By Chris Hughes Outside the brick walls of the historic First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., chaos was rising to a fever pitch. White nationalists and white supremacists by the hundreds were rallying throughout the quaint college town to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. They proudly brandished … Continue reading
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Together for Hope participates in Relay of Kindness and Models Collaboration
By Jennifer Colosimo A story’s most profound message most often comes from the people who lived it. So, in the case of the first Relay of Kindness, hearing it called “a story of collaboration,” transfers the focus of the story from numbers to people, from statistics to hearts and hands. Those words come from Mark … Continue reading
Half Christian/Half Muslim?
The following post comes from one of CBF’s field personnel, Rick Sample. You can read about Rick and Lita Sample’s ministry in the most recent edition of the fellowship! magazine. Can someone be half Christian and half Muslim? Recently, I had an interesting conversation with one of my friends who is an immigrant from a … Continue reading
Would you wear hijab for a day?
February 1st was World Hijab Day. For those of you who might not know, hijab is the head covering worn by some Muslim women. The idea was to invite women who do not hijab, both Muslim and women of other faiths, to wear the covering for one day to increase awareness and understanding. Many, perhaps … Continue reading
Where is God?
I am not weighing in on the gun debate. No matter which side of the debate you agree with, I do not personally know ANYONE that resonates with and in anyway condones what took place in New York and Connecticut. I can’t begin to do as well as others in expressing the horror, disbelief, and … Continue reading
In general I don’t like emails that have been forwarded a dozen times. However, I do usually have a look at what I have been sent unless I have reason to suspicion a virus or such. Why take the time? It gives me a glimpse into how others are thinking about politics, faith, or daily … Continue reading
Freedom for peace or for pain?
I probably should work a little harder at commenting in a more timely fashion about current events. Truthfully, it takes me a while to figure out how I feel about things. That was not true with recent events. I know how I immediately reacted and felt about the film depicting the Prophet Mohammed. I know … Continue reading
Anyone for a little ‘tarof’?
I confess that I miss the back fence neighbors we had in South Carolina. On each side of us, all you had to do was walk out the door and there was someone ready to offer a smile, a chat, something to drink, or lend a hand. Trust me… they never had to ask twice! … Continue reading
Being Missional or Doing Missional?
It was a different kind of mission trip. We hosted a group of 25 college students and their leaders for a week here in Houston, TX. No houses were built. No vacation Bible schools took place. No sports camps with inner city youth filled city parks. Those are all valid ways to engage. This experience … Continue reading
Pockets of Friendship: Three Lessons for Interfaith Engagement
Michael A. Smith, senior pastor at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City and well-published author, outlines a model of conversation and true friendship for inter-religious relationships. Smith’s interfaith work with Rabbi Rami Shapiro led to the co-authorship of their book, ”Mount and Mountain,” which details their conversations about the Ten Commandments over the past eight years. By the … Continue reading