Last weekend I took a train to Wroclaw, the capital of the southern province of Silesia. When Germany controlled this area the city was called Breslau. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born there in 1906 when it was considered a microcosm of all of European culture and civilization. Indeed, Norman Davies wrote the definitive history of Wroclaw/Breslau and entitled it "Microcosm." If Wroclaw was a microsm of Europe then the Bonhoeffer's were a microcosm of the cultured European.
John Paul II presence is still present in Kraków. Not merely statues and various plaques that commemorate his papal visits but the presence of his mind and heart in many of the people who live and work here. One such person is a Dominican friar, Jarolav Kupcak (photo above). Fr [...]
The 4th bi-annual Milosz Poetry festival begins tomorrow. I will be attending the opening press conference and many of the festivities as guest of its key organizer and founder, Adam Zagajewski. In preparation for this event, I've interviewed two professors at the Jagiellonian University who knew him. Prof. Aleksander Fiut [...]
I want to make a few connections between Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "the Joy of the Gospel" and the Alpha course. Alpha is now run in more Catholic Churches than Anglican ones. I believe there is a wonderful symmetry between Pope Francis' theology of evangelization and the Alpha course, and this symmetry, in part, explains the rapid and expanding diffusion of Alpha into the Roman Catholic Church world wide.
These are days of joy! For the past three days I have enjoyed an Alpha board meeting and the Leadership Conference at HTB. I've also enjoyed the company of several Leaders from ACNA and the Virginia Baptists. And I especially enjoyed renewing friendship with several RC leaders from around the world. In total there are over 6,000 delegates from 84 countries.
In The Church and the Left, Adam Michnik, sought to describe the cooperation—even collaboration—necessary to lay the political order that would overthrow Stalinism, a political order that in fact became Solidarity.
Fellow Pilgrim, This is a journal record of the pilgrimage to Poland to visit my friend Adam Zagajewski. Adam has invited me to attend the ceremony of the 3rd Herbert prize for poetry in Warsaw. We will then return to Cracow to attend the 4th Milosz Poetry festival. Adam helps oversee both events.
Jesus’ "Great Commandment" is that we love our neighbors as ourselves. This is not just a metaphor. This is our calling right here in Northern Virginia. Especially as our culture becomes more individualistic, more isolated, and more competitive, our ability to love—to truly care for the people around us—will preach [...]
Listen to the talk here. Bishop Dr. D. Zac Niringiye Truro Church, April 2015 1.1 Introduction According to http://www.anglicancommunion.org/, the Anglican Episcopal family consists of 44 different Churches (an estimated 85 million Christians). These make up 38 Member Churches (also called Provinces) and six other national or local churches known [...]
I happen to agree that the re-evangelization of Europe should be one of the greatest objectives of Lambeth and the Vatican. However, I was surprised to see this argument made by a Jew. Please read this extraordinary article from First Things. What do you think of this objective of the [...]