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More now than in 60 years, we’re talking about what racism and sexism mean and do – and what to do about them. At the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey pointed people to a world where you don’t get a worse life for being black, or get paid less for being a woman. A world where being a man and being white doesn’t give you a free pass to abuse power.
What is new for me about praying to God as Abba, our loving Father, is that as God’s adopted children we are free, even able to be frisky, in our thanksgiving, petitions, confession, vow, disappointments and praise, because the Holy Spirit as our defense lawyer and counselor will tie up the loose, unsanctified ends of our prayers (Rom. 8:26-27). Yes, childlike prayer is as serious as exorcism, but we children are not responsible for saving the world.
On February 3, Brock University hosted its tenth annual Social Justice Forum in the Marilyn Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts in St. Catharines, Ont. Once producing train seats, that repurposed factory now showcases the humanities. A conference dealing with environment, human and labour rights found the renovated venue a fitting place for the 12 workshops.
Among other things, this spiritual hunger was manifest in an initial responsiveness to familiar Western evangelical missionary methods, such as Billy Graham-style crusades and “first contact” gospel presentations. However successful these methods were in the short-term, it quickly became apparent to church leaders in Latvia that these methods did not yield long-term disciples or healthy churches. A new approach was needed – one that could arise organically from Latvians themselves.
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