Good News, 04.20.2012

Friends:

Because of the Incarnation and Resurrection nothing is profane and nothing is unholy for those who learn how to see.  Everything is charged with the presence of God.  This Sunday we celebrate Earth Day.  Here is a passage on Cherishing the Creation which you will appreciate.

“If nature is the new poor, then the Christian option for the poor and oppressed now includes the natural world.  If we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, then the range of neighbors now includes the whale, the monarch butterfly, the local lake – the entire community of life.  If the common good requires solidarity with all who suffer, then our compassion extends to suffering human beings and other species caught in patterns of extinction.  ‘Save the rain forest’ becomes a concrete moral application of the commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

This in turn requires us to realize the deep connections between social injustice and ecological devastation.  Ravaging of people and of the land go hand in hand.  To be deeply true, prophetic action must not get caught in the trap of pitting social justice issues against issues of ecological health, but must include commitment to ecological wholeness within the struggle for a more just social order….A vision of justice as cosmic justice is the only adequate option.” (Elizabeth Johnson, “God’s Beloved Creation”)

I-SRV( Interfaith-San Ramon Valley) has received $7500 to implement a one-year program called “Setting the Table”! It will link our interfaith communities for dialogue and learning how each of us has regarded earth, faith and food in our spiritual traditions.  It is hoped that this process will deepen our appreciation of one another, heighten our respect for the earth and integrate our values.  Each congregation/community is invited to designate 3 persons or families to participate in Setting the Table.  If you are interested, our initial Planning Meeting is this Sunday April 22 at Peace from 5-6. You are welcomed to come and explore the possibilities.  Pick up a copy of the year’s intentions at Peace this Sunday.  (This will not include a CSA organic food program.)

The Entre Culturas Dinner with Staff Members Memo and Amanda Jones-Dominguez from Nicaragua is happening this Friday night at 6:00 pm at Peace.  15 – 20 people have already signed up.  You are invited to join in this nurturing occasion of our Partnership Ministry.

Greg and Tioni Collins have returned from Nairobi, Kenya.  Greg will now be working with USAID in Washington, DC.  I asked him to speak at Peace and give us an update about his work among the drought impacted of eastern Africa.  He agreed to do this in the near future.  Will let you know which Sunday that will be.

A friend commented after jazz with The Brewing Company this past Sunday, “The best part of the evening will be after the reception is over, the cleanup is done, and everyone has gone home…..the sanctuary will shiver with delight all the way down to its foundation at the amazing, real get down, funky cool music we’ve just heard.  Who’d expect it in a church…but then the building will hold that energy for all those who come in the future.”

If you wish to contribute to Peace through E-Script …..Here’s How it Works:

  • You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered
  • Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your group’s behalf!

1.  Click on this link.

2. Click on Group ID and enter 157506598  (This is Peace Lutheran Church, Danville’s group number) in box and click “search.”

3.  Click on Peace Lutheran Church, Danville and click “next.”

4.  Follow the instructions to register and enter your Safeway card number and/or your existing credit/debit cards.

Portions of your purchase dollars make their way back to Peace and don’t cost you anything.

Read more about e-script here.

Another Tai Chi Chuan Class Series is beginning on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm.  Learn balance, create a second heart in your body, deepen clarity through relaxation and harmonized chi flow.  The whole series is 12 weeks.  Check it out.

Easter Blessings,  Pr. Steve………PS

Two Among the Righteous Few:  A Story of Courage in the Holocaust: Come hear an engaging presentation on Monday, May 7, at 7 pm by Marty Brounstein the author at Beth Chaim. It’s a true story of interfaith compassion, courage, and doing the right thing.  The story is about a Christian couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risks, help save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II.  There is a personal connection with the author as well.