O·ta·ku /ō·tä·ko͞o/– Noun (from Japanese): A youth whose obsession with computers and other aspects of pop culture are a detriment to their social skills. If someone calls you otaku, are they putting you down, or giving you a compliment? Like always, context is king. When English speakers use the Japanese word, they often simply mean someone who […]
We’re so very excited about our latest partnership with YWAM Mumbai, to bring Pastor Fish songs and stories to kids living in the slums of Mumbai. Eventually, we hope that these youth ministry resources in Spanish and English may actually give these kids a competitive advantage, as they’ll be among the very few kids to […]
Now online – audio from “Creation Care on Earth Day” Sermon at Burlingame United Methodist Church – 1443 Howard at El Camino Real (9:30 and 11:00)!
We hope you have wonderful, restorative Easter season! Below, dancer Rena Jones-Guidry of the Providence Baptist Church provides an original interpretation of a song that speaks to the promise of a resurrection, within our own life experience. Find out more about Praise Dance, including how to choreograph the song “Resurrection” right here on our site. […]
School is In – Let’s Learn About Easter Click on the video to the right of The Easter Story to watch the storybook unfold. You can read along, or read it out loud for yourself. At the bottom of this page are activities to help you share the day. Lesson plan includes the story, discussion […]
What’s this? A book as a WebGem? Wait…there’s video…a compelling address by theologian Father John Dear on his latest release from Orbis Books delving into the third Beatitude, from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. It’s a beautiful treasure of a book, and an inspiration for all who read it.
Health /helTH/ – Noun: Well-being, including freedom from injury or illness. Wellness. Wholeness. Health. Wellness. It’s all wrapped up together, and our scripture has a lot to say about how to get from here to wellness, and how we walk as ministers along a healer’s path. We invite you to get to know our Spiritual-Holistic-Inquiry-Process, or […]
New for 2018 – The Lord’s Prayer in Teke, part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
New for 2018 – the Lord’s Prayer in Wongo, part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
New for 2018 – the Lord’s Prayer in Lingombe language – part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
The following Lord’s Prayer edition is in Libindja, a language on the continent of Africa spoken by perhaps up to 25,000 people. The language is primarily spoken within the DRC in the Equateur province (such as north Bomongo territory, Boniange and Monia villages on Mwanda and Ngiri rivers) as well as on islands such as […]
New for 2018 – the Lord’s Prayer in Sakata – part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
New for 2018 – the Lord’s Prayer in Yansi language – part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
New for 2018 – the Lord’s Prayer in Twa, language of the pygmies. It’s all part of an ongoing project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible.
Here, for your enjoyment is the Lord’s Prayer in Otetala, with an English translation by Vincent Ongelo Longombo below it. SHESO LELE LO LONGO LOKOMBO LAKI LATOMBWAME LOWANDJI LAKI LAYE LOLANGO LAKIYE LASALEME LA NKETE OKO LOLONGO OTOSHA DIANGO DIA NDE DIA LOSHI LA LOSHI OTO DIMANYIYE KOLO YASO OKO WADIMANYIASO ASEKASO OTO LAME […]
Grateful thanks to Pastor Frederic Masumbuku Basulu, translator, and Cesar Massanga, Coordonateur of Goodseed in the DRC, for arranging for this translation! Audio coming soon, Godwilling.
This webdef page includes examples of the colors of the Spring 2018 season with their hex codes. We’ve also created a lovely montage of images taken from nature for you to download and enjoy.
Here is something new and different – a podcast as a WebGem! This one is from Giselle Balbino, a Christian health/wellness coach, and it’s called the Holistic Grace Podcast – Energy & Wellness for the Christian Woman. It’s available through iTunes and on Soundcloud. In the first episode, Giselle fearlessly shares her back-story, telling how she […]
Bach Flower /baCH·flou·(ə)r/ – Noun: A self-help collection of tinctures The original Bach Flower Remedies comprise a safe and natural method of wellness self-support that was originated by the British physician and homeopath Dr. Edward Bach (September 24, 1886 – November 27, 1936). Dr. Bach, who was born in the village of Moseley, studied medicine at the University […]
Homeopathy /hō·mē·ä·pə·THē/ – Noun: An advanced, effective, gentle system of holistic medicine that has been used for over two centuries on every continent. Homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, or any other practice. It is a distinct and integral system, unto itself, with a set of guiding principles. The North American Society of Homeopaths […]
TEACH THE CHRISTMAS STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
Bitdaf /bit·daf/ – Noun: Contributing highly appreciated bitcoin to a public charity. Bitcoin /bit·koin/ – Noun: A type of digital currency. Specified in units, bitcoin is considered a cryptocurrency because of the encryption techniques used to regulate the generation and transfer of the units. Bitcoin was created in 2009 after being described in a White Paper […]
Karoshi / ka·rō·shē/ – Noun: A Japanese word meaning death by overwork. The bible cautions us to have a day of rest, but there are many reasons why this can be difficult or impossible, given the pressures for survival. Overwork can harm our health, to the point where it can actually lead to an early death. In […]
* For your consideration for the 60th Grammy Awards * Children’s Album Category Pastor Fish en Español by NHM Ministrants This fun and whimsical Spanish language “Sunday School under the sea” is full of gospel songs and stories for children and the young at heart. The CD features an ocean full of fun characters Pastor Fish, […]
Our WebGems selection for Fall, 2017 is the lovely and very catchy “Refuge,” by Randy Moore, from his Hwy 59 album, which was accepted for consideration for a Grammy nomination. He was very kind enough to allow us to embed this video and feature it as a WebGem. We feel it offers hope and solace, […]
Songs coming soon! We are in the process of creating Russian teacher pages for every one of our Pastor Fish songs and stories, just to help make Pastor Fish the best resource for you that we can be. Pages will include the fully translated stories, often with songs that echo or reinforce an important message of the day. Not all of the discussions or activities have been translated at this time, but we’re working on it.
Songs page coming soon! We are in the process of creating Ukrainian teacher pages for every one of our Pastor Fish stories, just to help make Pastor Fish the best resource for you that we can be. Pages will include the fully translated stories, often with songs that echo or reinforce an important message of the day. Not all of the discussions or activities have been translated at this time, but we’re working on it.
Now available, Spanish-language detail pages for every one of our Pastor Fish stories, helping enhance your youth ministry. Pages include the fully translated stories, often with songs that echo or reinforce an important message of the day, plus activities (Note: not all our activities are fully translated yet. It’s an ocean of work and we’re […]
Walking a labyrinth is a time-honored, Christian spiritual practice. As demonstrated in the short video below, pilgrims often remove their shoes as they are invited to leave worldly thoughts behind, journeying along a winding path towards the center, symbolically going deeper. After a time at the center, they can carry away something of God, for […]
Enseña =Pan e Pescado= Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
=Enseña =Servicio= Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña =Una Semilla De Mostaza= Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña== El Samaritano Bueno == Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña==Siloé== Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña oración. Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña La Historia del Nacimento de Jesús . Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña ==La Pascua== Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña la Parábola del Hijo Pródigo. Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña ==La Trinidad== Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña El Siervo Implacable. Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña “las bienaventuranzas.” Plan de lecciones, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña ==Los Diez Mandamientos!== Plan de lecciones, basado en esta tema, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña las historias de Daniel y David! Plan de lecciones, basado en estas historias, incluye la historia misma, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña la historia de Jonás! Plan de lecciones, basado en esta historia, incluye la historia misma, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Our body of Pastor Fish resources for your youth ministry is growing daily. Listen as you read along wtih our wonderful Ukrainian native speaker and enjoy the activities for a fun and enriching experiencing for every participant.
We are in the process of creating Ukrainian teacher pages for every one of our Pastor Fish stories, just to help make Pastor Fish the best resource for you that we can be.
We are in the process of creating Russian teacher resources including pages for every one of our Pastor Fish stories, just to help make Pastor Fish the best resource for you that we can be.
Enseña la historia de Moisés! Plan de lecciones, basado en esta historia, incluye la historia misma, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña la historia de la Noé! Plan de lecciones, basado en esta historia, incluye la historia misma, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Enseña la historia de la creación! Plan de lecciones, basado en esta historia, incluye la historia misma, con ideas de discusión y actividades sugeridas para el aprendizaje divertido.
Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21 Song: Loaves & Fishes [free sheet music online ] Sermon: Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth, Burlingame UMC 9/8/17. The reason that we chose the scripture that we did and that particular song (which is a song that comes out of a little kids’ program that we’re working on) is because it’s #foodwasteweekend. May the […]
“And He sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal.” – Luke 9:2 Is your congregation prayerfully considering starting a wellness ministry? It’s not that difficult to do. Before you bring in a minister in this capacity, consider your vision and purpose. Write a purpose statement, formalizing the vision in action. […]
TEACH ABOUT OUR TRIUNE GOD – an entire lesson plan based around this important point of understanding. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH KIDS ABOUT PRAYER – an entire lesson plan based around the Lord’s Prayer. Includes a sing-along, plus discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE STORY OF THE TOWER OF SILOAM – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE LOAVES AND FISHES STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH ABOUT FAITH WITH THE STORY OF THE MUSTARD SEED – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE STORY OF JESUS WASHING THE DISCIPLES’ FEET- an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE GOOD SAMARITAN STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
~ English, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian ~ Now available, detail pages for every one of our Pastor Fish stories. Pages include a full story with audio, activities, and there are even songs that echo or reinforce the message of the day. Below you will find English breakout pages. Teacher resources in Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian are also available. Don’t […]
TEACH ABOUT FORGIVENESS – an entire lesson plan based around this important theme. Includes the Unforgiving Servant story, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE BEATITUDES – an entire lesson plan based around the Beatitudes that Jesus taught during His Sermon on the Mount. Includes the Beatitudes, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE TEN COMMANDMENTS – an entire lesson plan based around this important point of understanding. Includes the decalogue, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE PRODIGAL SON STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH ABOUT BIBLE HEROES – an entire lesson plan based around the stories of David and Goliath, and Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Includes the stories themselves, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE JONAH & THE WHALE STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE EXODUS STORY – an entire lesson plan based around Exodus 14. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE NOAH’S ARK STORY – an entire lesson plan based around this story. Includes the story itself, with discussion ideas and suggested activities to make learning fun.
