“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I've Been Tagged: 5 Things I Dig About Jesus

A Year Acceptable and diane tagged me to play this meme. It's from John Smulo's blog and it goes like this:

1. Those tagged will share 5 Things They Dig About Jesus.
2. Those tagged will tag 5 people.
3. Those tagged will leave a link to their meme in the comments section of this post so everyone can keep track of what's being posted..


Ok. Here goes:

1. Jesus was (is) wise. He always knew what to say or when not to speak.
2. Jesus loves. Everyone. (It's really hard to do, but I dig that Jesus does and so, I try).
3. Jesus told great stories with layers and layers of meaning.
4. Jesus listened to women. and poor people. and sick people. and unclean people. He stopped what he was doing and listened.
5. Jesus saves us from ourselves.

World Refugee Day

Today, June 20, is World Refugee Day, established in 1951 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This day commemorates the courage and strength of refugees world wide.

Some Refugee facts from Episcopallife:

1. There are 12 million refugees and asylum seekers worldwide
2. 8 million refugees have spent five years or more in refugee camps
3. 21 million people have been forcibly displaced within their own countries
4. 41,000 refugees were resettled in the US in Fiscal Year 2006
5. Episcopal Migration Ministries resettled 2,3000 in Fiscal Year 2006
6. The Middle East is the region with the largest number of refugees.

and: small church has assisted in resettling one family of 7 from Rwanda, two families from Burundi and four families from the Congo in the last three weeks.

A Collect for World Refugee Day:

The Lord be with you. Let us pray. Holy God, on this day we recall that your Son, our Savior, was himself a refugee, escaping his homeland for safety in Egypt. As you guided and protected the Holy family on their sojourn, so accompany all who have been forced to flee their homes in our time. Bless our efforts to welcome refugees to these shores and help us to celebrate the gifts of newcomers from many parts of the world who are resettled in our midst, through Jesus Christ our Lor, who gives us the Spirit of radical hospitality. Amen.