Any way we can view this film in South Africa?

Radical GraceWhile the Catholic Church has sought to control US Nuns through what has been called the “New Inquisition,” it has been unsuccessful in its efforts.  The film Radical Grace documents the response of Sr. Simone Campbell, Sr. Jean Hughes, and Sr. Chris Shenk and is nothing short of brilliant.  Producers Rebecca Parrish and Nicole Bernardi-Reis chronicle their holy journeys in maintaining their vows by challenging the Vatican.  A full review of the film can be read here.

Please consider supporting the film through its crowdfund campaign.  The opportunity to meditate with Sr. Simone is incentive enough!  Congrats to Rebecca and Nicole on their fantastic project and much gratitude to Sr. Simone, Sr. Jean, and Sr. Chris for reminding us that “love is blind but obedience shouldn’t be.”

On April 30, the Vatican Doctrine of Faith “told the leadership group they were ignoring procedures for choosing speakers for their…

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Does Benedictine monasticism necessarily imply withdrawal?

The Dominican Option | C. C. Pecknold | First Things.










Lord, have mercy. I understand that police have arrested a suspect already.

Olga Raschietti, 83, Lucia Pulici, 75, Bernadetta Boggian, aged 79. I haven’t heard of the Saverian Order.–murder.html

Everyone wants to slow down these days; they just want to do it quickly.


I am not a breadmaker. Though I’ve certainly made my share of bread and other yeasty goods, it’s never been a habit. And let’s be honest, habit is essential to the craft. I am, however, inspired by those who embrace the disciplines of breadmaking as part of their daily practice.

6It’s just shy of twenty years ago that my beloved and I showed up to a bookshop in Pasadena (California) to hear the Jesuit Brother Rick Curry speak about his book The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking. The Brother not only spoke of his passions for bread and faith, but created and kneaded a simple dough as he spoke. It was all the more captivating for the fact that he had only one arm.

At the time Curry was running a school in New York for disabled actors who aspired to careers in the theatre. To support the school, he worked…

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TEDx DelrayBeach: Helen Turnbull on unconscious bias.

Interesting attempt at Arab-Israeli community life between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Hello, Shalom, Salam.

We are happy to introduce Raida Aiashe-Khatib from Neve Shalom, a town that literally means “oasis of peace”. Neve Shalom, also known as Wāħat al-Salām, is a cooperative village jointly founded by Israeli Jews and Palestinian-Israeli Arabs in an attempt to show that the two peoples can live side by side peacefully, as well as to conduct educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples. The village is located midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Neve Shalom, Wāħat al-Salām

* What I love about working with the volunteers:

The fact that young people come to volunteer, gives me motivation to work with them and feel that I, too, volunteer. I feel like I’m their family in Israel. It gives me satisfaction to feel like their mother. I am here for them. For each request, or problem, they turn to me and I try, as much as possible, to help them. There are a variety of people from many countries in which the English language actually unifies them. It makes me feel good to find an “adopting family” for the volunteers and connect them to the Jewish and Arab youth in our village, and that’s how they are absorbed into our village life. The first thing I do when they arrive, is to show them where I live and give them my contact. This gives them a very good feeling and a sense of belonging.
Raida Aiashe-Khatib

* An interesting fact about me:

I’ve always been interested in the volunteers, even when someone else was the coordinator, as I always appreciated the fact that they decided to come and volunteer. My home was always open to volunteers, as well as having meals together, and conducting many long conversations about our life in the village, that is shared by Arabs and Jews, together. While I was doing that, others in our village observed that, as well as other organizations. Since we have many German volunteers, the chairman of the Germany-Israel Friends Organization recommended me as the volunteers’ coordinator. They approached me, and I happily agreed.
Raida  in the oasis

* interesting anecdotes about our volunteers:

The volunteers feel at home in our village, they learn a lot about the various Arab and Jewish holidays, cooking’ and even medicinal herbs.

The residents of our village hold a strict convention built upon a dialogue, respect, and mutual trust. No side wants to live on account of the other. We believe that together we shall overcome all the hardships, and we do that by having meetings, talks, and conversations. Even if I do not agree with my neighbor’s opinion, we will still maintain a respectful discussion.

We aim at not fighting, yet enlightening the differences, and moving on, to live peacefully. The volunteers join our village meetings, and we translate our talks. At first, the volunteers feel as if they have the solution to our controversies, but one can’t really understand our way of life until one actually lives it with us. Eventually, the volunteers are left with a sense of understanding, respect, and appreciation for our way of life.

Usually the volunteers will work in the village guest house, construction, swimming pool, the Spiritual Interfaith Center, The School for Peace, the Friends Associations, and fund raising.
Neve Shalom, Jewish-Arab village

Most of the volunteers, come back to visit us long after they returned to their countries. They even come back with their own families. Due to their unique and complex encounter with our interesting way of living, many of the volunteers chose to continue on with Law studies, or International Relationships.
A house in Neve Shalom

The primary school, which is an integrative bilingual educational system from nursery to 6th grade, needs double the staff for each subject learned: Arabic, and Hebrew. That’s why it’s double the costs.

If you care to donate or just check Neve Shalom’s unique school:

Macrina Walker alerted me to this intriguing project, the establishment of an Orthodox monastery on the Scottish island of Mull.

May God bless this effort, Father Seraphim!

5 acres - $100K

5 acres – $100K

Iona pilgrimage 2014

Iona pilgrimage 2014

Steve Hayes sent me this link to some pictures of an Orthodox pilgrimage to Iona.

I didn’t realise this connection existed but there we go.

Here’s the text of a message given by Jim Forest during the pilgrimage, “Learning to love our enemies.”

Academic institutions as religious orders?

Richard Mouw is president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary.

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