Ash Wednesday and Lent

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 […]

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St. Francis – The Right Saint for Right Now (Sermon)

  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 […]

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Uniting and Healing the United States

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 […]

October 6, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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Just for Fun – Seasonal Colors

Here, we’ve found in the world around us, examples of the Pantone colors of the season. We’ve created a 4×6 image for you to download and enjoy. From the top: Riverside – a raptor; Airy Blue – San Francisco’s skyline; Sharkskin – one of the two lions (named Patience & Fortitude) guarding the NY Public Library; […]

September 5, 2016 in Pop Culture by

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Sermon Subject: Food Waste Weekend Sep 23-25

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…

September 3, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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WebGem: Impossible Driving Test

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 […]

July 28, 2016 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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WebGem: Down to the River

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 […]

June 20, 2016 in WebGems by

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Emoji Bible

This just in: A Bible in emoji… we can’t wait to see what they’ve dreamed up for it and we hear it will soon be available on iTunes for download.  😇  The website, bibleemoji.com, includes a fun translator.  👼  If you enter The Lord’s Prayer you get: Our father who art in ✨✨✨ hallowed b thy […]

May 27, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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Survey for Minister Use

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 […]

May 26, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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PastorFish Survey

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 […]

May 26, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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Webdef: Post Traumatic Growth

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 […]

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Seas the Day – June 9th

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/action/

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Webdef: takotsubo

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 […]

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Top Ten Scary Creation-Care Films

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 […]

April 30, 2016 in Top Ten by

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The Church Down the Road

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. […]

April 17, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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Blessings On Followers’ Day, April 17th

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 […]

April 17, 2016 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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WebDef: Causistry

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 […]

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Lord’s Prayer Podcast

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 […]

April 7, 2016 in Lord's Prayer by

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Webdef: Podfade

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 […]

April 6, 2016 in WebDefs by

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Webdef – Yarnbombing

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 […]

March 30, 2016 in Featured Articles by

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A Lenten Journey

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 […]

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Sermon “War & Peace, Love & Hate”

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 […]

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WebGem: River of Your Grace

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 […]

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Mariner’s Sunday

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 […]

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Happy St. Valentine’s Day

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 […]

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Webdef: Labyrinth

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. The pilgrim walking the labyrinth often removes shoes and is invited to leave worldly thoughts […]

February 3, 2016 in WebDefs by

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Happy Baptism Renewal Day

“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 […]

January 10, 2016 in Edify by

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WebGem: Mary Did You Know?

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 […]

December 29, 2015 in WebGems by

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Ringing In 2016

Here, an “auld favorite” – arranged by and featuring our very own Josh Workman on guitar. Enjoy ! Happy New Year. We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet, as we raise our glass in a toast to all of you everywhere who are working in big and small ways towards a better tomorrow. Here’s to […]

December 23, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Bay Area Spectacle: Bethlehem AD

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 […]

December 22, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Warm Hearts

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 […]

December 14, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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How Halloween Fits In

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.

November 1, 2015 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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WebGem: This Day in History” Sites

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.  […]

October 24, 2015 in WebGems by

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In Memoriam Today

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. […]

October 23, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Top Ten Tips: Household Water Conservation

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 […]

September 24, 2015 in Top Ten by

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WebGem: Love Yourself

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 […]

September 17, 2015 in WebGems by

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How2: Spiritual Assessment in 3 Easy Steps. With Video!

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 […]

August 15, 2015 in How2 by

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How2: Prepare Vocally. 3 Videos from a Coach!

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 […]

August 15, 2015 in How2 by

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WebDef: Theodicy

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 […]

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How2: Creating a Wall Montage. 5 Steps with Pictures!

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 […]

August 14, 2015 in How2 by

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Big News – Announcing NHM Ministrants

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!

August 6, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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WebDef: Dedication

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 […]

July 19, 2015 in WebDefs by

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Three… Why Not?

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 […]

July 19, 2015 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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WebDef: Martial Art

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 […]

July 11, 2015 in WebDefs by

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A Physical Therapy Solution to the USA’s Woes

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 […]

July 7, 2015 in Justice Work by

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Lord’s Prayer in Hungarian (Text Only)

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 […]

June 29, 2015 in Lord's Prayer by

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WebDef: CINO

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 […]

June 19, 2015 in WebDefs by

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Top Ten All-Time Best Nun/Priest Flicks

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, […]

June 11, 2015 in Pop Culture, Top Ten by

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Top Ten Animations

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 […]

June 1, 2015 in Pop Culture, Top Ten by

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Webdef: Posidemic

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 […]

May 18, 2015 in WebDefs by

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A Challenge from Loc Nguyen of BUMC

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 […]

May 17, 2015 in Stewardship by

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TBC – What it Is!

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 […]

May 17, 2015 in Edify by

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Webdef: Umuganda

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 […]

May 11, 2015 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Word Cloud

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 […]

May 10, 2015 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Acceptance

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 […]

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Top Ten Ways to Help Syrian Refugees

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 […]

May 1, 2015 in Top Ten by

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Top Ten “Ponderables” on Gay Marriage

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 […]

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WebGem: Quake Tips

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 […]

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Nepal: Top Ten Effectiveness Tips

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 […]

April 30, 2015 in Top Ten by

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WebGem: Participants with God

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 […]

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Top Ten Flicks – Poverty

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 […]

April 28, 2015 in Pop Culture, Top Ten by

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WebDef: Public Trust Doctrine

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 […]

April 22, 2015 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Revenge Porn

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 […]

April 17, 2015 in WebDefs by

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Webdef: Pride

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. […]

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Sites of Significance to Christians in Jordan

