You’re invited to gather for story, song, and candle light at a service of Advent Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m. Members of the NYU campus ministry community and our very own Canterbury Downtown will host this event. See the joy that is coming to you… as we enter into the season of Advent together.
The Church of the Ascension Book Group presents an evening with the New York Times best-selling author Peter Balakian. We will be reading “Black Dog of Fate,” the 2009 Anniversary Edition. “Black Dog of Fate” is an award-winning, deftly-woven memoir of an American suburban childhood in the 1950s and 60s that leads the author as an adult to an eventual search for the hidden
Put simply: this Carpenter’s Kids pilgrimage is life-changing. It is transformational. It will make you cry. It will make you smile. It will exhaust you. It will open your eyes wider than you ever thought possible. No amount of preparation and prayer could have prepared me for what awaited in Tanzania. And at the same time, I would not give up the experience for anything.
Between summer romance and mystery novels…try slipping in Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now for an inviting look at how we can find God in all things, people and different religions. Also, if you are looking for a more centering way of exploring your faith through the spiritual life without leaving the beach or city, try Joan Chittister’s The Monastery of the Heart. Both books
Among the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato, the devoted student of Socrates, held that there were three pre-eminent values that could lead human beings to an encounter with the Ultimate Reality. We believe that the God who is the object of worship in the Judaeo-Christian and Islamic traditions is that reality who is the sole fountainhead those Platonic values of Truth, Beauty and Goodness —
I will confine my comments to the Psalms. Although the psalmist refers to God as a “refuge” in Psalm 46, he most often emphasizes God’s strength and force: “my rock and my redeemer” (19); “He makes wars cease” (46); “God the Lord speaks and summons the earth . . .” (50); “. . . for you, O God, are my fortress.” (59); “. .
People often think about the season of Lent as a rather grim, dark time. After all, it usually falls in the dull, cold, gray days of late winter and is noted as a time of abstinence and fasting – of “giving something up.” But actually the name Lent comes from the same root word as “length” and it refers to the fact that at