Day: March 12, 2009

The Good Nigerian

Afterwards she could remember very little of what happened next. She heard the two, young women shouting at her. She felt the pain as they punched her and she fell to the ground. Then, her attackers were gone and Doris lay on the pavement in her own blood, slipping in and out of consciousness.

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A dumb, depressing document from Peter Akinola and his Church

Simon Sarmiento of Thinking Anglicans has the five-page document (signed by Peter Akinola) submitted by the Church of Nigeria in support of legislation that would outlaw same sex marriage, which is already illegal. It is chilling, especially the part where Akinola weighs in on just how long the prison sentences for the witnesses of gay marriages should be.

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March Gladness

Sports-crazed Americans may not have been looking for a way to follow the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament while supporting the Millennium Development Goals, but that didn’t stop the Rev. Mike Kinman of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation from developing one. Check it out.

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Thanksgiving in the wilderness

It is easy to be thankful when everything is going well. But how to be thankful when things are not going so well? The company is on shaky ground and the job may disappear; the kids are going through a really rough time; the economy appears as unstable as it has been in many years; people we love are seriously ill or have died; the future is uncertain. What can I say to those suffering, to you, about these things in your lives?

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Physician of souls

Gregory the Great, writing over five hundred years after Paul, composed one of the first manuals on pastoral care and Christian leadership. This work, sent by Gregory to Leander of Seville, was highly praised and enjoyed a wide readership, including Alfred the Great and Charlemagne.

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