A traditional site of Jesus’ baptism, Mt. Nebo, and mosaics in an ancient church in Madaba…

April 15, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Top Ten Flicks – Sci-Fi

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 […]

April 14, 2015 in Pop Culture, Top Ten by

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Top-Ten Flicks – Our “Forever” Top Picks

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, […]

April 7, 2015 in Pop Culture by

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Top Ten Flicks – Comedy

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 […]

March 31, 2015 in Pop Culture by

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The Poor Get Prison

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 […]

March 20, 2015 in Justice Work by

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Our Two Cents Unbidden

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 […]

March 17, 2015 in Justice Work by

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The Lorica Prayer

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 […]

March 16, 2015 in Prayer by

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In Memoriam Today

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 […]

January 26, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Fr. John Dear Visits Bay Area – February 25, 2015

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 […]

January 15, 2015 in Peacemaking by

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A Squirrel Tale

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!

January 12, 2015 in Featured Articles by

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Silent Night – The Unsung Verse (Sermon)

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 […]

January 10, 2015 in Edify by

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Protected: New Year’s Reboot

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January 3, 2015 in sermons by

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WebGem: This Present Moment, This New Year!

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 […]

January 1, 2015 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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Remembering Father Bill – Unforgettable Priest

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, […]

December 31, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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WebGem: Disagreeing with Martin Luther

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 […]

December 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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Happy Children’s Day

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.

November 14, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Webdef: Mastery Glimpse

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 […]

November 7, 2014 in WebDefs by

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Top Ten Fears – And Killing them Dead in 3 Easy Steps

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 […]

November 1, 2014 in Health and Healing, Top Ten, WebDefs by

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WebGem: Suffering as Poetry?!?

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. […]

November 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebGems by

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Such a Crime, the Church & State Question

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?

November 1, 2014 in Music, Stormy Issues by

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WebGem: Empowerment in Detroit

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 […]

October 22, 2014 in WebGems by

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The Healer’s Path Class – Welcome Page

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 […]

October 11, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 8 – Creation Care

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 7 – Beyond Tolerance

  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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 10 – Communication

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. […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 6 – Beginner’s Mind

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 5 – Start Within Assessment Section (Self Discovery Through Feedback)

  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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class 4 – Start Within I: Interior Landscape)

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 3 – Models

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 2 – Methodology

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 1 – Foundations!

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 […]

October 10, 2014 in Edify by

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The Healer’s Path Class: 9 – Minister as Healer

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 […]

October 8, 2014 in Edify by

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Healer’s Path – Assignments Overview, Readings & Media

    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 […]

September 25, 2014 in Edify by

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September, 2014 Makes Climate Action History

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 […]

September 21, 2014 in Featured Articles, Stewardship by

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Beautiful New Resource – Sefaria

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 11, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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Happy Net Neutrality Day

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.

September 10, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays by

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Thriving Where Planted

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 […]

July 6, 2014 in Featured Articles, Health and Healing by

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WebGem: Act F.A.S.T.

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 […]

July 4, 2014 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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WebDef: Pentecost

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 […]

June 8, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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WebGem: Happiness Rap

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, […]

June 1, 2014 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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Why Meditate?

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 […]

May 26, 2014 in Health and Healing by

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WebDef: Exegesis, Eisegesis, Hermeneutic

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 […]

May 10, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Our Back Story

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 […]

May 8, 2014 in Featured Articles, Justice Work by

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WebDef: Grief

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 […]

May 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Admonish

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 […]

May 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Top Ten Bible Quotes on… Death!

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 […]

May 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Top Ten by

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WebGem: Professor Proponderus

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 […]

May 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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Celebrate Earth Day!

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 […]

April 22, 2014 in Stewardship by

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Audio Corner: Designing Spaces for Sound

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 […]

April 22, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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WebDef: Light

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 […]

April 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Audio Corner: Music Direction Tips

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 […]

April 21, 2014 in Featured Articles, Music by

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Happy Easter Season

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. […]

April 21, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, Featured Articles by

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Webdef: Friend

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 […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Thoughts, Thunks

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 […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Gluttony

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, […]

April 20, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Traffic

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 […]

April 19, 2014 in WebDefs by

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Video Calls for Curing Violence

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 […]

April 18, 2014 in Peacemaking, Stormy Issues by

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Web Finds for Mother’s Day May 12

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 […]

April 17, 2014 in Social Entrepreneurship by

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WebDef: Isolation

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 […]

April 14, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Education

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 […]

April 13, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Smoking Machine

April 11, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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Thoughts on the Hornet’s Nest

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 […]

April 11, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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WebGem: Firefighter Flashdance CPR

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, […]

April 11, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebDef – Nosegay

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 […]

April 11, 2014 in WebDefs by

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Quick Tips for Recording Excellent Web Audio

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 […]

April 10, 2014 in Music by

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Door Sized Garden 101

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 […]

April 8, 2014 in Featured Articles, Stewardship by

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WebDef: Hunger

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 […]

April 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Homelessness

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 […]

April 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sensitivity

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 […]

April 6, 2014 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sustainable

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 […]

April 6, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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eMinistry in Action: RevUP Radio

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 […]

April 1, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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WebGem: Remind Me Who I Am

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 […]

April 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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It’s Cherry Blossom Time

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 […]

March 31, 2014 in Featured Articles by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Ilocano

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 […]

March 30, 2014 in Lord's Prayer by

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Webdef: Wisdom

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. […]

March 29, 2014 in WebDefs by

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Green Leadership in Arizona

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 […]

March 13, 2014 in Stewardship by

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eMinistry – You Get What You Pay For

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 […]

March 12, 2014 in Featured Articles, Workweek by

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WebGem (eMinistry): Encouragement

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: […]

March 9, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem (eMinistry): Gospel of Luke

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 […]

March 7, 2014 in WebGems by

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Webdef: Haiku

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 […]

March 5, 2014 in WebDefs by

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WebDef: Religion

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 […]

March 3, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebGem: Count it Victory

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.