TEACH THE CREATION STORY – an entire lesson plan based around Genesis 1. Includes the listen-along story, discussion ideas, and suggested activities to make learning fun.
The Lord’s Prayer in Ngbandi by Nadege Itame and Helenne Imanga Our father in heaven TSIMBI BABA NA YAYU Hallowed be your name LOKEDJONI LOYEKE TSINE IRI Your kingdom come TSINE BIA […]
The Lord’s Prayer in Lomongo Translation by Jean Charles Monganga Bosele OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN ISE EKAISO NA ALIKO HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME LIKUMISANE LIKAWE LI LINA YOUR KINGDOM COME LI LIKUTU LIYE YOUR WILL […]
OSU SANGO ALO LIKO, EKUMAME EYO ALO KOMBO. ALO BOKONZI EDJE…
Blas·phe·my /ˈblasfəmē/ – the act of purposefully reviling or ridiculing sacred things, often with the purpose of giving offense. From Late Latin blasphemia (speaking contemptuously or impiously). In one of the most historically misused passages, Mark 3:22-30, Jesus states, “he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal […]
Curious to sneak a peek at what we’re whipping up next? Yes, as promised, more languages! We’re working up a release 2.0 of our beloved Pastor Fish app in Ukrainian and Russian!
Hey everyone – thanks for joining us at our Release Party for Pastor Fish and for filling out our survey! The results are in! If you haven’t yet downloaded the app, why not do so and then take our survey? We’d love to get to 30+ survey results, and have them from all over the world… […]
Local to the SF Bay Area? Join us for Food Waste Weekend! Join singers Lauren Speeth and Don Kane for a singalong with the band Commodore Callahan. Then Rev. Speeth will share a message on food waste, ending hunger, and building hope. It’s going to be a memorable night, as Burlingame United Methodist Church takes part […]
Finally, it’s here: the launch of the new app, Pastor Fish! It’s a fun and whimsical presentation of Gospel songs and stories for children and the young at heart, in a children’s radio show format! Find out more…
Calling all faith leaders. Share sermons on food waste and help end hunger. Be part of an interfaith wave and bring hope and empowerment September 8-10, 2017 – Read more…
On a recent trip to Kiev, in the Ukraine, we were blessed to visit some of the world’s most beautiful churches and to be granted an audience with His Holiness Patriarch Filaret (more on that inspiring visit later in this report). Kiev is unparalleled in Springtime. Although some of the churches were torn down during the […]
The Church Slavonic liturgical language traces back to St Cyril and St Methodius, 9th century Thessalonian missionaries from Byzantium, who created the first Slavic language for writing literature while working to translate Christian scripture and literature from Greek. It can be heard in Orthodox churches, primarily in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe, but also worldwide in Slavic disapora […]
Grateful thanks to Tania Andrienko of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv for her kind assistance verifying the prayer and its pronunciation, and recording it for our listeners. Enjoy! Audio Text Отче наш, що єси на небесах, Нехай святиться Ім’я Твоє. Хай прийде Царство Твоє, нехай буде воля Твоя Як на небі, так і на землі Хліб […]
FREE Lord’s Prayer Podcast… Latest Language: Latin. Already available: Irish, French. What next? Subscribe & See! ~ iTunes ~*~ Google play ~*~ RSS feed ~*~ Stitcher ~*~ Ministrants.com Details ~ April 7, 2016 – NHM Ministrants proudly announces the release of its first podcast series, The Lord’s Prayer in a Tapestry of Languages. This podcast, a BEYOND FILM […]
Did you realize that April 17th is Followers Day? Now you do! And, now that you know, will you celebrate with us? It’s really easy, and we think it will be meaningful, also. Followers’ Day has been around for five years now. It started one day as a small group of people noticed how many […]
Ash Wednesday is a day that has been traditionally set aside for the contemplation of our own life’s brief nature, of our lack, and of our need for God’s grace and loving kindness. At the application of ashes (which is not considered a sacrament, although good practice), the priest or minister will often say “remember you are […]
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you Lord, our rock & our redeemer. Do you like that mural outside church, the one we’re dedicating next Saturday? I love how the little dog has a heart. St. Francis would approve. Animal lovers know their pets have […]
The American people have spoken: they have elected a Trump Presidency. But we stand, deeply divided; one poll shows that nearly half of people on both major parties fear the other side, and Clinton appears to have won the popular vote by a small margin. This makes it difficult to move forward, together. We want […]
Calling members of the faith community – why not preach on food waste during this year’s inaugural Food Waste Weekend, September 23-25 2016. Find out more…
Our WebGems selection for Fall, 2016 is the brilliant “Impossible Driving Test” video that asks, at the end, that everyone “please share” the video widely. We’re so very happy to oblige, becuase we believe doing so can help save lives. Our thanks to the producers of this video, Responsible Young Drivers, for producing it and […]
Our WebGems selection for Summer, 2016 is an old favorite, “Down to the River,” performed a capella by the band Healing Stream. Bay Area locals, catch Healing Stream at the alternative worship service at Burlingame United Methodist Church. Friday “Evenings at the River” and Sunday mornings. Our thanks to Kevin and the band for allowing us to embed […]
This just in: Bible Emoji… a fun translator where, when you enter whatever prayerful text you wish, you get out an emoji for you to use in your communications: http://www.bibleemoji.com/ @bibleemoji 🙌 b 2 😇 If you enter The Lord’s Prayer you get: Our father who art in ✨✨✨ hallowed b thy name. Thy kingdom come thy will b […]
Ministers, are you interested to survey your congregation on their web needs? This survey we have designed can form the basis of your own survey. Customize your own survey at SurveyMonkey.com. It’s free and easy. Here’s ours: Survey of Congregation If you base a survey on our design, we’d appreciate hearing back. We enjoy knowing […]
We’ve just developed a survey for our Pastor Fish children’s ministry offerings. We want to hear from you. What language would you like this resource offered in, next? This question and more, await you. It’s a very simple survey with only 9 questions. Should take only a few moments to complete and we will be […]
Post Traumatic Growth / pōst trəˈmatik grōTH/ – Noun: The process of emotional, psychological or spiritual development that occurs in response to distressing or disturbing experience. The Bible is filled with references to trauma, and very human reactions to this trauma. Many times, the result was great spiritual growth. This is why Paul, in his […]
June 9th is World Oceans Day, a day you can, as they suggest, “Seas the Day,” for the good of the planet. The folks at The Ocean Project have all sorts of fun ideas for how you can be involved, including: Festivals and Fairs Lectures and Readings Tours and Cleanups Art Exhibits Murals Photo Contest http://theoceanproject.org/get-involved/
Takotsubo /tä·kō·tso͞o·bō/ Noun: A transient cardiomyopathy also known as broken heart syndrome. The Japanese word Takotsubo refers to an atypical (unusual) ballooning syndrome, or stressed induced cardiomyopathy where there is a sudden, yet temporary, weakening of a portion of the heart muscle (the pumping chamber in the left ventricle). It has been popularly christened “broken heart syndrome” because […]
With climate change atop the list of today’s young hearts and minds, we thought we’d try our hands at compiling a top ten list of the scariest creation care films of all time. These films aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re controversial. They’re scary. But they may spark a debate… and maybe that’s not […]
You never know what you’ll find, if you wander in to a local house of worship. It may resonate, it may not. Sleuthing for a church home surely takes a bit of fearlessness. But the rewards – enrichment in your spiritual life, and a greater sense of connection and community – are well worth the effort. […]
Happy Followers Day! Who ever said that greeting card companies are the only ones who can start up celebrations? In 2011 we proposed Followers Day… and this April 17th will mark five years of celebration. Time flies, when you’re having fun, and it’s always a blessing to reflect on our various walks of faith with […]
cas·u·ist·ry /kaZHəwəstrē/ — Noun: The use of clever, perhaps intentionally subtle and often unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions. A person engaging in causistry can have the intention to deceive, or to defend an action or feeling as morally just. A theoretical rule is chosen that appears to resolve some particular instance of a moral […]
Podfade /pädfād/ – Noun: The experience where a podcast that started strong begins to have episodes appear less frequently, or the content of the podcast grows less compelling. Slowly, the podcast fades into obscurity or oblivion. We’ve just launched our first podcast, featuring The Lord’s Prayer in many languages. We are working hard in hopes we don’t […]
Yarnbombing / yärn’bäm’iŋ/ – Noun: A form of street art where objects in the public eye are cloaked, at least in part, with yarn of any form. Yarnbombing, also known as yarn storming, or graffitti knitting, is a relatively new, viral street art that’s found in cities large and small, all across the world. It is […]
Welcome, all new visitors who found us through the “Lenten Journey” put on by the American Baptist Church – a creative “photo-journal” adventure that has been so enjoyable to us, and surely other participants feel the same way. What a great concept by the American Baptist Church! We joined the journey a few days into the season of Lent, after […]
Guest Sermon on Ecclesiastes by Lauren Speeth Recorded March 18, 2016 ~ Burlingame United Methodist Church Transcript: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to you, Lord, our rock and our redeemer. <<a quick, amusing and unplanned break to borrow some glasses>> March is Bible Appreciation Month. And […]
Our WebGems selection for Spring, 2016 is the transportive “River of Your Grace,” a song written by Kevin Morgenstern. This song features the band Healing Stream, with a few magic falling shamrocks and triskeles courtesy Elfenworks Productions, LLC. Bay Area locals, catch Healing Stream at the alternative worship service at Burlingame United Methodist Church. Friday “Evenings […]
The annual “Mariner’s Sunday” tradition honors “they that go down to the sea in ships.” In 2016, the event takes place on March 6th. Congregations around the world – as well as nautical-related organizations – participate in various ways. For example, in the Bay Area, according to sailSFbay.org, there is a service at St. Luke’s […]
Hey valentines… we wish you love and joy and peace today. And we thought it might be fun to think back a moment to the reason this holiday began. St. Valentine lived in the 3rd century, an era of persecution under emperor Claudius II (Claudius Gothicus). This alone is reason to celebrate him. But there’s […]
Lab·y·rinth /lab’ə’rinθ/ — Noun: A maze of paths or passages with symbolic or impenetrable borders, as in a garden. In Christian practice, the labyrinth leads inward to the center, then outward again, and the path itself is winding, echoing life. Ever wonder how to walk a labyrinth? The pilgrim walking the labyrinth often removes shoes […]
