This coming Sunday, April 28, we will gather for an interfaith memorial for the hundreds of people killed or injured by the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka.
The purpose of this gathering is to bring the community together to honor the victims and their families, and to stand up with groups targeted by terrorism, which are so often minority religious groups. (Christians are a minority in Sri Lanka.)
Please, join us— Columbus First United Methodist Church, David Carlson author, Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, HSSI Columbus, Islamic Society of Columbus Indiana (ISCI), North Christian Church, Sha'arei Shalom - Reform Jewish Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, St Bartholomew Catholic Parish, and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, IN.
For decades, tens of thousands of Earth Day Sunday celebrations have enriched Christian communities.
Earth Day began in 1970, after Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson witnessed a horrifying oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., and realized environmental protection was not on the national political agenda. Sen. Nelson announced a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media, recruited California Republican Sen. Pete McCloskey to co-chair the effort, and recruited a coordinator to put together and promote 85 environmental education events across the United States on April 22. That day, 20 million people engaged in public demonstrations in support of a healthy environment. Groups that may not have communicated before found common cause, as gatherings helped groups such as clean water advocates to connect with others such as wildlife enthusiasts and toxic dump protestors. It was a moment of rare political alignment. Since then, Earth Day celebrations have spread to 184 countries and been observed by millions of people.
Soon, Earth Day events became part of the fabric of our nation’s community life: churches began taking the Sunday service before or after Earth Day to pray, learn, and take action for God’s creation. As one 2006 Fox News article about Earth Day Sunday put it, “The environment has historically taken a back seat to common faith initiatives like the fight against poverty or hunger ... But now, congregations increasingly see a connection between care for God's creation and social issues.”
Over the years, Creation Justice Ministries, of which the Christian Church (DoC) is a part, has offered Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God's creation. Each year, a different theme is chosen for Earth Day, based on what issues the leadership of the member communions and denominations believe is most pressing.
The 2019 theme is "Next Generation Rising" and focuses on children and youth leading the way for creation justice. Among people of faith, a countercultural ethic is emerging that is rooted in the generational outlook of the Bible. This outlook has enormous consequences for how we think about God’s creation and particularly time-sensitive moral challenges which are difficult to remedy as they worsen—such as species extinction, loss of safe accessible water, and climate change. Notably, in his encyclical on ecology, Pope Francis declared “[i]ntergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us.”
Monumental change in the way we live takes energy and fresh ideas. As we look to new ways of using our earth’s resources and living our daily lives in radically different ways, we will need energetic leaders with fresh ideas… We will need new young leaders who are able to take on the big job of entering a new world of harmony with nature and make this new world sustainable for everyone.
Reflect: What part are you playing to help care for creation? How are we empowering the next generation to share their creativity, energy, and vision
Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
The holiest day of the year, for Christians, is Easter Sunday when we celebrate Christ’s victory over death.
Join in the celebration on Sunday, as we Resurrect Joy, and share resurrection experiences we have each had in our lives!
“Holy Week” begins with Palm Sunday and concludes with Easter. It is important to hear the whole story of Jesus’ final week on earth, and not just move from “Hosannas” to “He is Risen!” In order to get the full picture, the whole story, with all the emotions and all the drama, it is important that we also attend to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services.
Please make plans to be in worship on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00pm in our Baptistry Chapel for a special Maundy Thursday service, commemorating the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples. And also join with our ecumenical friends throughout Columbus at The Commons on Friday, April 19, at noon, for a special Good Friday service.
Indiana Disciples women are invited to gather at Abe Martin Lodge in beautiful Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana on August 23-25. The weekend will be filled with multicultural praise, worship, conversation and reflection. The theme, "Lift EVERY Voice", was inspired by the hymn, Lift Every Voice and Sing. During the retreat there will be speakers telling the stories of how various cultures have contributed to the whole fabric of the church. The hymn will serve as the centerpiece of the retreat.
Registration just opened on April 1st! So, head to tinyurl.com/liftEVERYvoice2019 to reserve your spot. The cost is $75 per person and covers meals and programming. You will need to contact the lodge to reserve your room. The room cost per night is $123.19. Rooms room can hold up to four people. Feel free to share a room and split the cost. Call (877) 563-4371 to make lodging reservations. Use Group Code 0823ID. There is also a $7 per car, one-time park entrance fee at the gate. For more information, contact Linda Brown at email@example.com.
April 9 from 4-10pm, go eat a delicious meal at Texas Roadhouse, bring this flyer with you (on your phone or print it out), and 10% of your food purchase will go to Columbus IN Pride!
In our passage from John’s gospel this Sunday, Jesus says “you will always have the poor with you.” Some have assumed that this passage lets us all off the hook. It sounds as though Jesus is condoning the permanence of poverty. There is nothing we can do to end it. It is beyond our control.
In fact, Jesus is saying the exact opposite. Ending poverty is everyone’s responsibility! Come explore this passage on Sunday!
Based on John 12:1-8 and Deuteronomy 15:7-11.
Be sure to pick up The Holy Week to Go Experience in the Narthex— an immersive journey of reflections, pondering questions, and symbols to guide you through the scriptures that tell of Jesus’ final days on Earth, from the cross to the resurrection.
After service, all are welcome to gather at Camila's Mexican Restaurant (1824 25th St) for a meal and fellowship. See you there!
The Art of Living, which meets at NCC on Sunday nights, is continuing to offer an additional short-term workshop on stress management, Tuesdays from 6:30-7:15pm in North Christian's Lower Level. It is free and open to anyone aged 18+. Contact IN.COLUMBUS@us.artofliving.org to RSVP or for more information.