March 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebDef: City

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 […]

February 23, 2014 in Justice Work, Social Entrepreneurship, Spiritual Assessment, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Justice

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” […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Grace

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 […]

February 21, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: ichariba chode

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 […]

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WebDef: Karoshi

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 […]

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Insight from Biblical Languages

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 […]

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Top Ten Books for the Christian Bookshelf

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 […]

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WebDef: Scripture

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 – […]

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WebDef: Canonical

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, […]

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WebDef: Omnipresence

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 […]

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WebDef: Miracle

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 […]

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WebDef: Strife

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 […]

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WebDef: Discord

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 […]

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WebDef: Abuse

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 […]

February 17, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Suffering

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 […]

February 16, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Solidarity

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, […]

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It’s Okay to Feel Sad – For Kids

  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 […]

February 9, 2014 in Music by

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Forgiveness Meditation

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 […]

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Wave Rider

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 […]

February 8, 2014 in Prayer by

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MBSR Meditations

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 […]

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Hand in Hand Visualization

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 […]

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Tree of Life Guided Visualization

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 […]

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Palm of God’s Hand Visualization

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. […]

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Introduction to Prayerful Meditation

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 […]

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WebGem: God and Dog

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 […]

February 4, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebDef: Cult

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 […]

February 3, 2014 in Spiritual Assessment, WebDefs by

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Lord’s Prayers of the Philippines

  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 […]

February 2, 2014 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Ibanag

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 […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Itawes

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. […]

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WebDef: Temptation

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 […]

February 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Wrath

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, […]

February 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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Praise Dance

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 […]

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WebDef: Apocryphal

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 […]

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Rough Justice – Another Compassion Song

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, […]

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WebDef: Theology

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 […]

January 24, 2014 in WebDefs by

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Why We Use KJV (King James Version)

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 […]

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WebDef: Generosity

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 […]

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WebDef: Armor

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 – […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Prayer

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, […]

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WebDef: Joy

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 […]

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WebDef: Parables

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 […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Sin

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 […]

January 23, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Hope

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 […]

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WebDef: Life

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 […]

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WebDef: Kosher

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 […]

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WebDef: Repent

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 […]

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WebDef: Faith

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 […]

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WebDef: Christian

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) […]

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WebDef: Adversity

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 […]

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WebDef: Discern

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 […]

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Lord’s Prayer in Lithuanian

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 […]

January 20, 2014 in Lord's Prayer by

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Healer’s Path Class – Exegetical Exercise

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 […]

January 14, 2014 in Edify by

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The Cold & Flu Season – Creative Greetings & Other Tips

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 […]

January 10, 2014 in Health and Healing by

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WebDef: Nonharming

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. […]

January 8, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Charity

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 […]

January 7, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Mercy

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 […]

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WebGem: The Mask

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, […]

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WebDef: Chanukah

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 […]

December 1, 2013 in Celebrations and Holidays, WebDefs by

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Prayers for the Philippines

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, […]

November 12, 2013 in Prayer by

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WebGem: Give Peace a Dance

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 […]

November 1, 2013 in Peacemaking, WebGems by

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WebGems: NALT Christians Project

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 1, 2013 in WebGems by

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Remembering St. Francis

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 […]

October 1, 2013 in Featured Articles by

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Lord’s Prayer in Romanian

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 […]

October 1, 2013 in Lord's Prayer, Prayer by

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Asian Teens at Greater Risk for Suicide

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 […]

September 30, 2013 in Health and Healing by

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Now in Partnership with NALT

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 […]

September 27, 2013 in Featured Articles by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Danish

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 […]

September 21, 2013 in Lord's Prayer, Prayer by

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WebGem: Majoring in What Jesus Minored In

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 […]

September 18, 2013 in WebGems by

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Spiritual Bouquets – A Beautiful Tradition

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 […]

September 12, 2013 in Prayer by

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Prayers for Japan

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 […]

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Lord’s Prayer in Punjabi

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 […]

September 11, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Finding Roots of Peace in a Violent Society

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 9, 2013 in Peacemaking, Stormy Issues by

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September 2013 Marked by Peacemaking Efforts

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 […]

September 8, 2013 in Peacemaking by

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WebDef: Peace, Shalom, & Nonviolence

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 […]

September 8, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Peacemaking, WebDefs by

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Peacemaker in the Neighborhood

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 […]

September 7, 2013 in Featured Articles, Peacemaking by

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Text from Meditations

~ 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 […]

September 5, 2013 in Health and Healing, Prayer by

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How to Meditate: Mindfulness in a Nutshell

Note: we also offer text versions of mindfulness meditations, and are developing audio tracks for both the instruction and the meditations.  For downloadable, listen-along MP3s, we suggest you visit www.brothercamillus.com. How to Meditate: Here’s a little instruction on how to meditate. Because we are all different, there is no single, correct way to meditate that works perfectly for everyone, but […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Bengali (text only)

হে আমাদের স্বর্গস্থ পিতা, তোমার নাম পূজিত হউক…

August 31, 2013 in Lord's Prayer, Prayer by

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Jesus, Buddha & the Cessation of Suffering

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Both Jesus and The Buddha taught about the suffering we may experience in life, and the path out of that suffering.  The Noble Eightfold Path (right view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration) is the way to liberation from suffering outlined by […]