“Remember your baptism and be thankful!” Happy Sunday! This Sunday is traditionally held as the day where Christian baptism is remembered. Of course, many who are baptized as babies likely won’t remember back that far. Fear not, because thinking back on the moment itself isn’t necessary. Today, the point is to dwell in that special […]
Our WebGems selection for Midwinter (December 2015 / January 2016) is the haunting “Mary Did You Know?” that we have been allowed to share with you courtesy of Peter Hollens. The song, available for purchase at loudr.fm, speaks for itself. Our thanks to Peter Hollens, for allowing us to embed this video and feature it as […]
Undaunted by the much needed rain in our thirsty state, volunteers from a number of local churches and organizations joined together to create a free, enjoyable, transportive experience for all who desire to partake. There is also live streaming video at BethlehemAD.com With all the volunteers and care, it’s surprising they put on the event for multiple […]
Spotted in Boston… mittens, scarves and hats…. free for the taking. The sign, strategically placed, and decorated with a colorful snowflake and hand-drawn mitten, says simply, “are you stuck out in the cold? please take what you need to stay warm.” Another sign, on a nearby tree, points out, “I am not lost!” These hats are not […]
Because Halloween has roots predating Christianity, many folks fear and shun it. In doing so, they lose out on a rich and storied tradition within the church itself.
Websites can be WebGem Finds, Too! We’ll start with two sites that help you locate tidbits about history, so useful in making interesting sermons or speeches. We’ll choose yesterday, October 23, 2015 as a baseline, and we offer two “on this day” related websites for events for this day in history, other than the ever-present Wikipedia engine. […]
We light a candle today for Dr. Susan Alexander Speeth. This “in memoriam” post was originally written on October 23rd, 2015, marking the 40th anniversary of her untimely passing. A young mother with a doctorate in microbiology who was working at University of Pennsylvania as a biology lab technician, Susan herself was much more than a headline. […]
Good people leave an inheritance to their children’s children. – Prov 13:22a We’re all called to be good stewards, and water is increasingly recognized as a critical component of our stewardship. According to the UK site WaterWise, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh, and less than a third of this is both fresh and available for use. In […]
This dad’s response when his daughter is bullied – a profound message of healthy self-love and self-care – is a true WebGem in our eyes, worthy of multiple viewings and shares: Grateful thanks to Khari Toure for generously allowing us to share the above video with you, and highlight it as a WebGem. When contacted, his […]
Accurate assessment (or evaluation) is an essential first step in providing care… whether as an official ministrant or unofficially, as a caring friend. It helps you know where to help, by figuring out what area is really troubling someone. Watch our intro video, and consider these Three Steps to Success: Step 1: Choose a Framework. While there are […]
Not just for ministrants… this is useful for anyone in a public forum. Learn how YOU can be more successful, when speaking in front of others. You may have worked hours on your speech or sermon. It’s time to take it the next step. Simply invest a few minutes in these three videos from public speaking coach Richard Butterfield: Part […]
Theo·di·cy /θiēˈädəsē/ – Noun: Arguments in light of the presence of evil that vindicate God as forever good, loving, and powerful. For ideas on how to wade into these waters, see also our handy How2 entry on Theodicy/Apologetics and on “What Not to Say to the Suffering. What are WebDefs? WebDefs – simple definitions of key terms relating to […]
Do you have a collection of items that call for display, but limited wall space to give each one an individual wall? Ever tried a wall montage but been disappointed with the result? Us too! So, we asked a professional. Now, follow us as we watch an interior designer with over 25 years of experience step us through […]
We announced today our official name change! Previously called The Center for Nonharming Ministries will henceforth be called NHM Ministrants. As the name suggests, NHM Ministrants continues to uphold and expound on the concept of nonharming – active harm prevention – in ministry and in daily life. Read more!
Dedication /ˌdedəˈkāSH(ə)n/ – Noun: The quality of being wholeheartedly committed to a purpose. The following song, by the band A Moment’s Worth illustrates dedication beautifully:Start Where You Are by A Moment’s Worth Grateful thanks to A Moment’s Worth for allowing us to embed this content. Ten Biblical Examples of Dedication Jesus – was willing to live and die for us because of […]
Three… Why Not? Sermon by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth – July 19, 2015 The following sermon was delivered at the Burlingame United Methodist Church on Sunday July 19th, 2015 by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. It is archived here for your interest, and we should also have audio available […]
Martial Art /märSHəl ärt/ – Noun: Codified systems hailing from combat practice using physical skill and coordination, often without weapons. Tai Chi Chuan /tī CHē CHwän/ – Noun: A Chinese martial art approximately meaning “supreme ultimate first,” emphasizing meditative calm and overall physical health. It exercises mind and body, with a series of slow, controlled […]
When your body is hurting, you go to a healer. Well, why not the country? There’s a reason people call their homeland country “our mother country” (or fatherland). We are a body, together. Well, looking around at the USA, it’s clear she’s hurting. We’ve been pondering how to help. Then came the lightbulb moment! Why not look to feedback […]
Hungarian is one of 24 languages of the European Union (EU) and is the official language of Hungary. It is also spoken by people of Hungarian descent worldwide, and in communities of people living in neighboring countries, such as Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. Text Mi Atyánk, aki a mennyekben vagy, Szenteltessék meg a Te neved; Jöjjön el a […]
CINO /sē nō/ – Acronym: This acronym stands for “Christian in Name Only.” It is used as a perjorative term, to describe self-avowed Christians who don’t live up to the speaker’s standards as a Christ follower. A Word to Those Hurling Epithets Are you, yourself, a Christ follower? If so, you will understand how it’s not possible to […]
Below, we have assembled our top ten films where Catholic nuns and priests are central to the story, and where the stories themselves provide food for thought. No, The Sound of Music didn’t make the list. It’s really a love story. The nunnery and nuns simply provide a hideaway or backdrop. What we mean, by this post, […]
As ever, we had the hardest time limiting ourselves to only ten! Below, for your kind consideration, our Top Ten Uplifting / Spiritual Animations of All Time. The Secret of the Kells – This film couples breathtaking animation, historic accuracy, and a youthful hero’s story: the Vikings are coming! Toy Story – Toys and their relationship […]
Posidemic /päzəˌdemik/ – Compound Noun: The contagious spread of something beneficial. The idea of a posidemic is the similar to an epidemic, in that it refers to contagion, but differs in that it specifically refers to the spread of something positive. Often, the term is used to relate to ideas, which also can take hold and spread. The spread […]
Soup kitchen /so͞op kiCHən/– Noun: A place where food is served to those in need. Any place with a heart for the hungry can be a soup kitchen, on occasion. See the story, below! Loc Nguyen, a lifelong educator and member of the Burlingame United Methodist Church offered a challenged to all who have ears: let’s […]
Some folks are scratching their heads, asking, “What’s TBC?” Others haven’t heard even a whisper yet. If you haven’t heard of TBC, you can bet that you will, at some point. And, depending on the point of view of the writer, what you’re likely to hear will have quite a slant… in the Bay Area, that slant might be […]
Umuganda – /o͞o’mo͞o’gändə/ – Noun a “day of global service.” The word literally means “coming together towards a common outcome,” and is expressed as compulsory cleanup effort by citizens in their home towns. Implemented as a tool for reconciliation and strengthening societal ties, the practice is now embraced at all levels. Although some choose to […]
A Word Cloud is an often beautiful representation of the ideas contained in a document. Words that are mentioned most often are represented in a larger font size than words that appear less often. Here, a few examples of word clouds, created at wordle.net, from the textbook for our forthcoming class, The Healer’s Path. Does […]
Accep’tance /əkˈseptəns/ – Noun: The quality of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into or remain a part of a group. To provide, or to feel, a sense of welcome or favorable reception. The following quote by American author Mark Twain spotted on the side of a bus, in San Francisco: “I have always […]
Touched by the situation facing nine million refugees in what’s now known as the Syrian Refugee Crisis (or in Europe, the related Mediterranean Refugee Crisis, as Syrian and Libyan refugees attempt to flee in unseaworthy boats)? If you are looking to help, we salute you. Here are top ten things to keep in mind, all […]
Gay Marriage. it’s the big topic of the day around the water cooler. The Supreme Court has made it the law of the land. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been quoted as saying he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage1. Perhaps you have made up your mind. Perhaps you have not. Are you […]
Does the Nepal Quake have you quaking in your boots? Check out Quake Tips, a Web Gem of a resource, brought to you by none other than Dr. Matthew Springer, a cardiac researcher at UCSF who works hard studying the effects of second-hand smoke: Quake Tips – Nepal Post Saturday, April 25, 2015 Do the […]
The devastating earthquake in Nepal – the worst in over eighty years – has prompted many to wonder, “how can I help?” Keep in mind these top ten: Activate Your Connections. If you are already associated with a house of worship that is affiliated with a denomination, then likely that organization is already involved. For example, a […]
Our Spring WebGem features Rev. Andrea Davidson, as she invites us to enter into a process of co-creating with God, dreaming of a better tomorrow. Because God’s vision is greater than our own, we each may be called to an area – an aspect – of God’s greater vision. She makes a great point: God will set our hearts on […]
Hey folks… here for your pleasure, our Top Ten “soul stretching non-“poverty porn” films that delve into the tragedy of poverty, inequality, and moral relativism. Yep, that’s a mouthful. Here we go… Top Ten Picks O Brother Where Art Thou? – Every aspect of a Greek heroic journey, set to fabulous music in the depression. The […]
Public Trust Doctrine /pəblik trəst däktrən/ – Compound Noun: The principle that the government has a fiduciary responsibility to maintain certain resources for the public’s reasonable use. The public trust doctrine holds that governments can and must protect vital resources for the whole of the public. The doctrine can be traced back to ancient Roman times, when the emperor […]
Revenge Porn /rəˈvenj pôrn/ – Compound Noun: The abusive act of posting (or blackmailing with threats of posting) images of a sexual nature, without the subject’s consent. Any image that would threaten a person’s honor or inspire shame would fit this definition, even if it isn’t explicit. So, in some cultures, even unveiled hair or […]
