A great quick read from our friends and neighbors at the Bonhoeffer House featured on the Huffington Post.
Brandon Lazarus, seminarian at Perkins, responds to Romney’s comments from the recent leaked video about the 47 percent of Americans who receive some form of assistance from the government (including something like student loans).
“We invite the community into our home to eat and pray because we want to be close not just our own friends in the house but also our neighbors. Once you get to know someone more intimately, you get to think of them as a brother or sister and their needs become your needs,” Lazarus said.
“To say that people are entitled to food, I would agree. My Christian beliefs tell me that we should care for those who are hungry, without shelter, those who are in prison”
I give kudos to the Bonhoeffer house for extending God’s table into our neighborhood in some cool ways. Their perspective always reminds me to see these issues from different sides and remember how complex our world is. Working to end hunger in our communities, to insure that children and families have ways to get nourishment, is not a partisan issue – it’s not about us and them. It’s about all of us, the way we live, the things we value, and the kinds of communities we want to live in. May we continue to pray and work and advocate for the least of these among us.
Heads up – there will be a free concert on September 11, 7-9 pm, featuring members of the Mount Vernon Music Association. Spend that day in reflection with soothing and heavenly string sounds. More info on the link above.
I’ve updated the Faith in the City pub ministry site with locations for the next several weeks.
Tomorrow, the crew hits Zini’s in Deep Ellum (2639-C Elm St, Dallas, TX) at 7:30 pm. We’ll share pizza and conversation. From what I hear, the group will gather in the loft, so head on upstairs once you get there. There should be free parking in the neighborhood, but watch out for the pay spaces. They will boot your car.
The topic from Banned Questions about Jesus is this interesting one – “Did Jesus study other religions? Which ones?”
While I doubt Jesus took a comparative religious studies course in school, this question challenges us to look back at Jesus’ historic setting. What other religions were active? Did these influence Jesus in anyway? For example, Phil Snider points out that the presence and practice of Zoroastrianism in Jesus’ time. More significantly, it was the Roman Empire’s system of gods and emperor worship that Jesus no doubt had to respond to throughout his ministry.
Less likely, Jesus’ trip to India as detailed in the great book, Lamb.
Rev. Douglass Anne will lead the conversation tomorrow night, and she has some great insights to get things started.
See you then!
Hey everyone, just in case you were wondering, our great Wholeness group is on hiatus until September, as everyone gets through vacation and other things first. We’ll meet on September 12 and 26 to get things going again and continue our reading and growth of Gerald May’s Addiction & Grace. See you then!
Faith in the City is back at Bryan Street Tavern tonight, kicking off our conversation to close out the summer. We’ll meet around 7:30 pm to order drinks and food and begin our conversation. Anyone is welcome to join, wherever you are on a journey of faith. You can always find a taste of who we are at our website, clicking the the link at the start of this paragraph.
I think we will firm up some new locations to try out for the fall as well, venturing over into Deep Ellum.
See you tonight!