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Prayer

Prayer

Everyone says, ‘I will pray about that’, or asks ‘please pray about that for me’. But what does that really mean? Sometimes it is just a pious but empty expression.…

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People of Peace / Gatekeepers

People of Peace / Gatekeepers

Jesus said to her, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband - for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”…

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Weeping with those who weep

Weeping with those who weep

I was sitting with my language teacher, reading a piece she had chosen by a Palestinian poet, where he mourned his exile from his country.  It was not long since…

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Vulnerable Love

Vulnerable Love

Title of Book: Vulnerable Love Author: Bernhard J.G. Reitsma Publisher, Year: Langham Partnership, 2020 Reviewed by: C.H. The relationship between Christians and Muslims has always been complex, often caught up…

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Hospitality among the diaspora

Hospitality among the diaspora

Continuing to explore hospitality, we ask what form it takes among the diaspora? Receiving hospitality I’m visiting my Lebanese friend Mariam at 3 in the afternoon. ‘Do you want something…

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Doing life together: Hospitality in SE Asia

Doing life together: Hospitality in SE Asia

This blog continues the discussion of hospitality.  It may look very different according to where we live and work, and the blogs show that variety.  But it is important everywhere:…

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Hospitality: Following the Unwritten Rules

Hospitality: Following the Unwritten Rules

 This blog is the first of a series that will come out over the next months looking at hospitality. Jesus gives us an invitation to come and dine with him, prepares…

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Integrated Women Living and Learning

Integrated Women Living and Learning

Our separate roles, our different relationships, do not disconnect us or divide who we are. If all of life is the sphere of God’s glory, then all of life —…

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Conversations and Relationships across faiths: where do we start? Part 2

Conversations and Relationships across faiths: where do we start? Part 2

In the previous blog, I discussed the importance of prayer in seeking to build cross-religious conversations and relationships. This second part looks at asking questions, hospitality, and growing deeper relationships.…

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Conversations and Relationships Across Faiths: where do we start? Part 1

Conversations and Relationships Across Faiths: where do we start? Part 1

As a teacher in Southeast Asia, I once heard a colleague talking about her time studying in Brisbane, Australia. During that time, she said, no-one had spoken to her about…

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