First-team all-American Michael Sam, of the University of Missouri, has publicly come out of the closet. With Sam’s announcement, he could potentially become the first openly gay NFL player after this year’s draft. From the New York Times:
Day: February 9, 2014
At her lowest moment, Nicole’s power went out and she had the revelation that saved her sitting in the dark. “I said okay God, is that what you want me to do?” Courtesy of Odyssey Networks.
Philomena Lee, the real-life woman of the Oscar-nominated “Philomena,” was recently invited to the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis. At 18 years old, Lee entered an Irish home for unwed mothers and was forced to give up her son, Anthony, after three years:
As leading religious figures like Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, continue to advance a global dialogue on wealth inequality, capitalism, and faith in Jesus Christ, Giles Fraser offers a perspective on love in the deregulated marketplace of late modernity. Ahead of Valentine’s day, Fraser invites us to consider those who may …
…what we discover when we participate in ministries where we are given opportunity to meet people where they are, in a way that we discover who they are, by listening to their stories and about their lives in the hours before they fall asleep. We discover that the Realm of God inches just a wee bit closer to the realm of humanity, when we help make the things happen that reveal the universal natures of all human life.
With that in my work-related mind on a daily basis, it’s no surprise our Epistle caught my attention today, in its discussion of “wrangling with words;” especially the phrase, “…and their talk will spread like gangrene.”
In the Diocese of Lexington, Godly Play traditionally has been used for young children in Christian formation. Now, Deacon Lois Howard is adapting Godly Play for people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Lois describes the purpose in Key Resources from the Center for Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Seminary: