from this luminous conversation in its many dimensions into a coherent narrative journey, over time and from mind to mind. The book is a master class in living, curated by Tippett and accompanied by a delightfully ecumenical dream team of teaching faculty. The open questions and challenges of our time are intimate and civilizational all at once, Tippett says – definitions of when life begins and when death happens, of the meaning of community and family and identity, of our relationships to technology and through technology. The wisdom we seek emerges through the raw materials of the everyday. And the enduring question of what it means to be human has now become inextricable from the question of who we are to each other. This book offers a grounded and fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century – of personal growth but also renewed public life and human spiritual evolution. It insists on the possibility of a common life for this century marked by resilience and redemption, with beauty as a core moral value and civility and love as muscular practice. Krista Tippett's great gift, in her work and in Becoming Wise, is to avoid reductive simplifications but still find the golden threads that weave people and ideas together into a shimmering braid. One powerful common denominator of the lessons imparted to Tippett is the gift of presence, of the exhilaration of engagement with life for its own sake, not as a means to an end. But presence does not mean passivity or acceptance of the status quo. Indeed Tippett and her teachers are people whose work meets, and often drives, powerful forces of change alive in the world today. In the end, perhaps the greatest blessing conveyed by the lessons of spiritual genius Tippett harvests in Becoming Wise is the strength to meet the world where it really is, and then to make it better.

Praying the Dark Hours

A Night Prayer Companion

Author: Jim Cotter

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1848251092

Category: Compline

Page: 192

View: 5721

Jim Cotter has a rare gift with words that enables him to write prayers that engage the heart and imagination as well as the mind. Here the ancient and beautiful language of night prayer is infused with fresh and striking imagery about God. Simple prayers, Psalm paraphrases and short readings for reflection open us to the mystery of God – a mystery to which we are more open at night, or when we are facing our own dark places. At night we face many things that are kept at bay by the day’s distractions. Praying the Dark Hours is a combination of two bestselling titles: Prayer at Night and Waymarks. This new edition offers structured prayer for each night of the week, based on the traditional pattern of Compline, woven together with scriptures and a short reflective reading for each day of the year and further selections for the Christian seasons.

How I Discovered Poetry

Author: Marilyn Nelson

Publisher: Speak

ISBN: 0147510058

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 4372

Looking back on her childhood in the 1950s, Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Marilyn Nelson tells the story of her development as an artist and young woman through fifty eye-opening poems.

Mutiny! Why We Love Pirates, and How They Can Save Us

Author: Kester Brewin

Publisher: Vaux

ISBN: 9780955981371

Category: Alienation (Social psychology)

Page: 172

View: 5418

What is it with pirates? From Somali fishermen to DVD hawkers to childrens parties, pirates surround us and their 'Jolly Roger' motif can be found on everything from skateboards to baby-grows. Yet the original pirates were mutineers, rebelling against the brutal and violent oppression of the princes and merchants who enslaved them. How has their fight become ours? In this highly original and ground-breaking book, Kester Brewin fuses history, philosophy and sociology to explore the place of piracy in history and culture, and, calling on Blackbeard, Luke Skywalker, Peter Pan and Odysseus, chases pirates through literature and film into the deepest realms of personal development, art, economics and belief.