August 26, 2013 in Edify by

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Jesus on Nonviolence

This post is not meant as a standalone, but as part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Jesus was filled with wisdom on how to walk this earth without doing harm. He lived and taught creative nonviolence and nonjudging. His message was not simply to love our friends, but our enemies. We are to love […]

August 26, 2013 in Edify, Peacemaking by

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Jesus, Buddha and Right Speech

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Both Jesus and the Buddha taught Mindful Speech, also known as right speech.  In a nutshell, the dharma of right speech is about refraining from speech that will do harm, and speaking with loving kindness. Here’s what Jesus said, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: […]

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WebDef: Beatitudes – Jesus’ Eight Happinesses

Beatitude /bēˈati’to͞od/- Noun: State of supreme happiness or blessedness. In addition to teaching through is own example of loving, nonviolent service, Jesus’ main teaching came in the form of questions, parables and a few large public sermons.  The Gospel of Matthew sums up Jesus’ official teaching in The Sermon on the Mount. Inside this sermon are the […]

August 26, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebDefs by

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Jesus and the Dharma of Metta

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Practicing love even to those who hate you and would wish you harm… that’s what the Buddhists call Metta, or loving-kindness! Typical Buddhist Metta practice allows us to wish ourselves well as we wish others well: may I / you / friends / enemies […]

August 25, 2013 in Edify by

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Lord’s Prayer in Zeme

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in the Zeme,  as read by Icetcibe N.Hau.  Zeme is spoken in Manipur (Northeast India). Video Text Tinggem kebam anui Pie, nzi di kelube teilu lo; n hegwang tiegwang kelube teilu lo; tinggem ga nsui cang kela nzwa eh kideu aipaudeu dele pwane de nsuibe teilu lo. […]

August 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Jesus in Buddhist Language

This post includes links to others in a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Until I am enlightened, I go for refuge to Jesus, Dharma and Sangha. With God’s grace and through the virtue I create by practicing giving and the other perfections, may I become a beacon of light to benefit all sentient beings. Jesus […]

August 23, 2013 in Edify by

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WebDef: Iconography

I·con·o·gra·phy /īkəˈnägrəfē/ – Noun: Visual imagery used to convey meaning beyond the surface level. Also, the identification, description, and classification of signs and symbols.  >>more  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is the basis of the art of iconography, the conveying of meaning through symbolic means, beyond or without the aid […]

August 23, 2013 in WebDefs by

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The Hail Mary

The Hail Mary is a prayer requesting the intercession of the Virgin Mary. The prayer begins with the salutation that Mary received from the angel Gabriel, at the annunciation [Luke 1:28]. The success of our Voices Home Multilingual Lord’s Prayer project has given rise to a number of inquiries regarding the Hail Mary, so we are gathering simple translations and offering them here.  Our […]

August 22, 2013 in Prayer by

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Prayer Support: Prayer Beads and Rosaries

Prayer beads, often associated with Catholic, Orthodox and Buddhist practice, are very useful; they help support prayerful practice in four ways. First, they are a physical reminder, prompting us to pray. Second, they are a counting tool.  Third, like chanting, their repetitive nature can promote a meditative state. Using prayer beads is one way to […]

August 22, 2013 in Prayer by

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The JesusSangha

This post is part of a series on Jesus’ Teaching in Buddhist Terminology. Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a group or association  with a common purpose for gathering. That’s it. In the past, this Sanskrit  word has been used more commonly in Buddhist circles. It connotes a supportive gathering of a group on a spiritual path together. […]

August 22, 2013 in Edify by

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Quotes from Offbeat Gospels

NHM Ministrants has embarked on a project to offer a set of Bible quotes and discussions for various key topics. And, on this page, you will find quotes from international Bibles and non-canonical writings. Quotes from International Bibles Because our Bible arrives to us in translation (it was not originally in English) it can sometimes be enlightening, or […]

August 22, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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How2: Learn Morse Code. With PDFs

Morse Code is a system of dots and dashes that uses very little power to carry your message great distances.  It doesn’t rely on the internet. It takes very little bandwidth, so many users can share the space. When you need a reliable way of communicating across the world, Morse Code is a great choice.  That’s why mariners have relied on […]

August 18, 2013 in How2 by

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Spiritual-Holistic Inquiry Process Examples

This Page Not Intended to Stand Alone – See Main S.H.I.P. Page For Overview  About the Methodology: This process is offered in the conviction that a holistic approach – one that considers the whole person and life setting – will capture important clues to wellness and wholeness that are helpful to the healing professional.  The S.H.I.P. areas of […]

August 8, 2013 in Spiritual Assessment by

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What Not to Say to the Suffering

Chaplains, ministers, and other healing professionals work so hard to uplift – body, mind, spirit.  With often deep and sincere motivation, we want to help people through their suffering. Sometimes, though, the wrong word can make things worse. Why is there Suffering? What were the first questions you asked, during religious studies?  We bet “why is there […]

July 31, 2013 in Health and Healing by

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WebDef: Death

Death /deθ/ – Noun: A 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. Death is the separation of the soul from the body, accompanied with the permanent cessation of  that body’s life-giving (vital) functions. […]

July 29, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Morse Code

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in the Morse Code. Text Lord’s Prayer in Morse Code — ..- .-. / ..-. .- – …. . .-. / .– …. — / .- .-. – / .. -. / …. . .- …- . -. –..– / …. .- .-.. .-.. — .– […]

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Lord’s Prayer in Telugu

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in the Telugu, as read by R. Aruna Kumari. Telugu is spoken in Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar Islands Video Text 9   పర లోకమందున్న మా తండ్రీ, నీ నామము పరిశుద్ధపరచబడు గాక, 10  నీ రాజ్యము వచ్చుగాక, నీ చిత్తము పరలోకమందు నెరవేరుచున్నట్లు భూమియందును నెరవేరును గాక. 11  మా అనుదినాహారము నేడు […]