Pride /prīd/ Noun: Preoccupation with self. One of the seven deadly sins. We live in interesting times, when words gain new meanings. For some, the word pride is associated with dignity, and standing up for one’s rights as children of God. It’s good to recognize your worth and not allow yourself to be trod upon. […]
A traditional site of Jesus’ baptism, Mt. Nebo, and mosaics in an ancient church in Madaba…
Here, our Top Ten “Hero Journey” Sci-Fi picks for your enjoyment. It was SO HARD to stop at ten. We could have added Logan’s Run and Soylent Green – two films that take ageism to the extreme. And many, many others. So, what do you think. Is it a good start? Did we capture a few of […]
Hey folks, we’re inaugurating a new Top Ten feature. We’ll have selections of favorites for your consideration. And we’re starting with “Top Ten Must-See God-Type Film Subjects.” Yes, with movie links, of course! Here we go… Top Ten Must-See Flicks Picks God Pays a Visit – We’ve got you covered. George Burns plays God in the Oh, […]
A merry heart does you good, like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries your bones. – Proverb 17:22 Here for your viewing pleasure, our list of Top Ten Comedies with a Spiritual Side. What do you think, did we catch your favorites? Top Ten Comedy Picks Groundhog Day – Waking up day after day, what would you […]
The Institute for Policy Studies released their report on March 19, 2015: “The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty” with a Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. They have asked us to share it widely, and once you read it, we know you will find it compelling as well. The full report […]
NHM Ministrants rings in today with our support and encouragement for three groups. For the record, we are an independent Christian Center (and welcoming to all visitors of any faith) and our Center Director is an ordained Baptist minister. Today’s words of support are in regards to a current controversy about the invitation of an inspiring preacher and thought leader to a […]
The Lorica, or St. Patrick’s Breastplate, according to tradition, was an old Celtic prayer adapted by St. Patrick, beloved patron saint of Ireland, about 433 A.D.. In it, the person praying dons metaphorical spiritual armor against the darkness that might be faced during the day ahead. The Lorica is a fine example of a protection prayer, a type of prayer well known […]
We light a candle today for Dr. Sheridan Speeth. Today (January 26, 2015) marks the 20th anniversary of his passing. Sheridan Speeth (1937-1995) held a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Columbia, a master’s from Harvard (where he was a graduate assistant to behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner) and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin. In his early […]
WHAT: Living the Nonviolent Life WHERE: Saint Mary’s College Chapel WHEN: February 25, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Mission and Ministry Center with funds from The Elfenworks Foundation peace initiative www.elfenworks.org/peace. Don’t miss Fr. John Dear as he reveals insights on living a nonviolent life that he has learned from his lifetime of […]
Consider the lowly squirrel. Squirrels are everywhere. They have wonderful, bushy tails. That’s one reason we love them. When people are asked, “Why do we love squirrels, and not rats?” the bushy tail is what comes to mind. There is a squirrel about town …read more!
A Christmastide Sermon Burlingame United Methodist Church December 28, 2014 Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth Listen to Sermon Here I love Christmas carols… they tell stories. We all love a good story, and one thing that sets Christmas apart is the most wonderful story, for at the heart of Christianity is a story of […]
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Our January WebGem was selected because of how much fun Rev. Keck has reminding us about life, authenticity and the story of Martha. It’s a great way to start the New Year! Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon with you […]
Father Bill was a towering presence. A dedicated priest who served for over 50 years before retiring, he was especially concerned for the poor, infirm, elderly, and home-bound. He was often involved in efforts for the food pantry at the Catholic church in San Mateo where he served. He had a special heart for children, […]
This WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into this book for us. He brings in Jung, love, feminism, and awakens us to how this book – and our lives – are filled with synchronicities. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us […]
November 14th is Children’s Day in India. Children’s day, or in Hindi Bal Diwas, is celebrated on Pandit Nehru’s birthday, because he’s known to have loved children. It’s a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood, children and perhaps even the young at heart.
Mastery Glimpse /mast(ə)rē glimps/ – Noun: A partial, momentary, shepherded experience of excelling beyond current attainment that helps a person envision self as future master. A gift from master to beginner. Mastery Glimpses allow a beginner to taste what it might feel like to be really successful at something, in the future. As we envision […]
Fear /fir/ Noun: The unpleasant experience of threat, danger or concern there may be immanent harm. Boo! Scared you? We surely hope not. Yet everyone is afraid, now and again. It’s part of being human. And some of us are more afraid of different things than others. We polled the office very unscientifically and came up with […]
Our November WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into the Book of Job – a book that delves into suffering but that can be a bit hard to interpret: Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon on Job. […]
Who needs God? Without God, can a secular society find its way towards any right relationships? Are we swinging the pendulum now towards worshiping the secular?
Our October WebGem was selected because of how the founder explains her “aha!” vision: Grateful thanks to Julie Benac, Production Manager of The Empowerment Plan, for permission to share the video above with you, and with our partners in India, for our Widows in India Status and Empowerment (WISE) project that also focuses on sewing for empowerment. The Detroit-based […]
Access to all lessons is at the bottom of this page – scroll down after reading ALL directions. WELCOME! You’ve taken the critical first step along The Healer’s Path. Now, let’s make sure you have what you need to succeed. To be successful you will need three things. First, you will need the physical tools […]
Session Objectives: Deepen your understanding of your role as a caretaker of all of God’s creation; discover what it means to be “green,” gaining confidence conveying creation care concepts to others; make convincing cases for taking a long-term view; garner new ideas for stopping/preventing harmful activities; and feel the joy that comes from following God’s […]
Session Objectives – Beyond Tolerance: Explore & expand the boundaries of compassion, opening new avenues for kinship and neighboring. Grow in self-awareness, asking, “whom do I barely tolerate?” Experience first-hand testimonials of the “othering” (setting apart, shunning) experience, including the connection between such shunning and suicide. Work more easily across historic barriers as you grow key […]
Session Objectives: Communication is key, in the 21st century! Gain skills that will help you immediately… You’ll learn to: analyze & respond to attacks nonviolently; communicate more effectively with those who are suffering; discuss uncomfortable subjects with greater ease; access nuanced language for trigger-topic subjects; and embrace the positive effects of using varied God language. […]
Session Objectives: Master the art of the invitation, communicating easily with beginners and those who feel “left outside.” Embrace your mentorship role as a master of an art, enhancing your own creativity while finding joy in bringing out the creativity in others. ~ Back ~*~ Next ~ About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created […]
Objectives for Session 5, “Start Within II: Self-Discovery Through Feedback” Gain greater self-awareness; gather & use feedback of a personal nature that will help you grow as an open-hearted “shalom” person. ~ Back ~*~ Next ~ ###### About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke […]
Objectives for Session 4, “Start Within Session I – Interior Landscape” Grow as an open-hearted “Shalom Person; gain greater self-awareness & learn spiritual self-care; cultivate mental flexibility & presence, learn teachable techniques for taking control of one’s thoughts; grow your conflict resolution, mediation & arbitration skills; access proven tools for stress reduction that they can […]
Session 3, Models Then & Now, Objectives: During this session you will find wisdom in the stories of those who go before, gaining grounding in the “Way of the Healer’s Path.” These are inspiring, relatable stories that will linvigorate you now, and that you can share, as you experience yourself as the new hands & feet of […]
Session Objectives: Explore & expand your vision; learn a framework for transformational change, sharing the wisdom & experience of Jimmy Carter; grow your leadership effectiveness; apply this methodology to diverse areas; understand when to invent versus adopt; gain a framework for more productive partnerships; appreciate more fully your own special skills; gain a new appreciation […]
Session 1 Objectives: The Theology that forms the basis of the Healer’s Path, sometimes called “nonharming ministry,” draws from a rich diversity of approaches developed so far within the fields of religious studies, applied ministry and chaplaincy, and also from disciplines outside the religious framework, including social entrepreneurship, biomedical ethics, and various fields within psychology. During Session 1 you will explore these […]
Objectives for Session 10, Minister as Healer: Define minister as healer, to: know the key components of healing prayer; rediscover truths in Dante’s Inferno; explore the connection: life & motion; gain fresh perspectives on gospel healing stories; avoid key pitfalls in the healer’s path; appreciate your mentorship and master/beginner role as applies to healing; delve into the […]
NOTE TO STUDENTS We always strive to balance between not overwhelming you with content, but providing you with a firm foundation in the discipline. With that in mind, as you move through this class, if you feel there is something that should be considered by the instructor for inclusion in future classes, please jot down the reference, […]
September 21, 2014 made history, as 310,000 people took to the streets of New York in the largest climate march ever. Added to these numbers were hundreds of thousands of others, at over 2,600 events worldwide. Locally, supporters were cheered by onlookers in downtown San Mateo, right on El Camino Real. It struck us that El Camino Real […]
For anyone who enjoys delving into Hebrew, there’s a beautiful – truly wonderful – fully interconnected online Jewish Text resource, Sefaria. The visionaries who dreamed up this site are taking Jewish commentary to the logical next step: the virtual world, where they aim to include and interactively link the Aleph Bet, Tanakh, Talmud, Zohar, and much more. Replete with […]
September 10th is Net Neutrality Day – Communities are joining together to keep the internet interesting… with an #internetslowdown for #netneutrality. A symbolic slowdown seems entirely nonharming. What a lovely, creative way to voice an interest in an open internet.
