World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith

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Reconstructing the Gospel – Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Foreword by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II

At Google Books

At a library

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Every book reviewer lives in a context.

Mine is peppered with influences:

ADRIS Newsletter back in the day (Thank you, David Moberg).

Gailyn Van Rheenen (et. al. from ACU and some professors from FHU) Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement.

Global Church, localized manifestations / incarnations through this lens.

I’m a long-time fanboy of OMSC. Was looking at Thomas John Hastings, What Is This New Thing God Is Doing? in International Bulletin of Mission Research

Saw this in their audio lecture archives this a.m.
Faith and Life: Theological Formation off the Grid – Ruth Padilla DeBorst

While Thomas John Hastings didn’t mention the Spirit’s current emphasis on bi-vocational missioning (Clergy perks, y’all #500thAnniversaryProtestantReformation), Ruth Padilla DeBorst did.

Cybermissiology in global “interdenominational” (church universal / global beloved community / ekklesia)

Also seen recently The Archbishop Romero Trust 

Stephen R. Haynes: The battle for Bonhoeffer

Martin Luther King: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

John Pavlovitz: The Sins of Christians Choosing The Economy Over Morality

Max Keiser interviews Dr. Michael Hudson re: “…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption — From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year.” #PoorPeoplesCampaign

Eric Toussaint: Debt Cancellation in Mesopotamia and Egypt from 3000 to 1000 BC

Michael Hudson: The Land Belongs to God

The Benefits of Debt Relief December 19, 2013

Dr. Peter Steinke, Church – Making the Future Work, Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare

Dr. Peter Steinke, internationally respected author and church consultant, applies systems theory to developing and maintaining healthy congregations. “Church – Making the Future Work” was a one-day seminar presented by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and CitySquare as a part of the “Equipping for Ministry” Series. Published on Jun 16, 2014

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Religion Resources Updates

Ever since my ADRIS Newsletter days, I’ve become more intrigued by economic and sociological data around the practices of global Christianity, my particular tribe (especially the economics of denominationalism, but I digress). News arrived via the Evangelical Studies Bulletin that the Wheaton College is closing the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals and that the Missions Dissertation Database formerly hosted at Yale will be moving to the Overseas Ministries Studies Center.

I learned earlier this year that Nicholas Holland had bought the building that formerly housed the Glenmary Research Center (said Center has moved to Cincinnati, OH).

The Alban Institute has recently relocated to Duke University.

Gary Holloway Appeals on behalf of World Convention

December, 2011

Dear partner in Christian unity:

Great news! Thanks to a generous donor, if you give to World Convention by the end of December, your gift will be matched up to $10,000!

So even if you have already given this year, I ask you to give again. If you have thought of giving but have not, now would be a great time.

These gifts will assist people like Martin Phiri. For years he has worked faithfully as a minister in Kenya, tirelessly spreading the good news of Jesus. With few resources, he is managing (with God’s help) to produce a self-sustaining ministry. What is more, he is on the board of World Convention.

But he does not have the resources to attend our Global Gathering in Brazil next year.

And he is not alone. From Latin America, Asia, and other parts of Africa, we receive numerous requests for assistance to attend the Gathering.

That is why I write you. The question is “Are we a World Convention?” Or are we only a first world convention? Will we have a Global Gathering? Or just a gathering of Brazilians and those from North America, Australia, and other places who can afford to come?

For the next eight months, all donations to World Convention in excess of our annual expenses will go toward funding travel grants to those who want to attend the Global Gathering.

Last week I heard a presentation on the shift of Christian numbers to the Global South. There are now more Christians, and more members of the Stone-Campbell Movement in Latin America, Africa, and Asia than there are in North America and Europe. Yet the overwhelming amount of financial resources is still in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Will we share with our brothers and sisters in need? One way to do that is to give generously to World Convention, to allow us to see them face-to-face in Goiania.

I hope you have registered to attend the Global Gathering. If so, would you help make it possible for others? If you cannot personally attend, you can be there in the person of a brother or sister from another part of God’s world. And whatever gift you give supports our continuing ministry of Christian unity.

God is at work among us! He asks us to join in his work worldwide.

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