Posts Tagged ‘National Back to Church Sunday (10/18/2011)


9.28.2011 … it’s a LOL kinda day …

LOL:  Here are three for you … all found via Facebook friends. 🙂

Encyclopaedia Britannica, apps, kith/kin:  At our house the arrival of the encyclopedia Britannica was a VERY big deal.  This may be a gift to me!

I’ve been testing this new iPad app, and I like it. It is much cleaner and more attractive than the cluttered Britannica website and sports some nice features, including a dynamic “link map” showing the relationship between topics in a visual format. Unlike the Web version, it is free of ads. The app is expected to be available in a couple of weeks.

Whether or not this new Britannica app is for you will be a personal decision based on what you’re looking for; and how much you value an edited, highly curated source over the broader, more easily updated, but crowd-sourced, Wikipedia, which also is available via a variety of iPad apps. Of course, many subscribers to Britannica will still use Wikipedia or other Web sources for research.

via Encyclopaedia Britannica Now Fits Into an App – Walt Mossberg – Personal Technology – AllThingsD.

Lewis and Clark expedition,  Chinook Tribe, descendants, amends, history:  This story made me feel good …

A wrong, 205 years old, was righted Saturday along the banks of the Columbia River. Under swaying alder trees and in the smoke of cooking salmon, a private ceremony of forgiveness was held between a nation and a family.

In 1806, members of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition stole a canoe from the Chinook Indian Nation days before the Corps’ return journey up the Columbia River from their winter camp at Fort Clatsop. On Saturday, a replica of that canoe was given back to the tribe by descendants of Captain William Clark.

Lewis and Clark justified the theft as payback for elk meat the tribe had earlier stolen from the expedition. But the tribe already had paid back its debt. More likely, the expedition members knew their crudely constructed canoes couldn’t match the fast and expertly made tribal canoes, or they simply needed an extra one and didn’t have the time to make it.

Fast-forward 200 years to a Virginia river where Clark descendant Carlota “Lotsie” Clark Holton wound up in a canoe with Ray Gardner, chairman of the Chinook Nation, during an American Rivers organization outing.

Holton knew her ancestor had taken the canoe, but it wasn’t until that 2008 chance meeting that she learned from Gardner that a canoe is just more than a means of conveyance to native peoples.

“I never realized that a canoe was a living part of the Chinook. It’s like a wife or child,” Lotsie Holton said.

Canoes were indeed like a member of the family and are sacred, said Kate Elliott, Chinook Tribal councilwoman.

“If you took a house and a car and your kids and put them all into one thing, that would be how important a canoe is to native tribes,” Elliott said.

In a time before roads, canoes were essential to the native way of life. A canoe was the Chinook people’s means for food, protection, trading and funeral practices. Canoe construction took months, and the know-how was passed down through generations.

It was shortly after that meeting on the river that Holton and her husband, Rick, residents of St. Louis, decided to make amends.

And so on Saturday, a sea-worthy 36-foot replica canoe was repatriated to the Chinook people at Fort Columbia State Park.

via 205 years after Lewis and Clark expedition stole canoe from Chinook, descendants make amends | Local News – The News Tribune.

young adults, faith and spirituality, Church, kith/kin:  To be honest I did not go to Church when I was a young adult … but are they not coming back in their late twenties/early thirties?  This takes a very negative view of current culture.

Why Young Adults Are Walking Away From Church.

It’s no surprise we’ve walked away from traditional institutions in droves; we feel we owe them precisely what they’ve given us.

The redemption of such cultural ambiguity is that assumptions and stereotypes fall short more often than they apply, causing us to have to take people more at face value, discerning what they believe through face-to-face discourse. We crave more intimate, direct connection with one another because, in doing so, we hope to find out more about who we are as well.

It is here, as Harris points out, that real change takes place: where two or more are gathered. The talking points and ready-made labels fall short, giving way to a deeper concern for the humanity at the center of each life. The effect on her was that she “determined not to let dogma swallow up my personality and poison my sense of charity. I promised myself that I would remember that people are more important than clinging to beliefs.”

Call it cynical, iconoclastic or even destructive to the fabric of society, but placing humanity above ideals seems the only hope we have for living out Christ’s call to love one another as ourselves. In so much as politics and religion both have failed to yield the result they had promised, it’s now up to us to plant new seeds, together, one at a time.

via Christian Piatt: Why Young Adults Are Walking Away From Church.

church, National Back to Church Sunday (10/18/2011):  I, too, failed to make it on 10/18.  But this is a great analysis of why we should go and what to reasonably expect.

September 18 was National Back to Church Sunday.

It’s OK. I missed it, too.

A lot of folks I know — people who would describe themselves as “Christian” or “believer” and those who would not — struggle with the idea of church. They’re gun shy.

The idea of joining a community where they might not fit in, where they could be judged unkindly, where there is an unspoken (and sometimes clearly verbalized) set of cultural norms and expectations that they’d have a hard time living up to, is daunting.

Church is supposed to be a safe place. A refuge in the storm. A haven of not just acceptance, but love. A sanctuary of grace.

Too often, for too many of us, it is not safe, loving, welcoming, or full of grace. That’s because church is a human institution and as faulted, imperfect and maddening as human beings themselves.

Perhaps that is why I got a lump in my throat when I watched the promotional video (above) about National Back to Church Sunday.

Messaging is a tricky thing but man, did they get it right.

Listen to how church is described in the video:

a place for new beginnings

imperfect people welcome

people are priceless

right where God wants you

come as you are

doubts welcome


“See, it’s not about a religion. It’s about a relationship. So please, come to my church, where nobody’s perfect, where beginners are welcome, where socks are optional, but GRACE is required. Where forgiveness is offered, where hope is alive, and where it’s OK to not be OK. Really.”

Amen and Hallelujah!

That is a message worth sharing, an invitation that begs to be shared. That is the good news. That is the Gospel.

Thanks be to God.

via Church: Socks Are Optional but Grace is Required – Cathleen Falsani – God’s Politics Blog.

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