Look closely at this parking meter. What’s that, popping up through the available crack in the concrete sidewalk? Totally unexpectedly, and ready to bear good fruit… a dandelion? Not quite… A tomato plant! If a tomato can find a way to bear fruit through a crack in a hard, concrete sidewalk, then maybe so can […]
Our WebGems selection for July, 2014 is a brilliant “Act FAST,” a “Maude’s Meddlings” presentation from Emeritus Senior Living. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA but more than a third of Americans wouldn’t recognize symptoms. You could help save a life by paying attention to this little two minute video: Posted with […]
Pen·te·cost /pentəˌkôst/ – Noun: The Sunday marking the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His Ascension. Pentecost Sunday is observed ten days after Ascension Thursday, and seven weeks after Easter, concluding the Easter Season. The word hails from the Greek, Πεντηκοστή (literally fiftieth), referring to the fiftieth day after Easter. It coincides with the […]
Our WebGems selection for Summer, 2014 is a brilliant “Happiness Rap” that we have been allowed to share with you courtesy of Happy Newcomer. It presents 12 easy steps to boost your happiness, from the book –The How of Happiness– by Sonja Lyubomirsky, in a catchy rap written and performed by Abdominal, a Toronto rapper. Our thanks to Maya Evia, […]
In the brief video presentation below, Brother Camillus Chavez, FSC PhD, explains why, when we meditate, we grow better and better. Why Meditate? This is the first video offering from Brother Camillus Chavez, FSC PhD – an octogenarian Christian Brother who teaches meditation at Saint Mary’s College of California. He has dedicated his life’s work […]
Bib·li·cal Ex·e·ge·sis /eksiˈjēsis/- Noun: Structured method for analysis and interpretation of biblical text. From the Greek ἐξηγητής. Ei·se·ge·sis /ˈīsəˈjēsis/ – Noun: To draw in purely subjective interpretations unsupported by the text. <<Note: avoid doing this>> Her·me·neu·tic /hərməˈn(y)o͞odik/ – Adj: Objective, explanatory, esp. regarding texts. The study of methodical principles of interpretation. By biblical exegesis, we […]
We offer a new video that shares the back story of how our Center got its start. In it, we show a number of protest posters such as this one, “Accept Diversity,” spotted in Seattle, WA on a warm summer day in 2009. The sign was held by a very youthful and peaceful counter-protester, outside a little […]
Grief /grēf/ – Noun: The keenly felt sorrow over a loss, separation, or death. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ famous book, On Death & Dying, identified stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, not everyonegoes through the same stages in the same order. We all suffer, but our experience is uniquely our own. Select Bible Verses […]
Ad·mon·ish /ədˈmäniSH/ – Verb: To remind, reprove, or urge to right action, in a mild and good-willed manner, for a person’s well-being. First among the spiritual works of mercy, along with instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injury, and praying for the living and the dead, is admonishing […]
You’ve likely read our “WebDef” on Death… we define it as permanent cessation of all vital functions; an irreversable ending. From a Christian perspective, the moment of the soul’s departure, as the breath of God no longer animates the body. And now, here are our “top ten” Bible quotes on the subject! Top Ten Bible […]
Our WebGems selection for May, 2014 is an adorable animation for children of incarcerated parents, which we share with you courtesy of the Children’s Justice Alliance, a program of Pathfinders of Oregon. It reminds children that they aren’t bad just because they have incarcerated parents. Our thanks to Mindy Clark of the Alliance for allowing […]
The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine: as for the world and the fullness thereof, Thou hast founded them. The north and the south Thou hast created them. [Psalm 89:11-12a] Happy Earth Day! You are One Click Away from… 1. Top Ten Easy Creation Care Steps – Take Action Page 2. Top Ten Book Picks on Creation Care […]
Does your building echo? Do you struggle to get the message to the people in the back? There are some easy steps to take, especially if you have funds for a retrofit. 1. Floors: carpet can dampen sound, but it can also be expensive to clean and maintain. 2. Furniture: Carpet and fabric cover chairs […]
Light /līt/ – Noun: A form of energy known as electromagnetic radiation; the quality of illumination that shines in contrast to darkness. A friend is one on whom you can rely, and a close friend is one in whom you can trust. While the electronic age has accustomed us to using the word friend quite loosly – some folks […]
The vocation of music director is its own special ministry and calling. If you’re stepping in, or if you’re new at it, the experience can really be daunting. Here are a few quick tips on music direction, to help you on your way: Know Your Musicians & Choir A good music director spends time getting […]
Friend /frend/ – Noun: One who shares a connection of affection, regard, support or trust. The difference between a friend and a friendly acquaintance is that a friend is someone whose connection is stronger. You can rely on a friend in a way you would not rely on an acquaintance. While the electronic age has […]
Thought /thôt/ – Noun: an idea, opinion, or picture formed in the mind about the past, future, or present. Thunk /thəngk/ – Noun: a pre-thought thought. An idea that is not original. A.N.T. (Automatic Negative Thought) /ant/ – Noun: gloomy, cynical, negative, complaining and depressing thoughts that are self-defeating in nature. Common ANTs include: guilt-trip, fortune-telling, mind-reading, catastrophizing, filtering […]
Glut·ton·y /glətn-ē/ – Noun: Habitual overindulgence; the inordinate consumption of more than is needed or healthful. Gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride. See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]
Traffic / ˈtrafik/ – Noun: to trade in something illegal. In “human trafficking” this is to treat humans as possessions and as subject to involuntary abduction, transport, or exploitation, or sale. Human Trafficking. It’s almost unthinkable that it still exists, in the 21st century. Yet sadly, it does. Some would wrongheadedly argue that the Bible […]
According to Cure Violence, a nonprofit ranked #9 on Global Journal’s Top 100 NGOs in 2013, violence is an epidemic, and the leading cause of death for persons under 34 years old. Christians profess to be followers of Jesus, who met his end in a most violent and terrible way at about age 33 ,and […]
Wonderful gift ideas that go a step beyond. Item 1: Resurrection Roast #resurrectionroast – Certified organic, locally roasted, fair trade coffee… yours for a donation to the Kelly Avenue Catholic Worker. See their website for details. >> click here Item 2: A Donation of $25 or more will send a beautiful >>Mother’s Day card, courtesy […]
I·so·la·tion /īsəˈlāshən/ – Noun: The experience of being set or placed apart; out of contact; detached or separated so as to be alone. We all experience isolation from time to time. Since the dawn of history, societies have used isolation as a means of removing a perceived problem from their midst. The experience of painful aloneness is […]
Ed·u·ca·tion /ejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the act of sharing knowledge, skills, or experience. Mis·ed·u·ca·tion /misˈejəˈkāshən/- Noun: the communication of information that, while believed to be true, is actually misleading. We participate in education whenever knowledge, skills or experience is passed along from one to another in any formalized manner, whether through a school, an apprenticeship, or a group study or […]
To “stir up a hornet’s nest” means to cause a commotion. When you mess with hornets, you can get stung. It’s a phrase that dates back to the early 1700s, and it’s not known who first coined the term. Yes, it’s good to take care when stirring up trouble. But it’s also good to remember that […]
Our Easter WebGem. Easter is our most holy Holiday and a time when we celebrate the resurrection, the triumph of light over darkness and life over death. We feel this video is a “must watch” because it imparts a critical skill: it just might help you save someone’s life. Now, THAT would truly be in keeping with the Easter spirit, […]
Nose·gay /nōzˌgā/ – Noun: A small, sweetly scented bunch of flowers, used to offset unpleasant odors. The word “nosegay” is from Middle English, meaning “ornament for the nose.” The little, fragrant bouquets were customary in Europe in the middle ages, before the widespread installation of plumbing. They were helpful in offsetting the often overwhelming “scent” of […]
Every day it’s easier to make high quality recordings. Here we offer a few quick tips for recording success: 1.Find a quiet space, away from distractions. 2.Place cell phones in “airplane” mode or power them down completely–cell phones can cause interference, even if you aren’t using them. Turn off the radio, TV, and any other appliances that […]
Three Great Reasons to Garden 1. Local food is tasty, healthy and beautiful. 2. Abundance can be shared with those less fortunate. 3. Gardening grounds us. We feel connected with God’s good earth. Seven Secrets for Small Space Gardens Look at your space, and decide what containers you’ll use. You can garden vertically, have a raised […]
Hun·ger / həngər/– Noun: discomfort or weakness caused by lack of nourishment. Related Definitions Food / fo͞od/ – Noun: material taken for nourishment. Food in·se·cur·i·ty – /insiˈkyo͝oritē/ -Compound Noun: inconsistent access to adequate food, due to lack of money or other resources. Select Bible Verses on Spiritual Hunger Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst […]
Home·less·ness /hōmlisnis/ – Noun: the state of lacking fixed, adequate shelter. Select Bible Verses on Homelessness And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or […]
