I will never believe in this God

I will never believe in: The God who “surprises” man in a sin of weakness.The God who condemns material things.The God who loves pain.The God who flashes a red light against human joys.The God who is a magician and sorcerer.The God who makes himself feared or does not allowpeople to talk informally to him.The God who makes Himself the monopoly of a church,a race, a culture, or a caste.The God who plays at condemning.The God who “sends” people to hell.The God incapable of forgiving what many men condemn.The God incapable of understanding that children willalways get themselves...
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John Churchman’s latest poetic reflections

Seeds of Love   My religion has largely to do with Doingwhile my spirituality has to do withBeing. I guess this is why so many religionistscan be spiritually destituteandso many deeply spiritual peopleare able to transcend religion. At our deepest core,there seems to be an inviolable truththat attracts, heals, inspires, and unites.It is a truth which defies description and articulation.It isA Communion of Spirit. It seems that the deepest level of communicationis not communication,but wordless Communion,beyond speech, beyond concepts. The metaphor of lifethat works for me is that we are all...
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Editorial Opinion : Sustainable Human Development started in Bethlehem

On 25 December, Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas, the (presumed) anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. It is lamentable that nowadays, even among devout Christians, celebrating Christmas often degenerates into a consumerist frenzy. The use and abuse of credit cards may bring comfort to merchants but obscures the real significance of the feast for those who confess the Christian faith. For they believe that this was the blessed event of God assuming human nature and abiding in human flesh (John 1:14): God becoming human so that humanity can be divinized. It is hereby proposed...
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A Reflection on Advent (and Christmas)

  Once again, with the beginning of Advent, the cycle of the church year brings us back to the threshold of the Mystery of Salvation. Once again, we are called to enter into that aspect of the Christian consciousness that owns up to its poverty and insufficiency. We are called to wait; we are called to journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. We accept the wait because we understand that salvation is the pure Gift of God to humanity. In a society given to ceaseless activity, the need to wait has been by-passed. Our secular, technical culture proposes instant gratification and rejects the very...
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Church Notes 20th December 2010

Church Notes 20th December 2010   New evidence of First World War Christmas truces uncovered Opposing troops putting aside their differences in 1914 to share Christmas carols and exchange gifts is one of the most enduring images of World War One. In that first festive season on the Western Front, British and German soldiers put down their weapons and met in no man’s land, but as the brutality of war deepened, so did divisions and such scenes of unity were never repeated. Now a University of Aberdeen historian is challenging our long-held belief in this one-off phenomenon, arguing that...
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