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    Statement on Anti-Religious Violence in Houses of Prayer

    The statement below, adopted by the WTC Boards in November of 2018, sadly remains relevant into 2020.  Recent acts of violence at an Hasidic Rabbi’s home in New York and a shooting at a Christian Church in Texas add to the string of attacks against Muslims in New Zealand, Christians in Sri Linka, and Jews across the nation: from the…

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    Highlights of 2019 made Possible with Your Support!

    From exploring Ecumenical Parishes, to Mary in Muslim-Christian Dialogue and from the Journey of a Former White Supremacist to the Apocalypse in Bible and Art, your gifts have made possible stellar public outreach and specialized student programs. Visit Highlights of this year’s work in out 2019 photo collage or give at: https://washtheocon.org/donate .

    Your gifts go entirely toward programs for students,…

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    Who Still Crosses the Aisle?

    Who in this frayed world still crosses the aisle?…   Well people of faith in churches and other houses of worship do!   People of different political commitments can still cross the aisle of the sanctuary to share the Peace and catch up.   This religious fabric is one of the few places left in our country where people with different politics can…

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    Muslim Ramadan begins today, May 6

    Share a greeting this month to your Muslim friends: “Blessed Ramadan” or “Ramadan Mubarak.” DO attend an Iftar, breaking fast meal, if you are invited!

    Ramadan explained by a Muslim colleague:

    The time has come for this years Ramadan; May 6 to June 4, 2019.
    Muslims start fasting before dawn (SEHR) and break the fast at sunset (IFTAR) and dinner is served after…

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    Hate Strikes Mosque, Church, and Synagogue in High Holy Days

    Anti-Religious Hate strikes Mosque, Church, and Synagogue during these Holy Seasons.

    Mosque mass Shootings last month in Christchurch, New Zealand with a hundred casualties (including 50 deaths).
    Easter mass Bombings of Churches (Catholic and Protestant) in Sri Lanka, with hundreds of casualties (including 75 deaths).
    Passover Shooting in southern California at Chabad Synagogue of Poway with four casualties (including 1…

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    Prayers for Truth and Unity, Justice and Peace in 2019

    During these holy days, we have gathered prayers for truth, unity, justice and peace–offering them as a gift for all who want to pray into this New Year.  Here are a few that you will find in the resource, linked here and below. May we all pray and work for a new direction in this New Year.

     

    Lord, Lord, open unto…

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    STVU recognized as seminary that Changes the World

    Today, I am at the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology visiting with the Advisory Council and Dean Walker. Such a joy to see this recently honored seminary community at work! See the recognition from the Center for Faith and Service.

    https://www.vuu.edu/news/samuel-dewitt-proctor-school-of-theology-recognized-a-seminary-that-changes-the-world-for-2018-2019…

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    Reformation Commemoration and Polemics in Art

    Outstanding Reformation Conference at Yale Divinity School this week–with historians and theologians who dared to inquire about the Reformation’s impact today.  During the Conference, Yale unveiled an historic Portrait of Reformers patterned after 1640’s lithographs common in England and the Netherlands.   Recent restoration unveils Catholic opponents at foot of the table who confess: “The Candle is lighted, and we cannot…

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    Best Bibliography of Ecumenism in the Country

    The Bibliographies about Ecumenism have been updated through June 2017.  This is the finest annotated bibliography on the topic in the U.S., and we hope students, faculty, and the public will use it to keep up on the latest scholarship. Our thanks to Dr. Mitzi Budde of Virginia Theological Seminary for providing this invaluable resource.

    Link to http://washtheocon.org/resources/

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