Day: July 14, 2011

Evidence of mass grave “devastating”

Less than a week after South Sudan celebrated its long-awaited independence, Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail of the Episcopal Diocese of Kadugli has said it is “devastating and saddening” to learn that his people of the South Kordofan region, “friends, brothers and sisters, children, my flock, have been killed mercilessly and are lying now in mass graves in Kadugli.”

Austrian Pastafarian wins right to wear strainer on his noodle

BBC: After receiving his application the Austrian authorities had required him to obtain a doctor’s certificate that he was “psychologically fit” to drive. According to Mr Reinthaler, “the licence has been ready since October 2009 – it was not collected, that’s all there is to it”.

Bowling together in Lagos

Curious, I called up the Toastmasters headquarters to find out whether the United Arab Emirates was some kind of anomaly. It isn’t. The organization reports hotspots of growth throughout Asia and the Middle East. “Within India and Sri Lanka,” said Daniel Rex, the Toastmasters’ executive director, “we’re organizing about a chapter a week.”

Stargate SG-1, Orthodoxy, and Imagination

I recently (last night!) finished a lengthy project of mine, and finished watching Stargate SG-1 on DVD, putting me several years behind those who followed it on-air. For those who don’t know, the show had a mixture of religious themes, mythology, romance, humor, and the US Air Force going into space by walking through wormholes in the Stargate.

The first and the last word

Christian spirituality worthy of the name must steer clear of two pitfalls. On the one hand, we dare not let our spiritual lives become disembodied and abstract. On the other hand, we dare not fall into despair when we notice the insufficiency of our own this-worldly action, considered in and of itself.