July 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Lord’s Prayer in Tamil

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Tamil, as read by Simeon Sigamani. Tamil is spoken in Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry (India). Here is a slower version for reference: Video   Text பரமண்டலங்களிலிருக்கிற எங்கள் பிதாவே, உம்முடைய நாமம் பரிசுத்தப்படுவதாக; உம்முடைய ராஜ்யம் வருவதாக; உம்முடைய சித்தம் பரமண்டலத்திலே செய்யப்படுகிறதுபோல பூமியிலேயும் செய்யப்படுவதாக. எங்களுக்கு வேண்டிய […]

July 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Lord’s Prayer in Jaymay

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in the Jaymay dialect, as read by D. Ibaju Zeme (recorded in India). Video Text Anui peu tinggim ge bampeu Ning ji peize ‘nchi bam lau; ning gu heguangram peize wnagkeu lau; Ning sui ne tinggim ge tew gum ze, Kedei ge du peize tew lau. Nemai […]

July 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Lord’s Prayer in Malayalam

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Malayalam, as read by Alice Philip. Malayalam is spoken in Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry (India). Video Text സ്വർഗ്ഗസ്ഥനായ ഞങ്ങളുടെ പിതാവേ, നിന്റെ നാമം വിശുദ്ധീകരിക്കപ്പെടേണമേ; നിന്റെ രാജ്യം വരേണമേ; നിന്റെ ഇഷ്ടം സ്വർഗ്ഗത്തിലെപ്പോലെ ഭൂമിയിലും ആകേണമേ; ഞങ്ങൾക്കു ആവശ്യമുള്ള ആഹാരം ഇന്നു തരേണമേ ഞങ്ങളുടെ കടക്കാരോടു ഞങ്ങൾ ക്ഷിമിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നതുപോലെ ഞങ്ങളുടെ കടങ്ങളെ ഞങ്ങളോടും ക്ഷമിക്കേണമേ; ഞങ്ങളെ പരീക്ഷയിൽ കടത്താതെ ദുഷ്ടങ്കൽനിന്നു […]

July 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Lord’s Prayer in Kannada

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in the Kannada (Language of Karnataka), as read by  Pastor Rajesh. M. Video **note: speaker uses a slightly different edition from our printed text. If you can offer some guidance, we would welcome your assistance. We cannot create a video until the text and speaker match entirely […]

July 25, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Bible Quotes & Stories – Non-Judging

Following is a discussion on biblical references to Non-Judging. Unless otherwise noted, the King James Version is used when quoting the Bible. Jesus was very clear: don’t judge others. This was so important to Jesus that he included it in The Lord’s Prayer: “…forgive us… as we forgive…”  The apostles all echo Jesus’ admonition. And the […]

July 1, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary by

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A Methodology for Compassionate Work

All of us want to be effective, when working on important projects we care about.  After all, real change can be hard.  Our Center Director was blessed with some great advice from former president – and master social entrepreneur – James Earl “Jimmy” Carter. Her book, entitled Intelligence & Compassion in Action; The Seven Pillars […]

June 28, 2013 in Social Entrepreneurship by

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WebDef: Perseverance

Per·se·ver·ance /pər-sə-ˈvir-əns/– Noun: Steadfastness of purpose despite obstacles, delays, setbacks or discouragement.   Perseverence, or staying power, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. Sometimes, our vision takes time to come to fruition. And when it does, it’s easy to grow disheartened. This is nothing new; it’s part of the human condition. The […]

June 28, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Social Entrepreneurship, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Feedback

Feed·back /fēdˈbak/ – Noun: Information gathered to assess efforts as to whether they are producing a desired effect. Feedback is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work.  Imagine you are on a ship in the middle of a cold and stormy sea, trying to head for land. It’s cold, and overcast, […]

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WebDef: Partnership

Part·ner·ship  /pärtnər’SHip/ – Noun:  Collaboration with others towards a common purpose or outcome. Partnership s a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The following scriptural references focus on maintaining a partnership with God first, and being a good partner with others, also. PARTNERING WITH GOD Does it go without saying that we are […]

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WebDef: Credit-Sharing

Cre·dit-Shar·ing  / kredit-sheər’ing /– Gerund: The act of generously praising partner efforts, or raising awareness regarding favorable project outcomes.    Credit Sharing is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship. Credit Sharing is an act of graciously giving recognition, rather than withholding it for oneself, and it makes good common sense. Employees, partners, and congregations appreciate being noticed and given […]

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WebDef: Non-duplication

Non-du·pli·ca·tion  /nänˈdo͞opləˈkāshən/ – Noun: Intentionally avoiding redundant effort.  Non-duplication is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.  The focus is on not adding redundant effort, but rather addressing a chasm where you are truly needed. However, non-duplication doesn’t mean you have to reinvent the wheel. If there is no minister in a particular prison, then going […]

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WebDef: Expertise

Ex·per·tise /ekspərˈtēs/ – Noun: Proficiency, skill, ability, or knowledge in a particular area. Competence or proficiency in a field of operation. Your expertise, skills, giftedness and proficiencies add up to Special Skills, a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for social entrepreneurship.   Below are scriptural references relating to this pillar. They illustrate the importance of using what we have […]

