Daybook -- Today is Friday, September 8, 2006.
* Today in Scripture: Daily Office meditation http://eds.libsyn.com * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acp/index.cfm * Today in History: On this day in 1983, Presiding Bishop John M. Allin announced that Judith Gillespie had been named deputy to the executive for World Mission in Church and Society at the Episcopal Church Center. http://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/ENS/ENSpress_release.pl?pr_numbe r=83157
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Audio: Bonnie Anderson reflects on General Convention, upholds MDGs
[ENS] Bonnie Anderson, recently elected president of the General Convention's House of Deputies, speaks about the rich history of the Episcopal Church's decision-making processes and the mission priorities emphasized at its 75th General Convention, held in June in Columbus, Ohio.
"These mission priorities placed Justice and Peace -- Promoting justice and peace for all of God's creation and continuing and accelerating the leadership role and programs of the Episcopal Church, which support the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the dioceses of the Episcopal Church and in the world -- as the number one priority," she said, challenging all people to focus upon the mission of reconciliation in the world and particularly with the global poor.
An audio stream of Anderson's message is available at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_59911_ENG_HTM.htm
Full text: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_77622_ENG_HTM.htm _ _ _
Catalyst: "Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace" from Zondervan, by Miroslav Volf, 247 pages, paperback, $12.99
[Source: Zondervan] An exploration of how we can be transformed by the God who gives abundantly and who forgives unconditionally. We are at our human best when we give and forgive. But we live in a world in which it makes little sense to do either one. In our increasingly graceless culture, where can we find the motivation to give? And how do we learn to forgive when forgiving seems counterintuitive or even futile? A deeply personal yet profoundly thoughtful book, Free of Charge explores these questions - and the further questions to which they give rise -- in light of God's generosity and Christ's sacrifice for us. Miroslav Volf draws from popular culture as well as from a wealth of literary and theological sources, weaving his rich reflections around the sturdy frame of Paul's vision of God's grace and Martin Luther's interpretation of that vision. Blending the best of theology and spirituality, he encourages us to echo in our own lives God's generous giving and forgiving. A fresh examination of two practices at the heart of the Christian faith-giving and forgiving- Free of Charge is at the same time an introduction to Christianity. Even more, it is a compelling invitation to Christian faith as a way of life.
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