Description : The Art of Connectivity A Call to Unity Within a Diverse Society The Art of Connectivity is an attempt to unite the disconnected! If we are connected holistically and know what we have been called or created to do, then we may map out our lives and take the appropriate detours when obstacles are placed in our paths. If we are living with undefined directions and focus, we may become lost, unstable or unable to move ahead when a detour or obstacle is placed in our paths. Individually, we must see and embrace positive visions. We must avert negativity and recover holistically from obstacles in our paths and together we can/will make a difference. Connectivity is mapping your life backward and securing direction and re-direction throughout your life journeys. Connectivity is staying in your lane at times or crossing and eradicating negative and chaotic lines. Connectivity is helping others after you have helped yourself or found help from the hands of another. It is helping oneself and opening doors so others may be helped. An essential focus of this writing is connecting and evangelizing the local community through Christian educational methodologies to eradicate/minimize negativity and embrace unity. This enlightenment will be accomplished through active participation in the learning experiences that causes one to delve within the teachings of those who have lived and died so all people can live together in unity, while embracing theirs and others cultural values. The positive counteractions are primarily the responsibility of the individual to accept and implement, but it is also a shared responsibility. This shared responsibility must be conveyed and put into action by any positive or holistic means necessary to assist the self-negated to be connected and productive members of society. Just as so many pull together and work together during a major disaster for the good for all concerned, we must see the signs of destruction in others, and we must help rescue those who desire to be rescued. African-Americans and all ethnicities must delve into the educational process and search for biblical and secular educational truth. In finding truth, we will know without a doubt, who we are and whence we came according to not only stories and fables, which have been handed down from generation to generation but according to biblical and secular education as well. That which leads one to disconnect ones self, ones heritage and ones faith practices manifests itself amidst a psychological enslavement of ones mental factors. Negative behavior is associated with a negative self-identity. Every dark and chaotic circumstance needs a torch bearer to give light to their dark situations if they are to make it successful in life. We must move forward to unveil positive countermeasures to deter negative behaviors and actions. Western psychologists are concerned with how each of us differs from the other. The Ancients, on the other hand, looked at the essence of sameness. When we realize it is in our sameness, as children of God, we are given a royal positioning as joint heirs with Christ. We will love our Creator, ourselves, and others. M. M. McPhearson June 2011
Description : With evil mounting around the world, God's plan for the Church begins. World-wide persecution of Christianity grows, but a clarion call sounds for the Army of God to rise up from the ashes and unite within the body of Christ as one spiritual force against the approaching storm. The Lord raises up young men and women with solemn faces and heavy hearts-battle-arrayed and ready for war. Their swords are sharp and their arrows pierce the darkness and bring forth light into all dark places. He pours His Spirit upon the old and the young, and they quickly come up. They bind together and look toward Heaven. As one, they kneel before the altar and unleash thunderous supplication before the throne room of God. They are of a multitude of all races, nationalities, and beliefs but Jesus Christ, their Lord, binds them together. Their differences do not matter. They are spirit-filled and move of one accord. The darkness shall not touch them. Their lights shine forth into the darkness, and the darkness cowers before the name of Jesus Christ on their lips. The darkness seeks to steal, kill, and destroy, but the Army of God prepares to die-there is power in death-and there is no other choice. The time is now. In nearly every book on end-time prophecy to date, the story begins with the rapture and tells of God's plan for the end-after Christians have been taken up into Heaven. What if the plan started before the rapture? God calls His believers to the front lines in preparation of the approaching spiritual storm. Christians are living in one of the most pivotal times in human history-at the climax of the story for God's plan for the Church! With revelations and personal prophecies backed by scripture, A Voyage with God calls God's followers to rise up in fulfillment of biblical prophecy as the race toward the end begins.
Description : The British Study Edition of the Urantia Papers is based on the standard SRT text, but uses the metric system and adds a critical apparatus of textual variants and study notes.
