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AAANZ mailing 1 april

“If you don’t like the way to the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” -  Marian Wright Edelman

This weeks from the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand:

The Daily Office from the Northumbria Community
Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer is at the core of the life of the Northumbria Community. A regular cycle of daily prayers constitutes the essential rhythm of life around which other activities can take their proper place.

Sydney Event: Tom Sine - renowned author, theologian and futurist
TEAR, The Evangelical Alliance, and the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand invite you to hear renowned author, theologian and futurist, Tom Sine at Trinity Chapel, Macquarie University (136 Herring Rd North Ryde) at 7.30pm on Monday 21st April.  Tom’s new book, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time, describes a new generation of innovators, all imagining new ways, in these uncertain times, to give creative expression to that new world that Jesus told us is already here. These new conspirators are not only creating new models but they are also raising important questions about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, be the church and do mission that need to be discussed by the entire church.  Come and be inspired to be a difference and make a difference that reflects something of God’s kingdom. Cost $10, Students and unwaged $5.  RSVP to John McKinnon:

ABC Encounter - Forgiveness
Sunday 6 April 7.10 am, and Wednesday 9 April, 7.05 pm, and Thursday 10 April, 4.00am
President Jose Ramos Horta has forgiven his attackers.  The Amish forgave their chidren’s killer in 2006.  In 2005 Van Nguyen sought forgiveness. What is forgiveness?  Why does it make the news?

Fight violence with nonviolence
Over the past 25 years nonviolent peacekeepers have been going into zones of sometimes intense conflict with the aim of bringing a measure of peace, protection, and sanity to life there. Rather than use threat or force, unarmed peacekeepers deploy strategies of protective accompaniment, moral and/or witnessing “presence,” monitoring election campaigns, creating neutral safe spaces, and in extreme cases putting themselves physically between hostile parties.

Churches, barbeques anarchy - getting out from under Christendom by Doug Hynd
I came across the following proposal from Robert Capon an Anglican priest who displays subversive, nay anarchist tendencies that might finally get us out from under the long shadow of Christendom.

Five Things You Need to Know To Understand The Latest Violence in Iraq
The conflict is one that the U.S. media appears incapable of describing in a coherent way. The prevailing narrative is that Basra has been ruled by mafialike militias — which is true — and that Iraqi government forces are now cracking down on the lawlessness in preparation for regional elections, which is not.

The challenge of the 21st century: setting the real bottom line - part 1
Human beings are a truly remarkable species. We are able to conceive notions like democracy, science, equality before the law, justice and morality - concepts that have no counterpart in nature itself - but we have our shortcomings too. We demarcate borders that often make no ecological sense: dissecting watersheds, fragmenting forests, disrupting animal migratory routes. These human boundaries mean nothing to the flow of water, the atmosphere or oceans, yet we try to manage these resources within these confines.

Rwandan Stories
If you recently saw the ABC Compass program about forgiveness and Xanana Gusmao, we also have powerful stories like that. You can now see some of the photos and short segments on:

Book Review: Restorative Justice and Practices in New Zealand: Towards a Restorative Society
A review cannot do justice to such a wide-ranging collection. nbsp; It takes the concept of restorative justice to a broader concept of social relations:  if you define ‘justice’ in its broad sense, or extend it with a term such as ‘restorative practices’, then restorative justice contains the seeds of a transformation not only of justice but of society, based on encouraging qualities such as trust, self-control and respect for others, rather than surveillance, risk assessment and fear of punishment.  … Christopher Marshall reflects on the spirit of justice in a ‘restorative society’, with an independent mediation service…

Where Mourning and Dancing Touch Each Other
“[There is] a time for mourning, a time for dancing” (Ecclesiastes 3:4). But mourning and dancing are never fully separated. Their “times” do not necessarily follow each other. In fact, their “times” may become one “time.” Mourning may turn into dancing and dancing into mourning without showing a clear point where one ends and the other starts.  Often our grief allows us to choreograph our dance while our dance creates the space for our grief. We lose a beloved friend, and in the midst of our tears we discover an unknown joy. We celebrate a success, and in the midst of the party we feel deep sadness. Mourning and dancing, grief and laughter, sadness and gladness - they belong together as the sad-faced clown and the happy-faced clown, who make us both cry and laugh. Let’s trust that the beauty of our lives becomes visible where mourning and dancing touch each other.

Anabaptist Story: Who were the Anabaptists?
Anabaptism was a sixteenth-century radical Christian renewal movement in territories that now comprise parts of Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Alsace and the Netherlands. Its distinguishing features included putting Jesus at the centre of our understanding of the Christian faith, emphasis on new birth and discipleship in the power of the Spirit, establishment of believers’ churches free from state control, commitment to economic sharing, and a vision of restoring New Testament Christianity.

1 Peter 1: 17-23
You are now strangers to the culture around you, and the way you live is important. The fact that you look to God as your Father does not mean that God is going to show you any favouritism. God is not swayed by mere words, but treats everybody fairly on the basis of what they do. So make sure you treat God with due respect and submission in the way you live your lives. You know that when you were slaves to the futile preoccupations of the culture you grew up in, God had to pay dearly to get you free. The price was not paid in money, which is here today and gone tomorrow, but in blood — the life-blood of the Messiah — like the noble sacrifice of a cherished one who can do no wrong. This had been on the cards for the Messiah before time began, because God always planned to get you free, whatever it cost. It is only now though, as time draws to a close, that it is all out in the open for your benefit. You have come to put your trust in God because of this Messiah, who God then raised from the dead and heaped glories upon. It is because of him that all your hopes and plans for the future are pinned on God.
Now that you have purged the muck from your hearts by doing what the truth required of you, you will find that you have the capacity for love that is authentic and mutual. So use it! Love one another with all your hearts. You have been given a fresh start, a new birth into a new life; not conceived from sperm and egg this time, but from something far more dependable and permanent — the living word of God.
©2002 Nathan Nettleton

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