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WebDef: Vision

Vi·sionˈ/viZHən/ – Noun: Faculty of perception; forming a picture in the mind about the past or potential nature of things. Vision,  the ability to see something clearly, is one of seven key pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. It can refer to a deep understanding of the flaws of a current situation, a recognition of a […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew, as read by Lauren Speeth. Video Text אָבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָׁמַיִם יִתְקַדֵשׁ שִׁמךָ: תָּבא מַלְכוּתֶךָ יֵעָשֶׂה רְצוֹנְךָ בָּאָרֶץ כַּאֲשֶר נַעֲשָׂה בַשָמַיִם: תֶן לָנוּ הַיּוֹם לֶחֶם חֻקֵּנוּ: וּסְלַח לָנוּ אֶת אַשְׁמָתֵנוּ כַּאֲשֶׁר סלְחִים אַנַחְנוּ לַאֲשֶׁר אָשְׁמוּ לָנוּ: וְאַל-תְּבִיאֵנוּ לִידֵי מַסָּה כִי אִם-הַצִילֵנוּ מִן-הָרָע: כִּי לְךָ הַמַּמְלָכָה וְהַגְּבוּרָה וְהַתִפְאֶרֶת […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Greek (Classical & Modern Versions)

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Classical Greek, as read by Father David Gill, SJ. Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Modern Greek audio, as read by Eleni Xereas. Video The Lord’s Prayer in Greek (classical) – as read by Father David Gill, SJ. The Lord’s Prayer in Greek (modern) […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Hindi

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Hindi, as read by Surabhi Agrawal. Video Text (Image) Text – Some Browsers May Have Difficulty हे हमारे स्वर्गबासी पिता, तेरा नाम पवित्र माना जाए, तेरा राज्य आए, तेरी इच्छा जैसे स्वर्ग मे पूरी होती है, वैसे ही पृथ्वी पर पूरी हो, हमारे रोज़ की रोटी […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Italian

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Italian, as read by Marianna Cascio. Video Text   Padre Nostro, che sei nei cieli, Sia santificato il tuo nome. Venga il tuo regno, Sia fatta la tua volontá, Come in cielo, così in terra. Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano, E rimetti a noi i […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Kikongo

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Kikongo, as read by Romain Konde. Video Text Tata beto yikele na zulu Dizina ya nge ya sakumuka Kipfumu ya nge ya kuiza Luzolo ya nge ya vangama Na ntoto mutindu yake vangama na zulu Pesa beto bubu madia ya beto ya kilumbu yayi Lembolo […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Hawaiian

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Hawaiian, as read by Roy Akau. Video Text   E ko mākou Makua i loko o ka lani, E ho’āno ‘ia Kou inoa, E hiki mai Kou aupuni, E mālama ‘ia Kou makemake ma ka honua nei. E like me ‘ia i mālama’ia ma ka lani […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish (Latin American)

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish, with doxology, as read by Ana Serrano. Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Spanish, as read by Ana Serrano. Video Version 1 – Spanish (Latin American) with Doxology Version 1 – Spanish (Latin American) without Doxology Text Padre nuestro que estás […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Portuguese

Audio Press play button [above] to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Portuguese, as read by Marcelo Silveira.    **NEW** Press play button [below] to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Portuguese, in song. An original song, generously provided to us by Dr. Raphael Tito Balbino.   Videos The Lord’s Prayer in Brazilian Portuguese (ofensas/dox) The Lord’s Prayer in Brazilian […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Latin

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Latin, as read by Father David Gill, SJ. Video Text Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur Nomen Tuum; Adveniat Regnum Tuum; Fiat voluntas Tua, Sicut in caelo, et in terra. Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie; Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, Sicut et nos dimittimus […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Vietnamese

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Spoken Vietnamese as read by Tam Tran. Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer Chanted Vietnamese as read by  Angelina Motecito. Videos Spoken Chant Text   A Little Feedback from Listeners That….was….CRAZY AWESOME!! God bless you all so much, from York, Pennsylvania, United States –  Visitor feedback […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Lingala

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Lingala, as read by Romain Konde. Video Text Tatá na bísó, ya Likoló, Nkómbó ya Yɔ́ ezala na lokumo, Bokonzi na Yɔ́ eya, Nioso Yɔ́ olingi esalama awa na nsé Ndenge esalamaka na likoló Pésa bísó lɛlɔ́ biléi oyo ekoki límbisa bísó mabé tosali yo, lokóla […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Mandarin

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Mandarin, as read by Annie Li. Mandarin encompasses varieties of Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China, and boasts nearly one billion native speakers.     Video Text 我們在天上的父, 願人都尊祢的名為聖, 願祢的國降臨, 願祢的旨意行在地上, 如同行在天上。 我們日用的飲食, 今日賜給我們, 免我們的債, 如同我們免了人的債, 不叫我們遇見試探, 救我們脫離兇惡, [因為國度、權柄、榮耀,全是祢的,     直到永遠。] […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Serbian

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Serbian, as read by Larry Vuckovich Video Text Oče naš, koji si na nebesima, da se sveti ime tvoje. Da dođe carstvo tvoje. Da bude volja tvoja i na zemlji kao na nebu. Hjeb naš potrebni daj nam danas. I oprosti nam dugove naše kao […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Russian

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Russian, as read by Rev. Alex Valuiski (hails from St. Petersburg, Russia). Press play to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Russian, as read by Michael Radovolsky (hails from Odessa, Ukraine). Video Text Отче наш, сущий на небесах. Да святится имя Твое; да приидет Царствие Твое; да […]

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The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, as read by Carissa Western. Video Text Baba Yetu uliye mbinguni, Jina lako litukuzwe; Ufalme wako ufike, Utakalo lifanyike Duniani kama mbinguni. Utupe leo mkate wetu wa kila siku, Utusamehe makosa yetu, Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe waliotukosea. Usitutie katika kishawishi, Lakini utuopoe maovuni. Amina. Line-By-Line Translation […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Samoan, as read by Tapuai Louis Vaili. Video Text Lo matou Tamä e, oi le lagi, ia paia lou suafa. Ia o’o mai lou malo. Ia faia lou finagalo, i le lalolagi e pei ona faia i le lagi. Ia e foa’i mai ia te’i […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Tagalog