Description : By all accounts, the modern ecumenical movement is not moving much these days. Despite dramatic breakthroughs in the past few decades, the quest for a visibly united church--in which there is common confession of the apostolic faith, full Eucharistic communion, and mutual recognition of members and ministers--now meets with indifference by many, impatience by some, and outright hostility by others. In part, this is because the movement has not given enough attention to grassroots ecumenical engagement. This book is written to convince ordinary Christians, especially young Christian adults, that they too have a stake in the future of the ecumenical movement as its most indispensable participants. Ecumenism Means You, Too draws on the music of Irish rock band U2 to cast artistic light on various aspects of the quest for Christian unity. Whether one is a U2 fan or not, and whether one thinks the ecumenical movement is a good thing or a bad thing for the church, everyone who reads this book will learn something about the Christian theological framework apart from which neither the modern ecumenical movement nor the meaning of U2's music can be understood. The book includes an annotated bibliography of resources for ecumenical engagement and a glossary of key ecumenical terms for readers who want to learn more about the Christian practice of seeking the unity of the church.
Description : How do people in the African diaspora practice Islam? While the term "Black Muslim" may conjure images of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, millions of African-descended Muslims around the globe have no connection to the American-based Nation of Islam. The Call of Bilal is a penetrating account of the rich diversity of Islamic religious practice among Africana Muslims worldwide. Covering North Africa and the Middle East, India and Pakistan, Europe, and the Americas, Edward E. Curtis IV reveals a fascinating range of religious activities--from the observance of the five pillars of Islam and the creation of transnational Sufi networks to the veneration of African saints and political struggles for racial justice. Weaving together ethnographic fieldwork and historical perspectives, Curtis shows how Africana Muslims interpret not only their religious identities but also their attachments to the African diaspora. For some, the dispersal of African people across time and space has been understood as a mere physical scattering or perhaps an economic opportunity. For others, it has been a metaphysical and spiritual exile of the soul from its sacred land and eternal home.
Description : This collection of essays integrates a broad spectrum of geographical, denominational, and interdisciplinary perspectives, and analyses the relationship between family and religion in its various contexts, both historical and contemporary. Divided into four key parts, the contributors address first the biblical and patristic background of the family construct, while the second part reveals denominational and ecumenical perspectives on marriage and the family. The third part sketches a sociological profile of the family in some European countries and addresses pastoral and sacramental issues connected with it. The final part places the Christian family in the context of contemporary society.
Description : Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Workshop on Maximum Entropy and Bayesian Methods, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1995
Description : An entertaining and provocative account of India’s past, written by one of the country’s leading thinkers For all India’s myths, its sea of stories and moral epics, Indian history remains a curiously unpeopled place. In Incarnations, Sunil Khilnani fills that space, bringing to life fifty extraordinary men and women who changed both India and the world. Journeying across India in pursuit of their stories—visiting slum temples, ayurvedic call centers, Bollywood studios, textile mills, and Mughal fortresses—Khilnani offers trenchant portraits of emperors, warriors, philosophers, artists, iconoclasts, and entrepreneurs. Some of these historical figures are famous. Some are unjustly forgotten. And all, Khilnani convinces us, are deeply relevant today. As their rich and surprising lives take the reader through twenty-five hundred winding years of Indian and world history, Khilnani brings wit, feeling, historical rigor, and uncommon insight to dilemmas that extend from ancient times to our own. We encounter the Buddha not as the usual beatific icon but as a radical young social critic. We meet the ancient Sanskrit linguist who inspires computer programmers today. We hear the medieval poets, ribald and profound, who mocked rituals and caste and whose voices resonate in contemporary poetry. And we see giants of the twentieth-century Independence movement—among them Mohandas Gandhi; Ambedkar, the Untouchable lawyer turned constitution maker; and the legendary singer M. S. Subbulakshmi—not as cardboard cutouts but as complex and striving human beings. At once a provocative and sophisticated reinterpretation of India’s history and an incisive commentary on its present-day conflicts and struggles, Incarnations is an authoritative, sweeping, and often moving account of a nation coming into its own.