Sensitivity /sensiˈtivitē/ – Noun: quality of having awareness or responsiveness to the feelings of others. Care with our communications is becoming more and more crucial, as WWW brings these communications across the globe in nanoseconds, and all the world becomes one small interconnected global village. This category includes: a gentle art of nonviolent communication, stigma […]
Sus·tain·a·ble /səˈstānəbəl/ – Noun: Practice that can be upheld or defended, and is viable over the long term. Top 10 Bible Verses on Sustainability And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding […]
There are all sorts of ways to manifest an eMinistry. It can be a social media presence, an online Bible study, or even a web based radio show. Our Center Director had the privilege to speak with Rev. Dr. Alethea Smith-Withers, host of Rev UP with Rev. Alethea recently, on topics ranging from eMinistry to creative ways […]
Our WebGems selection for April, 2014 is Jason Gray’s “Remind Me Who I Am” This song reminds us that the labels that people place on us are not the way that God sees us. Our thanks to Jason Gray, and to Stephen Duncan and Centricity Music Publishing, for giving us permission to embed this video […]
Take a moment to meditate on the cherry blossom… a harbinger of Spring. In Japan, there is a centuries-old practice of gathering to enjoy a picnic under a the blossoms, known as Hanami. No matter where we may find ourselves, it is always in our power to close our eyes, take a few breaths, and […]
Below, The Lord’s Prayer in Ilocano, the third most commonly spoken language in the Philippines. Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Ilocano, as spoken by Corrie de Boer: Video Text Amami, nga addaka sadi langit Madaydayaw kuma ti Naganmo Umay kuma ti pagariam. Maaramid kuma ti pagayatam Kas sadi langit kasta […]
Wis·dom /wizdəm/ – Noun: The nature of having true understanding and discernment. The Bible is replete with wisdom. Some have mused that its letters could stand for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. That said, The Bible isn’t always easy to crack open. Here’s a little biblical wisdom on how to delve into biblical wisdom: Take Rev. […]
Arizona, known for deserts and striking landscapes, is also gaining a reputation as a leader in all things green. Consider the Sedona International Film Festival, with its Sedona Green, an entire portion of the festival dedicated to environmental subject matter. The town itself nestles into a hillside, and keeps a low profile, with colors that also match. Recycling and […]
How do you maintain your web presence? Chances are, it’s with a volunteer. Webdesigners are usually barraged with requests for help by friends who have boutique small business. They are frequently also asked by their houses of worship to volunteer their services as well. But, there’s a case to be made for investing some of […]
This eMinistry-specific WebGem is a prayer of encouragement, from Arthur Blessitt. Grateful thanks to Arthur Blessitt and his eMinistry at www.blessitt.com, for permission to post this prayer, “to help you to focus on the real power in this world and in the real love you can experience.” Here is the full text of the prayer: […]
Our first eMinistry-specific WebGem introduces The Gospel of Luke as a great entry point to reading the Bible, and sheds light on the parable of The Good Samaritan. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. James Keck and First Plymouth Church of Lincoln, Nebraska for permission to post this sermon, taken from their informative podcast series. About […]
Hai·ku /hī’ko͞o/ – Noun: Minimalist poetic form following a 3-line, 5-7-5 syllable structure, hailing from Japan, often evoking nature to point to universal truths. In the traditional Japanese form, Haiku often included a surprise juxtaposition in the last line. One of Haiku’s most famous master practitioners was Matsuo Kinsaku, popularly known as Basho (1644-1694). Basho lived in Japan’s […]
Re·li·gion /riˈlijən/ – Noun: Set of beliefs about the nature of the world and one’s relation to it; the way a person relates self to the greater picture. At its best, religion offers insights into the deeper meaning of life itself, shedding light on the reason we are here, helping to provide a sense of purpose and sacred belonging. At […]
Our WebGems selection for March, 2014 is Count it Victory: This song perfectly expresses a healthy, spirit-filled outlook that considers all of our experiences, and counts them as victories. Our thanks to Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers, for giving us permission to embed this video and feature it as a WebGem.
City /sitē/ – Noun: An area of dense human population that has mass and permanence and that meets basic human needs, such as for work, housing, education and recreation. Cities are as diverse as flowers. Some cities, such as Los Angeles, sprawl so widely that most residents depend on cars. Others are so compact that […]
Jus·tice /jəstis/ – Noun: Moral rightness, fairness. The Bible is replete with stories and teachings about justice. There are enough, in fact, that an edition of the Bible exists, pointing them out in orange (see povertyandjusticebible.org). The Old Testament: Widows and Orphans When reading the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) you might notice the term “widow and orphan” […]
Grace /grās/ – Noun: seemingly effortless beauty of form and motion. In Christian contexts, an outpouring of loving-kindness, mercy, favor, and blessing unrelated to effort or merit. Amazing grace is the stuff of many a Christian song. We may find the concept amazing simply because it bears no relationship with anything we’ve done for ourselves. It’s entirely unmerited. It’s a gift from […]
ich·a·ri·ba chode /ē’chärēbəˈchōd/ – Phrase: Okinawan phrase meaning “having met, we are as siblings.” Rarely will you find an entire phrase as a WebDefs entry. However, this phrase from Okinawa is worth our attention. In contrast to members of Japanese society as a whole, Okinawans are among the longest lived, happiest people on earth. A documentary […]
Kar·o·shi /käˈrōshē/ – Noun: Death by overwork. Karoshi, 過労死, is a Japanese term relating to the occupational sudden death due to job-related exhaustion. Generally, the cause of death is reported as heart attack or stroke, but the deaths are commonly thought to arise from the workplace culture of “voluntary” unpaid overtime and a process known as Japanese Production […]
There is a saying in theological circles: there are layers of meanings to be discovered in scripture. For some of these meanings, knowledge of the original languages in which the various books of the Bible were written – Hebrew and Greek – can be greatly helpful. These days, it’s easier than ever to gain a […]
Love to read? so do we! Of course, we had to ring in with our top ten… Here’s our list. We bet some of ours are on your top ten, too! 1. The Bible No Christian bookshelf would be complete without at least one Bible. We have a shelf full of various editions. Here are […]
Scrip·ture /skrip’chər/ – Noun: The sacred writings of a religion. In a Christian context, scripture refers to text from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament. Taken together, they form what we commonly refer to as The Bible. Scripture is not all alike; there are various genres of scriptural writings in the Bible: Genres in Christian Scripture History – […]
Ca·no·ni·cal /kəˈnänikəl/ – Adj: officially accepted into the list of recognized scripture. From the Greek κανών, for measuring stick. The Christian Bible is made up of a number of distinct books, beginning with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and so on, through Revelation. This collection of books that gelled gradually in a process that took hundreds of years, […]
Om·ni·pres·ence /ämnəˈprezns/ – Noun: Existing everywhere, on all planes and at all times. God is always with us, at once transcendent – greater than us – and also immanent – nearer than our very breath. God is everywhere, and at every time: past, present and future. This is what we mean by the omnipresence of God. Select […]
Mir·a·cle /mirikəl/ – Noun: A spontaneous, wondrous, and unexpected event expressing God’s divine will and transcending human understanding. When any event, big or small, inspires awe and wonder, and turns our attention to God, that event might be considered a miracle, by some definitions. By other definitions, the only true miracles are events that transcend the very laws of […]
Strife /strīf/ – Noun: Angry, painful disagreement; bitter conflict. Few of us enjoy strife, yet so often our own actions can play a part in disturbing the very harmony we profess to seek. The following biblical passages discuss strife, and provide guidance about how to live a more tranquil, peaceful, harmonious life. Select Bible Passages […]
Dis·cord /diskôrd/ – Noun: a combination that is antagonistic and displeasing, confused or harsh. Although discord is unpleasant, it is sometimes necessary. This is never more true than when it disturbs a false peace or an unjust status quo. Jesus may have recognized this disruptive influence when He said that He came to bring not peace but […]
A·buse /əˈbyo͞oz/ – Noun: To use improperly, unjustly, or to harmful effect. The Bible is clear in teaching love, kindness and respect, and refraining from harm of self or others. Its pages admonish against abuse in any forms, such as the abuse of authority, the abuse of another person, or the abuse of drugs and alcohol that harm your […]
Suf·fer·ing /sʌfərɪŋ/- Noun: the experience of distress; a part of the human condition. So universal is suffering, so much a part of the human condition, that the late Irish poet Seamus Heany entitled one of his poems, simply, “Human Beings Suffer.”1 We all experience distress when our body feels pain or when we suffer loss or unwelcome change in our lives. But […]
Sol·i·dar·i·ty /sälə’dəritē/ – Noun: Purposeful unity. Also, like-minded cooperation to promote a common cause. You are not alone. The Bible makes it clear: God will never abandon nor forsake us. Even so, it is part of the human condition to feel alone and abandoned, from time to time. From the quotes below it becomes clear: God loves you, […]
