A Valuable History Lesson for Evangelical Christians … from Dr. Jonathan Dudley

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Parents and Grandparents – here’s a meaningful gift for kids you love

For parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and everyone else who wants to give a meaningful gift to a child they love ... it just takes a few moments to order online.

Cory and the Seventh Story  is a resource for adults and kids to become more literate in the six stories that so frequently contribute to sadness and conflict ... and a seventh story that sows the seeds of peace and joy.

This all-ages picture book (especially for young readers, ages 6 - 10) is available for pre-order now - for Christmas delivery. I co-wrote Cory with Irish peace-activist Gareth Higgins, and award-winning Heather Lynn Harris illustrated it with amazing artwork..

You can also pre-order our companion e-book for adults, The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence.

You can learn more here and order here.

https://brianmclaren.net/store/

https://www.theseventhstory.com/

 

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A Picture Book for Grown-Ups? And Kids Too?

For parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, youth pastors, rabbis, imams, and everyone else who wants to build a more peaceful, sustainable, regenerative world ...

Cory and the Seventh Story  is a resource for adults and kids to become more literate in the six stories that so frequently contribute to violence ... and a seventh story that sows the seeds of peace.

It's available for pre-order now - for Christmas delivery. I co-wrote Cory with Irish peace-activist Gareth Higgins, and award-winning Heather Lynn Harris illustrated it with beautiful artwork..

You can also pre-order a companion e-book for adults, The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence.

You can learn more here and order here.

https://brianmclaren.net/store/

https://www.theseventhstory.com/

 

 

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Wherever You Live – Consider Joining Methodists in the Northwest – starts December 2!

http://greaternw.org/crossover/

Loving God and our neighbors as ourselves on The Way Forward

CrossOver to Life!

Jesus said that he came so people “could live life to the fullest.” - John 10:10 (CEB)

Come with me on a year of Crossing Over to LIFE, beginning with Advent, December 2, 2018.

The journey begins as Brian McLaren leads us on a year-long exploration on the bible and faith in his book, We Make the Road by Walking. I hope that across the Greater Northwest many of you will gather in small groups for this study, but you can do it as an individual if a group isn’t possible for you. I hope you will invite people from across generations and cultures, and from outside as well as inside the church — maybe family members or friends who are curious-but-not-committed to Christian faith. I hope that together we can explore and discover new ways to respond to the challenges we face in our lives, in the Church, the nation and the world.

Each week, in 3-4 pages, McLaren invites us to revisit biblical principles for living. You’ll receive blog posts to expand your study, with reflections and prayers and a place for comments and conversation. As we journey together, we’ll add opportunities for conversation, further study and action.

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Why do we need to CrossOver?

Because United Methodists are stuck. Fifty years ago, in 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church became The United Methodist Church (UMC). In 1972 the new Church wrote “social principles” to guide our engagement and witness in the world. Ever since, we have disagreed about human sexuality. Should the Church accept and bless sexual relations that do not conform to the standard of monogamous heterosexual marriage? Should the Church welcome into fellowship and leadership and ordain persons who are “self-identified homosexuals?”(BOD ¶304.3, ¶2702.1(b)) What does the Bible say? How do we discern God’s will for our time and the places of our ministries?

People with strong convictions on both sides have left the church. Others continue to fight for the soul of the UMC. Still others have just become weary of the conflict. During the 2016 General Conference in Portland, this conflict boiled over into angry protests and chaotic outbursts. A Commission was formed to chart a Way Forward for our church that would loosen the bonds of conformity within the UMC to allow space for a wider diversity of belief and practice regarding human sexuality.

A Special General Conference of the Church is called for February 2019 to decide what The United Methodist Church will look like in the future. By the end of 2019 we will have been stuck in our disagreement for over 47 years.

Why would I start on a path when I don't know the end?

People hunger and thirst for food, and drink and a life-giving word. People sleep in doorways, submit to the tyranny of addiction, and suffer from physical and emotional abuse. And God is speaking to the Church to send us out to engage with the real lives of the people in the Church and outside it, with hope, generosity, companionship, justice.

No matter what happens at the General Conference, God needs us to get involved in the needs of the people we serve in our neighborhoods and around the world. NOW. We don’t have to wait passively for the General Conference to decide. We don’t have to remain stuck. We can choose life right now. We can prepare ourselves for whatever comes. We can turn to God and to one another and step out into the communities we serve in life-affirming ways. We can prepare to CrossOver to Life a season of renewal.

What if, at the end of 2019, we loved God more deeply, knew neighbors we never knew before, and found ourselves struggling with what God’s love looks like in the lives of our neighbors and in our neighborhood? That would be something to behold!

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky

 

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Where can kids learn to be peacemakers?

You can teach them - and this new book, cowritten by Brian McLaren and Gareth Higgins, and illustrated by Heather Lynn Harris, can help.

 

Cory and the Seventh Story is about a young raccoon who discovers the power of storytelling to bring peace in the Old Village. It's available for pre-order now - for Christmas delivery. Order ASAP!

You can also pre-order a companion e-book for adults, The Seventh Story: Us, Them, and the End of Violence.

You can learn more here and order here.

https://brianmclaren.net/store/

https://www.theseventhstory.com/

Blessed are the peacemakers!

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