Life giving practices: Reflections
It was fantastic to be among you and learn from you about the joys and challenges of ministry and mission in the Oregon Synod. Thanks for all your kindnesses!
I appreciate reading about the life-giving practices in this thread of discussion. Clearly there are many other expressions of God's shalom in your midst.
One book I would recommend to all of you as a continuation of our discussion in January at the theological convocation is:
Chris Howson, A Just Church: 21st Century Liberation Theology in Action. New York: Continuum, 2011.
This is an exciting look at the practice of service and action in Bradford, England--a community that appears to have many of the characteristics of your context in Oregon: encounter with people of other religions and many with no religion at all. The book is more practical than theoretical. I think it can be for you a great resources for more reflection on life-giving practices, the practices of Shalom, the Kingdom of God.
I hold you in prayer for your Lenten journies. May the God of the cross and the resurrection in Jesus Christ lead us each to abundant life--in God, with one another, and as part of creation.
Shalom, Craig Nessan
Wartburg Theological Seminary