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  • Brotherly Kindness (June 24, 2018)

    Brotherly Kindness /June 24, 2018

    Peter Fitch hits the second last word in the spiritual formation list in 2 Peter 1. Studying this term led him to talk about the famous interaction between Jesus and Peter at the end of John’s Gospel. It also led to a discussion of the founding of Philadelphia by William Penn in the 17th century and the founding of Pennfield, New Brunswick, in the 18th century. For a period of time this was the most just community in North America because the founding members absolutely refused to allow slavery in any form. Peter ties in Jackie Robinson in a personal story that led him to teach about inclusion in churches for people of different sexualities. Then he adds insight from the Talmud and from Kahlil Gibran.

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    Godliness (June 17, 2018)

    Godliness /June 17, 2018

    Continuing on with his emphasis on spiritual formation from ideas in 2 Peter, chapter 1, Peter Fitch tackles the meaning behind the word, eusebeia, or “godliness.” He looks at ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Indian ideas that help to illustrate this word. For instance, it was considered as the essential missing element that helped to turn “law” into “justice” in ancient Greek mythology. It was also used to translate the important Buddhist concept of dharma when early Buddhist teaching was translated into Greek. Then Peter talks about what God is like and what characteristics of this we can share when we try to help others.

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    What a Ride! (June 10, 2018)

    What a Ride! /June 10, 2018

    Kendall and Shelley Kadatz share something of the struggles they have been through over the past 6 years with their son, Braeden’s, health. This a talk that is full of the kind of wisdom that only comes through lived experience. It moves from laughter to heartbreak to poignant reflection as they describe his illness and his recent surprising breakthroughs.

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