Just for fun, and to show how easy it can be to animate a video, we used a free animation software with one of our new Pastor Fish tunes, to come up with the following offering in a few short minutes. We hope you’ll enjoy it. As we gather feedback from our CD, we’ll […]
Background Below is a forgiveness meditation. Forgiveness is critical to the spiritual life. In the Gospel of Matthew, right after teaching us how to pray, Jesus adds, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your […]
The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, promoting a positive sense of well-being and reducing stress. Relaxation Video – “Wave Rider” Text – Wave Rider Riding the waves of my breathing. Follow it in and back out again. Gently rising and falling. Rising and falling. Riding the waves of my breathing. With each […]
The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, promoting a positive sense of well-being and reducing stress. Audio 3 Breath Meditation – Spiritual 3 Breath Meditation – Secular 5 Breath Meditation – Spiritual 5 Breath Meditation – Secular Text – 3 breaths Welcome. Please join me for a short mindfulness meditation – we’ll start with 3 deep breaths. (1) Take […]
The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, enhancing your sense of connection and sacred belonging. Audio Text And now, please join me in a prayerful Hand in Hand meditation. Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, slowly, deeply and completely, relax. Let all tensions […]
The following guided visualization is meant to help enrich the spiritual life, providing a greater sense of balance, connectedness and well-being. Audio Text Welcome and please join me in a Tree of Life meditation. Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, relax. Let all tensions go. Remember a time you […]
The visualization below is meant to bring a sense of peace, comfort, and well-being. Audio Text And now, please join me for a prayerful meditation, In the Palm of God’s Hand. Take a deep breath, slowly, deeply and completely. Hold it briefly. And as you exhale, slowly, deeply and completely, relax. Let all tensions go. […]
Background Below is an introduction to prayerful meditation, a tool that many have found to enrich the spiritual life. Audio Text Here’s a little instruction on how to prepare for meditation. Because we are all different, there is no single, correct way to meditate that works perfectly for everyone. But there are guidelines that can help […]
Our WebGems selection for February is God and Dog. This video reminds us that, however much a dog loves its human, God’s love for us is even greater. A true gem of a video, and a joy to watch, it warms the heart on a chilly February day. Our thanks to Wendy Francisco, creator of God and Dog for […]
Cult (kŭlt) – Noun: A group misled from truth, often by a charismatic leader. Cults come in many shapes and sizes, and some of their tell-tale attributes may not be immediately apparent. They tend to be easy to enter and hard to leave, and use techniques such as mind control and friend bombing to persuade new people to […]
Major languages of the Philippines include: Tagalog, Ibanag, Ilocano, Itawes, as well as English. The following table includes a line-by-line prayer in these languages: Tagalog Ibanag of Isabella Ibanag of Tuguegarao Ilocano Itawes English Ama namin, sumasalangit Ka, Ama mi nga egga ta langi, Ama mi nga egga ta langi, Amami, nga […]
Audio Ibanag, or Ybanag, is a language spoken by half a million people, most of whom live in the Philippines. Two dialects, Isabella and Tuguegarao, are presented here, both read by Corrie De Boer: Videos Ibanag of Isabella Ibanag of Tuguegarao Text – Ibanag of Isabella Ama mi nga egga ta langi, marayaw paray i […]
Itawes is primarily spoken in the Philippines by the Itawit, or “people of across the river,” in an area that lies between the Chico and Matalog rivers. Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Itawes, as spoken by Corrie De Boer: Text Ama mi nga hinnian kan langit, Madayadayaw zinan ya Ngahan mu. […]
Temp·ta·tion /tem’tāshən/ – Noun: An urge to pull away from what is wise, right, and good. Temptation is seemingly everywhere. Even Jesus, after his baptism and before his public ministry, suffered temptation. His temptations, like our own, spanned three realms: comfort, status, and power. Each time, the devil used crafty language and planted seeds of doubt. Each time, Jesus responded […]
Wrath /raθ/ – Noun: extreme and vengeful anger. Wrath is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and traces its roots back to pride (wounded pride, or pride involved in taking vengeance). See also our other topical WebDefs, such as the comprehensive post on sin, as well as the other “deadly” sins, including pride, greed, envy, […]
The following video was created especially for us. Dancer Rena Jones-Guidry of the Providence Baptist Church provides an original interpretation of a song that speaks to the promise of a second chance: Find out more about Praise Dance, including how to choreograph the song “Resurrection” right here on our site. Filmed at Providence Baptist Church and […]
Ap·o·cry·phal /əˈpäkrəfəl/ – Adj: Of dubious authenticity or questionable authorship. Apocryphal texts are considered entirely outside the scope of the canon. That is, they are not accepted as a part of the divine scripture. These apocryphal writings should not be confused with deuterocanonical (secondary) writings, which are found in some versions of the Bible, or biblical Apocrypha, which in some […]
The following music video, Rough Justice, tackles violence, incarceration, and youth. There are so many ways to improve on today’s situation: investing in and nurturing America’s kids, intervention, diversion, and better access to mental health care for kids who do end up in prison. It’s rough justice… and we can do better! Lyrics REF) Rough justice, […]
The·ol·o·gy /θēˈäləjē/ – Noun: The study of the nature of God and religious belief. Religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed (e.g., Judeo-Christian theology). The•o•log•i•cal /θēəˈläjikəl/ – Adj: Of or relating to the study of theology. What are WebDefs? WebDefs – simple definitions of key terms relating to ministry and healing arts – are a regular feature […]
Unless otherwise noted, the King James Version is used when quoting the Bible throughout this website. People feel very strongly about their specific Bible version. We get that. But we use the KJV, for one simple reason: it’s the only version of the Bible that is free of copyright restrictions, allowing us to quote scripture freely. Perhaps […]
Generosity /dʒen·əˈrɑs·ət̬·i/ – Noun: A habit of giving what is needful for another’s well-being, without expectation of reciprocity. Generosity is a healthy habit that, when practiced regularly, brings greater joy, peace and wellness. Generosity isn’t the same as giving, which is why our definition is specific: whatever is needful. Sometimes, what is needful can be painful to give, such as when […]
Armor /ˈɑr·mər/ – Noun: Strong covering. From a biblical perspective, that which provides spiritual protection. In the difficult and embattled world, how can we protect ourselves? Is it even possible? According to the bible, we can… with spiritual armor. The armor has a quality of light, and every piece of spiritual armor provides a distinct sort of protection: truth – […]
Prayer /preər/– Noun: A state of being where the focus is on the connection with God. Prayer takes many forms, including conversation, contemplation, and action. Healing Prayer /hēliNG·preər/ – Noun: A solemn request to a transcendent Power for relief from some suffering or restoration of wellness. It involves a requestor, one whose behalf the request is made, One(s) being addressed, […]
Joy /dʒɔɪ/ –Noun: A deep feeling of exuberance. An inner attitude of rejoicing that is experienced more deeply than happiness and can abide even in the presence of difficult emotions or circumstances. Joy, or an inner attitude of rejoicing, is experienced more deeply than happiness. Unlike happiness, Joy is not an emotion tied to our current, personal state of […]
Parable /pær·ə·bəl/ – Noun: A relatable story that contains a deeper meaning. Jesus did much of his teaching using parables, explaining to his disciples that those who sought God would get the deeper meaning, while the truth would be hidden from unbelievers (Matthew 13:10-17). By stating that the truth is hidden more deeply, the Gospels […]
Sin /sɪn/– Verb: Moral failing, missing the mark, or falling short. Turning away from what is good and right in a way that distances us from the joyful experience of the presence of God. While some would define the noun, we chose to define the verb. We did this in order to highlight the volitional nature of sin: sin involves […]
Hope /hōp/ — Noun: A deep and abiding positive orientation; a firm and flexible trust, resting squarely on faith (the substance of things hoped for). The ability to hold on to hope – to have resiliency of hope in light of changing circumstance – is a mark of spiritual maturity and strength. For this reason, we say […]
Life /lɑɪf/ – Noun: Existence, being, animation, the ability to grow and change. Eternal life: a transcendent reality that can be experienced now has an indestructible nature stretching beyond death and the grave. Life’s Source: the breath of God. Select Bible Verses on Life In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway […]
Ko·sher /koʊ·ʃər/ – Adjective: Anything genuine, acceptable, and legitimate. The word originally meant food that conforms to kashrut (Jewish dietary law), first set out in the Torah, in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as in the Talmud. Jewish dietary law is about more than simply health and cleanliness. The practice of discernment, of […]
Re·pent /rɪˈpent/ — Verb: To sincerely turn back; to turn away from wrongdoing, and towards God. The call to repentance is found throughout the Bible. In this context, a sincere repentance is marked by a recognition that our self-centeredness is actually hurting not just others but ourselves as well. Sometimes, even when we have a sincere desire to […]