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Tagalog, as read by Fe Gonzales. Video Text Ama namin, sumasalangit Ka Sambahin ang ngalan Mo Mapasaamin ang kaharian Mo Sundin ang loob Mo Dito sa lupa, para nang sa langit. Bigyan Mo kami ngayon ng aming kakanin sa araw araw. At patawarin Mo kami […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Kiyombe

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Kiyombe as read by Romain Konde. Video Text Tat’etu widi mu diyilu Dizina diaku di sakumuka Kipfumu kiaku kiza Luzolo luaku luvangu va tsi dede mu diyilu Utuvana bubu bidia bieto bi lumbu ka lumbu Utulembolo zi pfuka Dede bo ntumlembolo badieto boso tubaka zi […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Afrikaans

Audio Press play for the Lord’s Prayer in Afrikaans, spoken by Jaques Nokka Kruger. Video Coming soon. Text Onse Vader wat in die hemele is, laat u Naam geheilig word. Laat u koninkryk kom. Laat u wil geskied, Soos in die hemel net so ook op die aarde. Gee ons vandag ons daaglikse brood, En […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Klingon

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Klingon as read by Michael Roney, Jr. (naHQun) Video – PIqaD with Pronunciation Phonetic Klingon / English Text – Klingon click for PDF Suto’vo’qorDaq Dabbogh vavma’; ponglIj quvmoHlu’jaj wo’lIj cherlu’jaj Suto’vo’qor rurchoHjaj tera’, chutlIj loblu’mo’. DaHjaj tIr ngoghmaj ghonobneS. ‘ej yemmeymajmo’ ghobIjneSQo’; maHvaD yembogh nuvpu’ DIbIjbe’mo’. […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Korean

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Korean,as read by Gloria Lee. Video Text Transliteration (Pronunciation) and Translation Ha nuel eh geh shin oo ree ah buh jee, Our Father who art in heaven, Ee rum ul kuh ruk ha geh ha op see myu, Nah rah ee im ha op see […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Thai

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Thai, as read by Melina Copass. Video Text Pronouncing the Thai Ka tae prabida kong kappachao tang lai; Praong satid eu nai sawan; Pranam kong praong jong pen ti Sakkara; Pra-anajak knog praong ja ma tueng; Ko hai tuk sing pen pai tam nampratai; Nai […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Irish (Gaelic)

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in Irish (some people know it as Irish Gaelic), as read by Noreen McCullaugh And now, another version, generously given us by Dublin resident Tracy Gilbert:  Video Text Ár nAthair atá ar neamh, go naofar d’ainm; go dtaga do ríocht; go ndéantar do thoil ar an talamh […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in German

Audio Press play to hear The Lord’s Prayer in German, as read by Nicole Keller. Video Text Vater unser im Himmel, Geheiligt werde dein Name. Dein Reich komme. Dein Wille geschehe, Wie im Himmel so auf Erden. Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute, Und vergib uns unsere Schuld, Wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern. Und […]

April 27, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Tchiluba

Audio Press play to hear the Lord’s Prayer in Tchiluba as read by Ken Tam Text Tatu wetu udi mu diulu Tunemeke dina diebe. Bukelenge buebe bulue. Tuenze pa buloba bu muwudi musue, Bu mudibo bakuenzela mu diulu. Utupe tshitupa tshia bidia bietu, bia buatshia-buatshia lelu. Utujimijile mibi yetu, bu mutuakumana kujimijila bakuabo mibi yabo. […]

April 26, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in the Indonesian Language

Audio We’re happy to offer three recordings of The Lord’s Prayer in the Indonesian language, courtesy of Martinus, Petrus, and Mikael, who are all pursuing theology studies, on their way to becoming Servite Friars. Press “play” to listen: Text Bapa kami yang ada di surga Dimuliakanlah nama-Mu Datanglah Kerajaan-Mu Jadilah kehendak-Mu Di atas bumi seperti […]

April 26, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Japanese

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Japanese, as read by Noriko Tabata. Video Text (JPG Image) Text (may be problematic in some browsers) 天におられる私たちの父よ み名が聖とされますように み国がきますように みこころが天に行われるとおり 地にも行われますように 私たちの日ごとの糧を今日もお与えください 私たちの罪をおゆるしください 私たちも人をゆるします 私たちを誘惑におちいらせず、悪からお救いください アーメン Pronouncing Japanese Ten ni orareru watashi-tachi no Chichi yo, minna ga sei tosaremasu yo ni. Mi kuni ga […]

April 26, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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Putting on a Voices Home Lord’s Prayer Event

For many years, we’ve endeavored to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible, as well as in song. On this page, we offer a handy how-to, so you can plan your own Voices Home Lord’s Prayer event, to bring communities together, encourage the sharing of rich cultural traditions, and promoting […]

April 26, 2013 in Lord's Prayer, Music, Peacemaking by

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Delving Into The Lord’s Prayer

For many years, we’ve endeavored to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible, as well as in song. On this page, we offer a helpful line-by-line analysis of the prayer itself. Jesus Teaches: How to Pray We read in The Gospel of Matthew (6:9-13) that when the people asked, […]

April 22, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Lord's Prayer by

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“Voices Home” Song Celebrates Lord’s Prayer

