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[ENS] World Report / Weeks Ahead / Catalyst: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time

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Date Wed, 20 Sep 2006 11:34:03 -0400

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Daybook -- Today is Wednesday, September 20, 2006 (Ember Day). The Church calendar remembers John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia, and his Companions, martyrs, (1827-1871)

* Today in Scripture: Daily Office meditation * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: * Today in History: On this day in 1980, Willis Ryan Henton was invested as the first Bishop of the Western Diocese of Louisiana, now known as the Diocese of Western Louisiana. r=80330 - - -

World Report

* AFRICA: Churches seek strong presence at Nairobi's World Social Forum * ANGLICAN COMMUNION: Communiqué from the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission * EGYPT: Communiqué from the Anglican/Al-Azhar dialogue committee * ENGLAND: Bishop challenges supermarkets to lighten up Halloween * ENGLAND: Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on The Good Childhood Inquiry * RWANDA: Foreign students attend lecture on Gacaca court system * SOUTH AFRICA: Bishop calls for holistic strategy against HIV/AIDS

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Weeks Ahead




September 20, 2006

NEW YORK CITY: London Bishop Chartres delivers Seventh Annual Hobart Lecture

September 22, 2006

ENOSBURG FALLS, Vermont: Moral Values and Public Policy forums

September 23, 2006

NEWARK, New Jersey: Diocese to meet in special convention

September 24, 2006

BENNINGTON, Vermont: Free course on energy conservation at St. Peter's

September 25, 2006

BARRINGTON, Illinois: Development seminar open to lay leaders and clergy

September 26, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas: Blandy lectures set for ETSS

September 28, 2006

EVANSTON, Illinois: Calling Congregations Conference

September 29, 2006

SEATTLE, Washington: 2006 Stewardship Conference GREAT FALLS, Montana: Diocese to meet in convention

September 30, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Funeral arrangements for Verna Dozier LONG ISLAND, New York: Memorial service for Joyce Hogg FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas to host interfaith conference

October 1, 2006

ENOSBURG, Vermont: "An Inconvenient Truth" in Enosburg NEW YORK CITY: Harlem church to host art exhibition

October 5, 2006

WASILLA, Alaska: Diocese to meet in convention DENVER, Colorado: Diocese to meet in convention

October 6, 2006

WILLISTON, North Dakota: Diocese to meet in convention FALLON, Nevada: Diocese to meet in convention

October 7, 2006...

NEW YORK CITY: Financial Leaders Conference

October 8, 2006

BENNINGTON, Vermont: St. Peter's set for the Blessing of the Animals

October 9, 2006

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Upward Bound training

October 12, 2006

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: Series will explore the world of C.S. Lewis NEW YORK CITY: Bishop Gene Robinson to speak at General Seminary

October 13, 2006

BERKELEY, CA: Bonnie Anderson to lecture at CDSP CARLSBAD, New Mexico: Diocese to meet in convention LA GRANDE, Oregon: Diocese to meet in convention

October 14, 2006

BENNINGTON, Vermont: An introduction to anti-racism awareness workshop NEW YORK CITY: Episcopal Charities sponsors 'Embracing the Immigrant'

October 17, 2006

NEW YORK CITY: Interchurch Center host first women in religion conference

October 19, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: Diocese to meet in convention

October 22, 2006

TRENTON, New Jersey: Celebrating anniversary of women's ordination

October 28, 2006

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona: Second annual Healing Mission Weekend NATIONAL: A Live Internet Conference




September 22, 2006

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama: Advent in Birmingham

September 23, 2006

PORTLAND, Maine: Haiti Choir coming to Maine

October 1, 2006

FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania: St. Thomas holds Celtic Service SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Organ recital

October 4, 2006

NEW YORK CITY: Saxophonist and organist duo to perform at Holy Apostles

October 7, 2006

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey: Lift Your Voice, Too featuring Horace Boyer

October 15, 2006

NEW YORK CITY: Queens College Orchestra with Stephen Hamilton WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cathedral Choral Society concert season begins

October 22, 2006

NEW YORK CITY: Celebrating ministries of the Presiding Bishop and his wife

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Catalyst: "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & The Heart of Contemporary Faith" from HarperCollins Publishers, by Marcus J. Borg, 150 pages, paperback, $13.95

[Source: Morehouse Publishing] Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. Now, in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.

"Believing in Jesus does not mean believing doctrines about him," Borg writes. "Rather, it means to give one's heart, one's self at its deepest level, to ... the living Lord."

Drawing on his own journey from a naive, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life--one not rooted in creeds or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.

In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus' character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith. For questioning believers, doubters, and reluctant unbelievers alike, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time frees our understanding of Jesus' life and message from popular misconceptions and outlines the way to a sound and contemporary faith: "For ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present. Meeting that Jesus--the living one who comes to us even now -- will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time."

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