In his boldly-titled blog post “Beauty will Save the World,” Dr. Curt Thompson urges readers to find and create beauty in art and the natural world even, and especially, during the stress of a global pandemic. He argues that noticing and creating beauty brings us into the present moment.
The church has often been at the forefront of emergency response to natural disasters, but it’s not as well-prepared to address public health crises, Dr. Jamie Aten told Christian Courier. Aten is the founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College in Illinois. Since COVID-19 hit North America in March, Aten and his colleagues have poured all their disaster-response knowledge into helping churches respond.
Kent Annan considers the current world-wide refugee crisis “a chance for the church to shine.” His new book You Welcomed Me will be released on November 27, 2018 to encourage churches to help and welcome refugees. Annan spoke with Christian Courier about this upcoming book in August. In his words, “This topic is actually a spiritual topic. We can decide how hospitable – or not – to be.”
“It is tough to see God’s goodness when you have not eaten in three days,” Msenwa Oliver Mweneake says, “when your parents may not be alive, your childhood village is gone and there are dead bodies all around.”
When reading the Bible for the first time, Blackmer was struck by how often Jesus would go up a mountain, into the wilderness or to a lonely place to pray. Rooted in Jesus’ prayer practice, Church of the Woods offers its small core congregation and those who visit from far-flung places a chance to connect with God and each other in this rugged woods, a “scrabbly, scruffy, somewhat mysterious” corner of creation.
EduDeo Ministries recently celebrated one year of operations at their new office location at in Hamilton, Ontario. The new office space is named “Campus 621” for the street address (621 Barton St. East), and their goal is for this place to be “a space where people will work together for local and global renewal.”
“Let’s ensure that all live well and die well.” Physician Naheed Dosani gave his audience this challenge at a TEDx event in Stouffville, Ontario last year. “Let’s ensure that everyone has a dignified death. It is often said that the best way to judge a society is by how it treats its most vulnerable.”
“It’s an experience that I think has the potential to, if not change your life, help you resolve life problems. To be in the presence of artists who have had mystical experiences and have been able to convey them through their works of art is an experience absolutely not to be missed.”
Judith Farris examines three organizations that are rethinking food banks as they help provide for the needs of those in poverty while preserving their dignity and empowering them.
“I will never plant a church again,” Joe Manafo says.
“I had the best church planting experience one could ask for. I planted alongside the best people, who were also my best friends. The location was perfect, the setting ideal and the timing, just right.
In an interview with Christian Courier in early August 2016, World Vision Canada’s president Michael Messenger commented, “We’re deeply concerned with the situation (in South Sudan).” In November 2015, Messenger visited South Sudan, calling it one of the most “fragile contexts” in which World Vision works: “It is one of the toughest places in the world that we work in terms of security, in terms of safety, and in terms of the ability to see long-term impact.”
Kent Annan’s recent book, Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly in the world, offers five practices for the work of justice-seeking: attention, confession, respect and partnering. Kent is co-director of the nonprofit organization Haiti Partners. He recently promoted this new book at the community-based restaurant 541 Eatery & Exchange in Hamilton, Ontario, among other Canadian venues.