Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Devotions for the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between January 18 and January 25. The theme of the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is, "Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue," (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).
During the January 6, 2019 Faith Forum about Epiphany we heard T.S. Elliot read his poem "Journey of the Magi" To explore and learn more read this guide. The page also includes a printed version of the poem. The audio version read by T. S. Eliot is below.
Mother Susan's Book Recommendation
The Work of Christmas - the 12 Days of Christmas with Howard Thurman, by Bruce Epperly
I received this important book as a gift for Christmas this year. I am so grateful for this new resource, which I will now use each Christmas! Not only does it continue the practice of daily devotional readings during Christmas-Tide, which I so enjoy during Advent, but it also feeds my soul with hope and clarity for the new year. The Rev. Howard Thurman is one of America's most trusted mystic and activist's of the last century. For each of the 12 days of Christmas this book offers scripture, an insightful quote by Thurman and a brief devotional reading by the author that helps open our hearts to all the ways God might be working in our lives. This book that inspires us to be 'light-bearers' into the new year, encourages to carry the message of Jesus' Divine justice and hope. Though the 12 Days of Christmas this year is nearly over - the work of Christmas is year-round. I highly encourage you to get a copy of this book - and take the following 12 days to savor each reading. This book - is a GREAT gift idea for your soul friends next Christmas…
Father Nick's book recommendation:
The Weather Detective, Peter Wohlleben
In the Gospel of Luke Jesus asks, “You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?" But... do we really know how to interpret the weather? “In this first-ever English translation of The Weather Detective, Peter Wohlleben uses his long experience and deep love of nature to help decipher the weather and our local environments in a completely new and compelling way. Analyzing the explanations for Detective everyday questions and mysteries surrounding weather and natural phenomena, he delves into a new and intriguing world of scientific investigation.
At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can birdsong or flower scents help you tell the time? These are among the many questions Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient now-forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature's secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the world around you." Here's to nurturing everyone's green thumb!