- I wanted to share with this forum of my recent experience in attending a World Christianity conference in St. Louis. A professor at St. Louis UniversityMessage 1 of 3350 , Jan 12, 2007View SourceI wanted to share with this forum of my recent experience in attending a World Christianity conference in St. Louis. A professor at St. Louis University organized it with the hopes of creating greater awareness between the various denominations in Christianity. He came to this desire after deeply pondering with sadness on how the body of Christ is divided into countless segments.
Young leaders from all parts of the world joined together for a week of prayer, lectures, and group work. Participants ranged from Roman Catholics, Anglican, Presbyterian, and as far as the Pentecostals and charismatic groups. Despite our differences, I came to understand the importance of loving each other. A mentality of 'me-against-you' is fruitless; it's very easy to forget the many things we hold in common. It is one thing to read about the other denominations, but quite another to live and interact with them for many days.
On the other hand, in seeing variety, I gained greater appreciation of our own tradition. There are many things we take for granted in Orthodoxy such as structured prayer and the Eucharist. But within our Orthodox faith, the experience of it is often forgotten, too. Talking about the correct doctrine of Trinity, intercessory prayer, infant baptism, etc. can only go so far. The experience of knowing Christ is far more important. Often time, we focus too much on one side and not the other.
Further information, with details of the participants, for the Institute of World Christianity is at:
- Dear Sir, Thanks for the reply and I appreciate that. Nevertheless, I would like to point out few things for your information and kind consideration. (1) Yes,Message 3350 of 3350 , Mar 8 9:35 PMView SourceDear Sir,Thanks for the reply and I appreciate that. Nevertheless, I would like to point out few things for your information and kind consideration.(1) Yes, It is noticed that the calendar is made by Samajam, but let me reiterate its a Church Calendar. I had pointed out this to Mr. Daniel, who made this a year back, but unfortunately I got the reply that this is to be used for Saudi Arabia. I don't think any one in Saudi Arabia use Church Calendar in their offices. Further, if its for Saudi Arabia, that shpuld be with Samajam members and wellwishers, it should not appear in jacobite online's website. Am I making sense?(2) Even our local church calendar in Kerala often makes this mistakes, as they put these dates in Calendars, I believe. How can we justify that, if so.(3) Communal harmony is well and good, but that should not get in to a level which dilutes the basic faith (when I say faith means, its Christian Faith, not church/ community) we adhere to.As a person, I'm so weak and cannot take it to higher hierarchy, but you can.Once again thanks for your reply and I hope my points are clear to you now.RegardsShibu MATHEWID number is 4595
On Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM, Shibu Mathew <shibmat@...> wrote:Hello,
It has been noticed for the past couple of years hat the Church Calendar highlights the 'Hijra' dates along with the Gregorian date. Basically there is nothing harmful in first shot, but there is a damage behind that.Hijra year is basically the year Muslims calculate as the year when they received Quran to them. My question, Are we Christians accept and acknowledge the same?St. Pauls says to Galatians 1: 9 "As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."Keeping this in mind; how do we highlight Hijri year? Let normal calendar carry it for business reasons, but Church Calendar shall not...Please express yourself with comments....Rgds
Shibu MATHEWID number is 4595---------------------From the desk of moderatorsThis calender was prepared and distributed by our congregation (SAMJAM) in Saudi Arabia. For their own reasons they included the "Hijra" dates.