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Theology of Community
"As a crucial theological datum in Israel that cannot be reduced to a single uniform formulation, the covenant is as rich and plural as is any lively relationship. It still lives as Israel, in its deep trust, adjudicated YHWH's harsh demands and deep commitments. The covenant poses for Israel the difficult issue of fidelity from God and toward God. Israel knows that fidelity on God's part is freely given, but is never cheap and never mocked."
Communities of Faith - Being Church (1)
"The church is the place where Christianity moves from theory to practice, from theology to incarnate faith."
Core Convocation on Community
Thursday, March 6 - 9:45 a.m. Grantham BIC Church
Dr. Larry James - President and CEO, Central Dallas Ministries
"Many very generous Christians find themselves increasingly tired and dispirited not so much because the work is hard or the success slight, but because they feel isolated, unsupported, and left alone. People who say, "I wonder if anyone cares what I am doing. I wonder if my superior, my friends at home, or the people who sent me ever think about me, ever pray about me, ever consider me part of their lives," are in real spiritual danger. We are able to do many hard things, tolerate many conflicts, overcome many obstacles, and persever under many pressures, but when we no longer experience ourselves as part of a caring, supporting, praying community, we quickly lose faith."
Communities of Faith -Anabaptist Vision (3)
"The essential and distinguishing characteristic of this church is its great emphasis upon the actual personal conversion and regeneration of every Christian through the Holy Spirit......the Anabaptists were concerned most of all about "a true Christian life", that is, a life patterened after the teaching and example of Christ."
Harold S. Bender
Communities of Faith and National Allegiance
"The question of citizenship is essentially a question of competing loyalties, all of which may demand our wholehearted -- and perhaps contradictory -- allegiance....But I want to look for ways to be creatively Christian and creatively American, drawing on the best from both traditions."
Lee Camp Keith Graber-Miller
"Is it possible, in higher education, to create conditions that can help all of us grow our own identity and integrity, to become strange attractors of community, each in his or her own way?"
Parker J. Palmer
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Community in the United States
"As we have seen, something has happened in America in the last two or three decades to diminish civic engagement and social connectedness. What could that "something" be?"
"In these wonderful stories, Wang Anyi has done even more than create a vivid gallery of how some human beings intensely lived through years of enormous upheaval....Through the magic of art, she has enmeshed us in these lives and carried us into understanding the circumstances, humanity, pain, and promise fo those years." Tillie Olsen
Persuasive Essays on Community
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