Faith /feɪθ/ — Noun: A deep and abiding knowing, even as the mind or senses may not fully comprehend. The trust and confidence that faith inspires can enable us to act with boldness and compassion. Faith quells fear, bringing serenity in its place. Faith knows deeply even as our mind does not quite understand. It holds fast to the promise […]
Chris·tian /krisCHən/ – Noun: One who self-identifies as a follower of Jesus Christ, specifically, and sees Jesus as more than just one of many ascendant masters or prophets whose teachings are of general positive value. Rather than merely appreciating Jesus, a Christian works to “enter a narrow gate” by turning from old ways (Matt 7:13-14) […]
Ad·ver·si·ty /ædˈvɜr·sɪ·t̬i/ — Noun: Event or situation experienced as difficult, unpleasant or fraught, such as sickness or loss. Adversity is a part of everyone’s life, because it is a part of the human condition. Even if we live in relative comfort, we all eventually grow old, and we all die. Although it is possible to bring some adverse experiences on ourselves […]
Dis·cern /dɪˈsɜrn/ — Verb: To perceive a critical difference; to distinguish. “The way is broad, and the gate is wide, that leads to destruction,” Jesus teaches. It takes discernment to stay on course and keep to the narrow path. Consider the experiences that come our way – whether they are interior thoughts or things that take place […]
Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Lithuanian as read by Karolina Gecaite. Lithuanian, one of only two living Baltic languages, is important as perhaps the most conservative (true to its roots) Indo-European language. The language is spoken in Lithuania as well as Belarus, Latvia, Poland, and the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia, and in emigrant […]
Objectives: During this exercise, you will gain the skill of analying sacred scripture – exegesis – using a Healer’s Path framework. ### About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University and Union University International to equip students with the tools they need when working to bring […]
Welcome to the cold and flu season. By all accounts, this one has teeth. Although the peak of the flu season has not yet arrived, there are so many cases of H1N1 flu that hospitals are straining to keep up, and some have resorted to overflow ‘flu tent’ structures to house these patients1. According to […]
Non·har·ming /nɒnˈhɑːmɪŋ/ – Adj: Quality of sensitivity to harm prevention; commitment to promoting wholeness and healing through word, thought, and deed. As used at NHM Ministrants, nonharming goes beyond not causing damage or inflicting injury. It is an active stance, describing those people and ministries who are especially sensitive to harm prevention, seeking instead to bring wholeness and healing. […]
Charity /ˈtʃær·ɪ·t̬i/ – Noun: The voluntary provision of help or relief. By charity, we often mean acting selflessly for the betterment of others. However, the word can also be used in to mean an institution or organization that exists to provide such help. It can also refer to an outlook, regarding the relationship between self and others. Moses Maimonedes, a Jewish […]
Mer·cy /mərsē/ – Noun: Kind, benevolent treatment, especially when it is within one’s power or rights to act harshly; forbearance. It is within each of our power to show mercy, daily, in our own circles of influence. When we show mercy towards others, we help heal a hurting world. In the Christian tradition, theologians have identified both spiritual […]
Our thanks to The Representation Project for permission to post this video, and to Upworthy for bringing it to our attention. Our WebGems selection for January, 2014 offers an insight that may be key to reducing violence in our society, pointing out how our culture teaches boys unhealthy habits. In Jesus’ radically loving, forgiving, nonviolent example, […]
Cha·nu·kah /ˈhɑː.nə.kə/ – Noun: A lesser Jewish holiday that begins on the 25th day of Kislev and runs for eight days. Also known as the Jewish festival of lights. Chanukah, or the festival of lights, celebrates a miraculous occurrence at the rededication of the temple in Israel. The second temple had been looted, and Judaism outlawed. An altar to Zeus was placed […]
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, – The Typhoon hit Iloilo Province, central Philippines, on November 8, 2013 – we offer up our prayers for the people of the Philippines. Below, The Lord’s Prayer in Tagalog. Ama Namin Ama namin, sumasalangit Ka, Sambahin ang ngalan Mo. Mapasaamin ang kaharian Mo. Sundin ang loob Mo dito sa lupa, […]
Here’s our Web Gem for the new month, GivePeaceaDance.org, the brainchild of two young men, one Jewish and one Muslim. They invite everyone to create and post a video answering “what would you do for peace?” with the hashtag #givepeaceadance. Our thanks to Margaret Swink, Director of Communications at Ploughshares, a foundation that “funds, organizes and innovates […]
Here’s a gem of a resource, http://notalllikethat.org, the new NALT Christians Project offering Christians the chance to share their perspectives on welcoming/affirming and the dignity of all people. They already have a good collection of real, folksy testimonies from everyday Christians who aren’t “all like that,” with more videos added regularly. As an example, here’s one compelling young […]
October fourth is the “Feast Day of St. Francis.” The spirit of St. Francis – Francesco di Pietro Bernardone – is paraphrased often in the bumper sticker “preach always, when necessary using words.” Recognized, during his lifetime, as a living legend and founder of an order, St. Francis was a radical religious pioneer in many […]
Text Tatăl nostru Care ești în ceruri,sfințească-se numele Tău, vie împărăția Ta, fie voia Ta, precum în cer așa și pe Pământ. Pâinea noastră cea de toate zilele, dă-ne-o nouă astăzi și ne iartă nouă greșalele noastre precum și noi iertăm greșiților noștri și nu ne duce pe noi în ispită ci ne izbăvește de […]
Deep stigma surrounds depression and other mental illnesses in many Asian American communities, which makes it harder for students to receive help if they become depressed or suicidal. But many mental health professionals are making strong efforts to address this stigma so that students can receive effective treatment. In a three-part series, Bay Area journalist […]
NHM Ministrants is proud of an ongoing partnership with The NALT Christians Project since 2013, when we were still known as The Center for Nonharming Ministries. NALT stands for “not all like that.” Our own NHM Ministrants effort arose from a protest and counter-protest over just the issues that the good people at NALT are trying to address, so the […]
Text Fader vår, Du som er i Himlene, helliget vorde Ditt Navn, komme Ditt Rike, skje Din vilje, som i Himmelen, så og på jorden. Gi oss i dag vårt dagelige brød, og forlat oss vår skyld, som vi og forlater våre skyldnere, og led oss ikke inn i fristelse, men frels oss fra den […]
This month’s WebGem video has over 200,000 views, in part as a result of being featured at Upworthy1 with the headline “MUST WATCH: This Guy Loves Jesus. And I Love This Guy.” It makes important points about where to focus, offering insight into the roots of fear and outrage: Our thanks to Rev. Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes, Chris Norman, and the Friendship-West Baptist […]
Remote, intercessory prayer – prayer that is an attempt to intercede with God on behalf of someone other than yourself – is like sending a “spiritual bouquet” brought on behalf of someone else for whom you care or have compassion. Anyone with a heart for intercessory prayer can stand before God with an open heart […]
With radioactive water leaking from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear station, a never-before-attempted $470+ million plan to build an underwater ice wall is underway. Successful intervention is critical; unless things change, plumes of radioactivity will likely reach US waters as early as 2014. Prayers for the people of Japan, the workers and scientists on this project, and our world’s oceans, are urgently needed. We originally posted this page when the […]
Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Punjabi as read by Zeeshan Zaved Video Text دعاۓ ربانی (پنجابی) اے ساڈے باپ تو جو آسمان تے ہیں تیرا ناں پاک منیا جاوے ۔ تیری بادشاھی آوے ۔ تیری مرضی جیہی آسمان اُتے پوُری ہوندی اے زمین تے وی ہووے۔ ساڈی رُوز دی روٹی اَج […]
Language and images matter, because what we feed ourselves through our media shapes our thinking and our society. The way marketers advertise to us also speaks volumes about who we are. So, what does it say about our society when a Texas business owner decides it’s a good idea to feature an image of a woman, bound […]
September of 2013 may or may not see a strike on Syria, but it certainly has seen the world’s populations cry out for peace in unprecedented numbers. Saturday, September 7th was an International Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Peace. On Monday, September 9th, the peace vigils continued throughout the United States, from coast to coast. The photograph below […]
Peace /piːs/ – Noun: Quiet goodness and tranquility; calm, harmonious balance, free from danger and from iniquity. Non·vi·o·lence / nänˈvīələns/ – Noun: The favoring of peaceful means of advancing one’s objectives. Peace·mak·er /pēsˌmākər/- Noun: A person who works towards reconciliation, restoration, and harmony. Sec·ur·i·ty /siˈkyo͝oritē/ – Noun: State of being free from danger. Sha·lom /Shäˈlōm/ שלומ – Noun: A […]
We are reposting this story – from earlier this year – in honor of the International Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace, and in the knowledge that peacemaking comes in many forms. #prayforpeace Have you ever witnessed peacemaking in action? It doesn’t have to rise to the level of a peace summit at Camp […]
~ THIS IS A TEXT-DETAIL SUBPAGE AND NOT MEANT AS A STANDALONE ~ * VISIT THE MAIN PAGE <HERE> * The Texts of Our Short MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Meditative Offerings all begin in the same fashion, with a few deep breaths: Welcome. Please join me for a short mindfulness meditation – we’ll start with five deep […]