While in the house, residents will engage in several environmental and religious activities, including growing and harvesting their own individual plots of land, buying produce from local farmers markets, participating in group prayer sessions and committing to community service project
With the new film Slumdog Millionaire currently grabbing headlines and awards, there is growing awareness of these slums of India. Rev Canon Pat Atkinson’s dedication to helping some of the very poorest people in the world has led to her being called Norfolk’s Mother Teresa.
How do congregations make the shift from nostalgia to a new story like neighborhood? What kind of leadership is needed–by pastors and lay leaders–to move beyond the stuck places of “we’ve always done it this way” to a new way of listening for “where are we being led?”
Should black families whose ancestors suffered horribly be given land or money, grave markers and plaques or at least a public acknowledgment and apology at the cost of the descendants of the white families who abused them? What about removing statutes of limitations from legal cases filing claims to lost land?
And why did Jesus touch the leper, since the law forbade the touching of a leper? He touched him to show that “all things are clean to the clean.” Because the filth that is in one person does not adhere to others, nor does external uncleanness defile the clean of heart.