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Spring Chapel Movement Resources

Books:

Bruxy Cavey
End of Religion
Kent Annan
After Schock; Following Jesus Through the Eye of a Needle
Margot Starbuck
The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching for a Father Who Does Not Fail; Unsqueezed: Springing Free from Skinny Jeans, Nose Jobs, Highlights and Stilettos (IVP); Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor (IVP)
Christopher West
Good News About Sex & Marriage; Theology of the Body Explained; Theology of the Body for Beginners
Shane Claiborne
The Irresistible Revolution; Jesus for President; Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers
Tony Dungy
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance; Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life

Websites:

Films

Experiences

  • Black History Month: MLK, Jr Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Check the Patriot News or PennLive.com for events in the area
  • Sexuality: Attend a 6th Day event (planned by Ellie Addleman)
  • Poverty: Kent Annan alternate chapel; alternate chapels on The End of Poverty and a series on Hunger and Poverty associated with the Schrag Lectures; the I58 focus during Lent by student chaplains. Visit a local soup kitchen or ministry (connect through the Agape Center for partners with Messiah College)
  • Participate in May cross cultural or summer missions (Epicenter and Agape Center)
  • Library Resources: Beth Transue has a list of suggested resources to draw from if you want to encourage further discussion about any chapel topics.

Messiah College Video Library has a variety of videos with several different positions addressed and even contrasted on LGBTQ issues. Here is a list and brief explanation of some videos we have:

  1. Video: For the Bible Tells Me So - Pro-gay, argues that the Bible is being misinterpreted
  2. Video: Body of Dissent - gay and lesbian Mennonites and Brethren
  3. An Acceptable Sacrifice- appears to be third way from Anglican perspective
  4. Science, Scripture and Homosexuality- calls for using modern interpretive techniques
  5. Facing Our Differences - developed from workshops within World Council of Churches
  6. Faithful Conversation - multiple Christian perspectives
  7. Welcoming but not Affirming
  8. Homosexuality and Christian Faith - accepting gays into the family of God. Essays  from various writers and perspectives
  9. Love is an Orientation (discussed at the meeting)
  10. Of Sacred Worth - appears to be similar to third way
  11. Talking about Homosexuality - guide for group discussions
  12. Other Voices, Other Worlds - global perspectives
  13. Out of the Shadows into the Light - based on theologically diverse conference
  14. More than Welcome - in foreword, author states that homosexuality is not a sin, so book is written from that perspective. But stated purpose of book is to bypass that question, and discuss making the church a welcoming place.
  15. We Were Baptized Too - a call to include gay and lesbian Christians in the church community

Quotes, Scripture and Lyrics

"If I hit you and you hit me, and I hit you back and you hit me back, and so on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum.  It just never ends.  Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that's the strong person.  The strong person is the person who can cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil." -extract from King's last column for Ebony, after doctors advised him to limit his commitments following his stabbing, October 1958

Strength Will Rise

You Tube Video
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord

Our God, You reign forever
Our hope, our Strong Deliverer

You are the everlasting God
The everlasting God
You do not faint You won't grow weary

You're the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Our God

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Water you turned into wine, opened the eyes of the blind there's no one like you none like You!
Into the darkness you shine out of the ashes we rise there's no one like you none like You!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

Into the darkness you shine out of the ashes we rise there's no one like you
none like You!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!

And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us.
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against.
What could stand against.

Marvelous Light

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I once was fatherless
A stranger with no hope
Your kindness wakened me
Awakened me, from my sleep

Your love it beckons deeply
A call to come and die
By grace now I will come
And take this life, take Your life

Sin has lost it's power
Death has lost it's sting
From the grave You've risen
Victoriously

Into marvelous light I'm running
Out of darkness, out of shame
By the cross You are the truth
You are the life, You are the way

My dead heart now is beating
My deepest stains now clean
Your breath fills up my lungs
Now I'm free, now I'm free

Sin has lost it's power
Death has lost it's sting
From the grave You've risen
Victoriously

Lift my hands and spin around
See the light that I have found
Oh the marvelous light
Marvelous light

O Church Arise

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O Church Arise and put your armour on
Hear the call of Christ our Captain
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies
An army bold whose battle-cry is Love
Reaching out to those in darkness

Our call to war to love the captive soul
But to rage against the captor
And with the sword that makes the wounded whole
We will fight with faith and valour
When faced with trials on every side
We know the outcome is secure
And Christ will have the prize for which He died
An inheritance of nations

Come see the cross where love and mercy meet
As the Son of God is stricken
Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet
For the Conqueror has risen
And as the stone is rolled away
And Christ emerges from the grave
This victory march continues till the day
Every eye and heart shall see Him

So Spirit come put strength in every stride
Give grace for every hurdle
That we may run with faith to win the prize
Of a servant good and faithful
As saints of old still line the way
Retelling triumphs of His grace
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When with Christ we stand in glory

Amazing Grace (my chains are gone)

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Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine

Scripture


Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)

2Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you;
   do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
   I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)


I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Psalm 18:32-34 (NIV)


It is God who arms me with strength
   and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
   he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
   my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Matthew 17:20 (NIV)


He replied, “Because you have so little faith.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”