We Have to Share with Cows?

May 10, 2009

Sermon from May 3rd, 2009 from Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, New York by Reverend Vince Anderson.

Study Resources:

Genesis 1:2-4

Psalm 24:1-2

2 Corinthians 12:9

Psalm 46:10

Isaiah 66:1

John 3:16

Luke 10:25-37

James 4:17

Serve God, Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth

The Green Bible

http://www.energystar.gov

http://www.eco-justice.org

http://www.theregenerationproject.org

http://www.healthyfamiliesnow.org

http://www.restoringeden.org

http://www.webofcreation.org

http://www.nyfaithjustice.org

http://conedisonsolutions.com/residential_green_power.html

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Newsletter for March 30th, 2009.

March 31, 2009

Greetings from Brooklyn!

Although I have been working with Jay and Revolution NYC for close to a year now, we just realized I still haven’t introduced myself to many of you. I am a long-time online listener who relocated to Brooklyn last spring and took over many of Marc Brown’s duties for the church. If you have contacted us through Myspace, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, you have probably already met me. But since we have so much going on right now, I’d like to save more about me for later and get right to the good stuff.

We’re well into the swing of things with our “Green Bible” study, meeting every second and fourth Thursday here in Brooklyn. These are open-ended, meaning you can jump in and out as your schedule allows without having to worry about missing days you can’t attend. If you’d like more information on this please visit our staff blog for more details. You can do that by clicking here.

We are very excited to be working with a great group called Books Behind Bars, who deliver reading material to prisoners all across the country. If you attend Revolution here in New York, you can click here for a list of the types of books they need, and if you are an online listener and would like to help out with this great cause you can do that here.

Also for those of you here in New York City, we are very excited to bring you our next installation of our film series with “Shakespeare Behind Bars”. Seeing a trend here? This documentary film chronicles the story of prisoners who take on roles from the works of Shakespeare, which in turn helps them to confront their personal demons. This will be shown on Monday, April 13th at WOW Cafe here in Brooklyn. You can get all the details at our Facebook Fan page.

Finally, we once again ask humbly for your donations to help keep our church going. Much of the work that goes into Revolution comes from unpaid volunteers like myself in an effort to use any money we do have as efficiently as possible. We are on a show-string budget so every little bit helps. If you prefer, you can even sign up for automatic giving in any increment you’d like. Even if it’s only a few dollars a month, it would make a big difference. We get so many heartbreaking letters from people who we have touched, and it’s an unfortunate fact of life that we need funding to continue to do this. So please, if you haven’t yet or have been considering it, go here to donate now.

As always, we want to hear from you and get your feedback and ideas. We really take them to heart because we want to serve you and our community as best as we possibly can. I can’t wait to meet more of you so don’t be shy! You can email me directly at paolo@revolutionnyc.com if you ever need to get a hold of me. God Bless and we’ll see you soon!

Paolo Mello
RevolutionNYC Web Coordinator


Earth Hour – Tonight at 8:30 PM

March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than one billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 28 and sending a powerful global message that we care enough about climate change to take action.
http://www.earthhour.org/home/


God Won’t Save Us From Ourselves.

March 26, 2009

Dr. Rowen Williams, the current (104th) Archbishop of Canterbury, gaves a lecture at the Ebor Lecture, York Minster, to spell out why respect for the environment is not an optional extra, particularly for Christians.

Know for his tough stance on environmental issues, Dr. Williams issued some very challenging ideas to those who practice the christian faith.

“humanity should turn away from the selfishness and greed that leads it to ignore its interdependence with the natural world.

And God would not guarantee a “happy ending”, he warned.

‘Ultimate tragedy’

Speaking on Wednesday he said just as God gave humans free will to do “immeasurable damage” to themselves as individuals it seemed “clear” they had the same “terrible freedom” as a human race.

“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and un-biblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin,” he said.

“God’s faithfulness stands, assuring us that even in the most appalling disaster love will not let us go – but it will not be a safety net that guarantees a happy ending in this world.”

Without a change of heart, Dr Williams warned, the world faced a number of “doomsday scenarios” including the “ultimate tragedy” of humanity gradually “choked, drowned, or starved by its own stupidity.”

The poorest and most vulnerable and our children and grandchildren would pay the heaviest price for climate change, he added.

“Whilst there’s nothing wrong in hoping for a miracle, relying on one does seem to be more than a bit reckless.

“We need to all do what we can now, or we’re giving up on this world.”

Personally, i’m pretty excited to hear someone in the church talking some sense about environmental issues.  We are called to be stewards of the earth, not destroyers.

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also: the more i read about this guy the more i like him;  in his Advent Letter for 2007 he said: “…it is part of our Christian and Anglican discipleship to condemn homophobic prejudice and violence, to defend the human rights and civil liberties of homosexual people and to offer them the same pastoral care and loving service that we owe to all in Christ’s name.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7964880.stm


THE GREEN BIBLE STUDY

February 6, 2009

 

green-bible

This Thursday, Feb. 12th, Revolution Church will begin it’s new Bible study called, The Green Bible. This study will use as it’s guide the newly published Green Bible. Taking it’s cue from the Red Letter Bibles, that have the words of Jesus highlighted in red, this Bible has words dealing with the environment highlighted in green.

We will spend time looking at what the Bible has to say about caring for the planet, as well as looking at the theologies and interpretations that have got us to the crisis we are in now. We will also look at practical ways we can apply what we learn to our ever day lives.

The study will be an open ended one, meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. If you would like to mark you calenders, the upcoming dates are as follows; Feb. 12th and 26th, March 12th and 26th, April 9th and 23rd. The study will start at 7 pm. Each study will be somewhat self-contained, so don’t feel like you need to make them all. 

We will be meeting at the home of Chris and Anne Ammons. They live right off the Hewes stop of the J train, on the corner of Broadway and Hooper in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For the exact address or any other questions please contact me at vince@revolutionnyc.com

In addition to the Green Bible we will also be using “Serve God Save the Planet”, by J. Matthew Sleeth. These publications are not required for participation, but might come in handy if you have some money laying around. You can get them here. The Green Bible  Serve God Save the Planet.

Hope you can join us as we look at this important issue, and how we as people of faith can respond to it. I promise, it won’t be all doom and gloom. Last Bible study, we looked at the Book of Ecclesiastes and still managed to have a pretty good time.