NHM Ministrants has embarked on a project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible, as well as in song. On this page, you will find the song Voices Home, plus helpful sheet music, useful in staging your own Voices Home Lord’s Prayer event. Voices Home – Lord’s Prayer Montage […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer, Music by

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Background & History: Lord’s Prayer Project

NHM Ministrants has embarked on a project to bring The Lord’s Prayer to the web in as many languages as possible. To find out more about our current offerings, click here. History of The Voices Home Project The purpose of The Voices Home project is to allow visitors to experience The Lord’s Prayer, in their own languages […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Urdu

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Urdu, as read by Seema Shams. Video Text اے ہمارے باپ جو آسمان پر ہے، تیرا نام پاک ماتا جاۓ ، تیری بادشاہی آۓ‌، تیری مرضی جیسی آسمان پر پوری ہوتی ہے، زمین پر بھی ہو، ہماری روز کی روٹی آج ہمیں دے، اور جس طرح […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic

Pronouncing Aramaic Abwûn d’bwaschmâya Nethkâdasch schmuuch Têtê— malkuthach Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâya’f b’arha Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân yao-mâna Wasbokân chaubên wachtahên aikâna daf chnân schvoqan l’chaijabên Weyla tachlân l’nesjuna ela patzân min bischa Metul dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn. Amên Understanding Aramaic Abwûn— Our Father | d’bwaschmâya— who [is] in the heavens | Nethkâdasch — […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Kurdish (Text)

Bavê me yê li ezmanan, Bila navê te pîroz be. Bila padîşahiya te bê. Daxwaza te wek li ezmanan, Li ser rûyê erdê jî bi cih bê. Nanê me yê rojane roj bi roj bide me. Û li deynên me bibihûre, Wek ku em li deyndarên xwe bihûrtine. Û me nebe ceribandinê, Lê me ji […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Zulu (Text)

Baba wethu osezulwini Maliphathwe ngobungcwele igama lakho. Umbuso wakho mawufike. Intando yakho mayenziwe emhlabeni njengasezulwini. Awusiphe namhla isinkwa sethu semihla ngemihla. Usithethelele izono zethu njengoba nathi sibathethelela abasonayo. Ungasingenisi ekulingweni kodwa usisindise kokubi. Zulu Speakers Thank you for visiting our webpage. If you’d be interested to record The Lord’s Prayer in Zulu, to share with […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Romanes (Text)

There are many Romanes (pronounce ROME-ah-ness) dialects, including variations of Balkan, Northern and Southern Vlax, Southern Central, Northern Central, Northwestern, Northeastern, Southern Italian and Slovene. What follows is the text of the Romanes (English) dialect, courtesy Geno Bimbo: Text – Romanes Amaro del ki si ando jio, Bariaras kiro nahv, Kiro Ampuritzia te avel, Kiro […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in French

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in French, as read by Pierre Sagot. Video Text Notre Père qui es aux cieux Que ton Nom soit sanctifié Que ton règne vienne Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel. Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour; Pardonne-nous nos offenses, Comme […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in English

On this page you will find audio and video clips in Australian English, British English, as well as various American English versions, including trespasses, debts, a gender neutral version, the Joseph Smith translation, and versions with/without a doxology. Audio Press to play one of our American English versions (with “forgive us our debts, with doxology”) […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Cantonese

Audio Press “play” to listen to The Lord’s Prayer in Cantonese, as read by Annie Li.  Cantonese is a form of Chinese spoken mainly in southeastern China, including Hong Kong. Video Text   我們在天上的父, 願人都尊祢的名為聖, 願祢的國降臨, 願祢的旨意行在地上, 如同行在天上。 我們日用的飲食,今日賜給我們, 免我們的債,如同我們免了人的債, 不叫我們遇見試探, 救我們脫離兇惡, [因為國度、權柄、榮耀,全是祢的, 直到永遠。阿們! ] Pronunciation Guide NOTE: Please bear with us, this transliteration is […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (ASL)

Video Many versions are offered below. The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (Trespass/Dox/Vox) The Lord’s prayer in American Sign Language (Trespass/Dox) The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (Trespass) The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (Debts/Dox/Vox) The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (Debts_Dox) The Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language (Debts) Text […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Arabic

Audio Press play for an Arabic Lord’s Prayer (Egyptian pronunciation) with music background, as read/performed by David Younan. Press play to hear the Arabic Lord’s Prayer, as chanted. Press play to listen to a midi rendition of the Lord’s Prayer chant. You can also download a PDF of the Arabic Chant Sheet Music. Video Text […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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The Lord’s Prayer in Farsi

Ei pedarema, ke dar asman ast: nameto moghaddas bad. Malakuteto beayad. Eradateto chonan dar asman ast bar zamin nafez bad. Naneruzineyemara dar in ruz bema bebakhsh. Va an chonan ke gharzdaranekhodra mibakhshim, gharzhayemara bema bebakhsh. Va mara dar ma’razeazmayesh nayavar, balke az sharir khalasi deh. Zira ke molk va ghodrat va jalal ta abad az […]

April 22, 2013 in Lord's Prayer by

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WebDef: Envy

En·vy/envē/ – Noun: discontentment or resentment arising from the desire for an object or attribute belonging to someone else. Envy 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 […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Lust

Lust /ləst/  – Noun: Intense, often illicit, desire or craving, sometimes experienced as overmastering or overpowering. Lust 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, gluttony, […]

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WebDef: Sloth

Sloth/släth/  – Noun: Self-love resulting in reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness. Sloth 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, wrath, gluttony, etc. […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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WebDef: Greed

Greed /grēd/ – Noun: Intense desire to possess that which is rightfully another’s, or more than is deserved or needful. Greed 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, […]

April 20, 2013 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, WebDefs by

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