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October 2015 Synchroblog – Our last synchroblog

1 Oct

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October 2015 will be our last Synchroblog theme. After mulling it over for a while, our team has decided to discontinue our monthly Synchroblog. It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve met some amazing people and have learned so much through this process of sharing our ideas and thoughts through blogging.

We will leave our Synchroblog site up with all the themes and link lists but this month’s theme and link list posts will be our last. We will also leave our Facebook page up but will change the settings so no additional posts can be made on that page.

Our final synchroblog theme will be: “If this was my last blog post, here’s what I would say…”

For the month of October we invite you to imagine what you would want to say if you were writing your very last blog post.

Would you reflect on something from the past? Would you want to talk about blogging and how it has shaped you? Would you repost something from the past? Would you want to recommend other blogs? Would you want to rant about something? Would you tell a personal story? Would you share something you have learned along the way? Would you be dreaming about the future?  What is on your mind that you would want to share if you were writing your last blog post?

Please share your link in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, October 20 at midnight. We will publish a link list on Wednesday, October 21 that you will need to copy and paste to the end of your post.

We ask two things of all participants who wish to be included in the link list:

(1) Begin your post with a short intro stating that you are participating in the Synchroblog and link to this post. Examples: “This post is part of the October 2015 Synchroblog ‘If this was my last blog post, here’s what I would want to say’”. Or “This post is part of the October 2015 Synchroblog that invites bloggers to imagine what they would say if they were writing their last blog post.”

(2) Add the link list to the bottom of your post with a note encouraging readers to check out the other synchroblog contributions. We do all of the heavy lifting by putting the list together with all of the links included. Once we post the link list all you have to do is copy and paste. The list at the end of each post makes it easy for readers to move from one post to the other and increases exposure and readership for all of our participants.

Thanks for participating! We look forward to reading your fabulous last synchroblog posts!

June 2015 Sycnhroblog – Hospitality

10 Jun

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In a world that has grown frighteningly guarded and harsh, Christians are called to imitate Jesus by being sacraments of God’s hospitality in the world. This month we invite you to share your thoughts about hospitality.

Here are some questions for inspiration:

Is hospitality an essential element of imitating Christ?

Is hospitality a lost art?

What would it look like if hospitality was a way of life?

How does “true hospitality” compare to “modern day entertaining”?

Can hospitality really make a difference?

What is the purpose of hospitality?

Are Christians known for their hospitality?

Please share your link in the comments section of this post by Tuesday, June 23 midnight. We will publish a link list on Wednesday, June 24 that you will need to copy and paste to the end of your post.

We require two things of all participants who wish to be included in the link list:

(1) Begin your post with a short intro stating that you are participating in the synchroblog and link to this post. Examples: “This post is part of the June synchroblog “Hospitality”. Or “This post is part of the June synchroblog that invited bloggers to write about “Hospitality”.

(2) Add the link list to the bottom of your post with a note encouraging readers to check out the other synchroblog contributions. We do all of the heavy lifting by putting the list together with all of the links included. Once we post the link list all you have to do is copy and paste. The list at the end of each post makes it easy for readers to move from one post to the other and increases exposure and readership for all of our participants.

Thanks for participating!

What I Appreciate About [Other Religions] – March 2015 Synchroblog

6 Mar religion

religionAs humans, we often struggle with an “us vs. them” mentality. We like people who are like us, and tend to despise and look down upon people who are not like us. While this is true in sports, business, and politics, it is also sadly true in race and religion. While we are learning to overcome the “us vs. them” mentality in race relationship, it is still quite common among religions.

While we can all be strongly committed to our particular faiths and practice, it is helpful to remember that people of other religions are not the enemy. Paul writes in Ephesians 6 that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood,” and this is true even when the flesh and blood of another practices a different religion.

So in this synchroblog, I want to invite each of us to write about some things we appreciate about another religion. I want you to pick a religion, like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or even Atheism (though it’s not exactly a religion), and write about the things you appreciate about that religion, or the people who practice that religion.

Your post could take a variety of approaches on this topic. You could relate a story about an interaction you had with someone from that other religion, or you could talk about some of the religious beliefs and practices of that other religion and how Christianity could become better by adopting these other beliefs and practices. The goal is to recognize that Christianity can learn and benefit from people of other religions.

Publish your posts by March 17 and include a link to your post in the comment section below. The full link list will get published on March 18.

October Synchroblog Announcement – Mental Illness Awareness

25 Sep

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To commemorate the launch of Sarah Griffith Lund‘s new book — Blessed Are The Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church — and to participate in National Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 5-11), we invite you to join in a Synchroblog on mental illness, family, and church.

Break the silence by sharing your personal story of how you’ve been impacted by mental illness in your family and/or in your faith community.

Learn more about National Mental Illness Awareness Week: http://nami.org/template.cfm?section=mental_illness_awareness_week

October 7 is also the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. Sarah Griffith Lund has recorded this prayer video to help faith communities observe this holiday – please watch and share:

NOTE: We are joining with another synchroblog for this event, so the posting date and instructions are a bit different. This is also coming up quickly!

mental-illness-healthtuts-1First, publish your post by midnight on MONDAY, October 6th. Post the links in the comment section here as normal. We at the synchroblog will post all your links over at the Facebook event for the other group (which can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/945367335493240/

If you want, you may also use the hashtag #BlessedAreTheCrazy when you post your links to your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Follow the hashtag: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BlessedAreTheCrazy

Second, we will put up the full link list on Tuesday, October 7th for you to publish at the end on your blog post.

We hope you will participate and break the silence by sharing YOUR story!

Loving Nature: Is God Green?

25 Aug

Loving NatureJames Nash, considered a Christian “ecotheologian,” wrote a book in 1991 called Loving Nature: Ecological Integrity and Christian Responsibility. He was troubled by the way stewardship of nature was becoming equated with practices of dominion and control.

More recently, Brian Borger, of Hearts and Minds book blog, posted a list of readings in “Learning to Love What God Loves: Creation Care and Christian Discipleship,” noting “it should be evident that the Bible teaches what might be called a green theology.”

Does God really love creation? If so, what does that mean?

How did “green” become synonymous with “pagan pantheist”? Or maybe “Godless liberal”?

Should churches be thinking and talking about things like energy usage, divestment of pensions invested in fossil fuel, environmental policy, sustainable food sheds, deforestation?

What did Paul mean in Romans 8 when he spoke of a groaning creation?

How does our eschatology shape our view of ecotheology?

This month we’re inviting bloggers to share posts on Loving Nature: Is God Green?

Feel free to share thoughts from time spent outdoors this summer, or from psalms, books, poems, whatever sets you thinking. This can be as political – or apolitical – as you choose.  And if the questions above are helpful, feel free to consider them. If not, ignore them!

The date of this month’s synchroblog is the third Wednesday of the month, September 18

If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post. Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, September 17 to make sure you’re included.

We ask each participant to include an introduction stating that their post is part of the “September Synchroblog – Loving Nature: Is God Green?” (you may want to include a link to this post for a full explanation) and a list of all the participants with their links at the end of your post.  The list of links can be copied and pasted at the end of your post after they are published on this site in a separate post on September 17.

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