Friday fragments — 9 April 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Today, 9 April, is the day the Uniting Church remembers the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor, theologian and martyr under the Nazis; this was the day of his birth into eternal life. Read about his life here and be inspired.

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Assembly Update

April Assembly Update is out — read it here to see the latest from the Uniting Church Assembly.

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‘Something Wondrous is Afoot’

Easter has fifty days, so here is an Easter reflection from the wonderful Kathleen Norris.

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A common date for Easter

Eastern and Western churches calculate Easter in basically the same way, yet the dates are often different. This is because the West uses the Gregorian calendar, while the East sticks to the older (and less accurate) Julian Calendar to date Easter.

Thirteen years ago, a consultation at Aleppo, Syria proposed a basis for a common date which would use the most accurate astronomical timing. Their hope was the the year 2000 would see it happen. We’re still waiting! This year and next, Easter falls on the same day for both East and West. Let’s pray for a common dates from now on!

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Dear Pope: Call me!

Not me, no, but Rev Dr Marie Fortune who has written perceptively on the change of heart needed in the light of the child abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church.

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