April 25, 2014

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Practicing the Presence of God Print E-mail

"Surely the Lord is present in this place, and I did not know it!" The words are from Jacob, the ancient patriarch. Barbara Brown Taylor quotes them in her most recent book, An Altar in the World (New York: HarperOne, 2009). Barbara, who gave the commencement address to our 2013 graduating class, goes on to say: "People encounter God under shady oak trees, on riverbanks, at the tops of mountains, and in long stretches of barren wilderness. God shows up in whirlwinds, starry skies, burning bushes, and perfect strangers" (12-13).

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Church News 6-11-13 Print E-mail

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Butler United Methodist Church VBS Print E-mail

Get your fair gear ready as we head to the fair this year from 6-8:15 p.m., nightly, June 12-14. VBS is available for children grades Kindergarten thru the fifth.

We are located at 8417 Hwy 27 N.

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Means of Grace Print E-mail

My spiritual director once said to me that my way of knowing and experiencing God is more apophatic than cataphatic.  Though I was slow to see it, he may have a point.

According to scholars, like Roberta Bondi, the apophatic way of talking about God and of approaching God is characterized, as Roberta Bondi writes, "by looking beyond all created categories of sensation and thought to the God who can in no way be conceptualized,"( Richardson, Alan, and John Bowden, ed. Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology. Westminster John Knox Press, 1983, "Apophatic Theology" 32).

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Religion News 6-4-13 Print E-mail

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Religion News 5-28-13 Print E-mail

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Religion News 5-21-13 Print E-mail

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The End of the Beguine Print E-mail

There's no particular reason most of us would have noticed. She did not produce a top-ten pop song or write a best-selling novel, or star in a blockbuster movie. She didn't achieve high political office or make a scientific discovery. She was 92 years old at her death. A quiet, chaste, simple soul, her eyesight profoundly impaired, who lived alone. Very much alone. She was the last surviving member of her religious body, the Beguines, a lay religious movement in which women lived in communities dedicated to prayer, useful service and chastity. The movement seems to have begun and spread almost spontaneously, particularly in the Low Countries of Western Europe, beginning in the twelfth or thirteenth century.

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Religion News 5-14-13 Print E-mail

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Neave United Methodist Church annual homecoming Print E-mail

The folks at Neave United Methodist Church cordially invite you to attend our annual Homecoming event, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m. and worship services at 11 a.m. A potluck mean will be served at noon in the basement of the church. After lunch we will be blessed by the music of "On Solid Ground." Program planned by our lay leader Betty Pugh. Come celebrate and remember.

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