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While in Chicago, Reflecting on the (Spiritual) Journey

February 27, 2011

Heard author Lauren Winner. (She is FANTASTIC!). Some notes:

How many of us are wondering what's going on?  Do we feel safe enough to acknowledge that?

To welcome the questions: how far does that go?

God's hiddenness.

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Tags: jane smiley, lauren winner, prayer

The President at the Prayer Breakfast

February 04, 2011, Christianity (85), Church (77), Faith & Politics (33), In the News (Nation, World) (80)

Posted by Wallace+

President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast are well worth a read (or a listen - see video below).

Let us pray for him and for all our elected leaders.

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Tags: prayer, president barack obama

Wallace+ Offers Prayer at MLK Day Vigil

January 21, 2011, In the News (Richmond) (74), Peace (18)

Posted by Kimberly Allen

Photos: Gun Safety Vigil at the State Capitol Richmond.com Slideshow by Sarath Nathan
MLK Day: Photostream on Flickr

On Monday, Wallace+ joined with other faith leaders from Richmond, youth from around the Commonwealth, and Virginia Tech families, to offer prayers in remembrance of all those hurt by gun violence.

In opening the vigil, Wallace+ prayed:

"Dear God, we thank you for this gathering, this day, in this place, on the grounds of our Capitol: to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and all those who have been injured by or lost their lives to gun violence. We remember their families as well; and all who still grieve and heal; as we pray for comfort, for relief, and for hope.

We also pray, Lord, that you would deepen and renew in us our commitment to bringing about a change in Virginia and, in turn, in America. May you give us the courage, and strength, and wisdom we need to persevere, and may you raise up others to join us. Lead us on, dear God, and bless our work, until we are delivered from the plague of gun violence that has lain over our land for so long, for far too long. 

With hope, in faith, and with determination, we pray, in the name of God, Amen."

Click here to read the full text of the other prayers and readings presented during the vigil.

Video: The Gun Debate

Part of the prayer offered by Wallace+ and other coverage from Monday is included in this Richmond Times-Dispatch video by Chris young. Vigil coverage begins one minute into the video.

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Tags: gun violence, mlk day, prayer

Christmas Gifts, Around the World

December 21, 2010, Equality (12), Faith & Politics (33), In the News (Nation, World) (80)

Posted by Wallace+

A few things in the current headlines that I am especially grateful for:

Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Wow! A major step forward in the name of justice. Comparable to the integration of the Armed Forces in 1948.

That the tensions on the Korean peninsula have, at least for now, relaxed. We pray for peace on earth.

That Pope Benedict is speaking more pointedly and, I would say, courageously, about the crisis in the Roman Catholic Church around the sexual abuse of minors. That he would ask the question of how it was that this was allowed to happen is very promising. Let us pray for him, for the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, and, of course, for those who have suffered abuse. Let us pray for healing, and for a new day.

As we say often, but not often enough: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

Amen, amen.

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Tags: christmas, lgbt, prayer

Word from Grace Street: The Power of Failure

December 01, 2010, Christianity (85), Food for the Soul (55), In the News (Nation, World) (80)

Posted by Kimberly Allen

In today's Word from Grace Street, Wallace+ writes:

In an op-ed over the weekend, "The Power of Failure," columnist William D. Cohan quotes Sam Wells, the Dean of Duke Chapel, hoping that students would "never be dazzled by their success...and not pretend success is everything or success makes you immortal. And, most of all, that you'll let your life begin the day you really, seriously fail, and [that you'll] let that day be the day you discover who you really are..."

Cohan writes, "There is enormous power in failure, especially when one learns from it."

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The power of failure. The gift of failure. The blessing of failure.

When it comes, are we willing to receive it?

Read the full message here.

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Tags: prayer, thanksgiving, word from grace street

Word from Grace Street: To Be Christian, To Give Thanks

November 24, 2010, Christianity (85)

Posted by Kimberly Allen

In today's Word from Grace Street, Wallace+ reflects on the Christian practice of Thanksgiving and shares the following thanksgiving from the Book of Common Prayer

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Click here to read the full message.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Pictured: Autumn beauty from stock.xchng.

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Tags: gratitude, prayer

Pray As You Go

August 20, 2010, Christianity (85), Church (77), Food for the Soul (55), History (23)

Jesuit Media Initiatives PodcastPosted by Wallace+

Our patron, St. Paul, taught us to "pray without ceasing." Or, to put it another way, he taught us to "pray as you go."

Recently I discovered the Jesuit podcast "Pray As You Go." I commend it to you, highly.

The Jesuit tradition, which originated in the Roman Catholic Church, is one of the great streams in the wide and beautiful river of Christian prayer and spirituality. It has been and continues to be very important to me.

Jesuit spirituality, based in the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, was also very important in shaping the life and ministry of Father Richard M. Benson, the founder of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE), the Episcopal monastic order, in whose monastery I retreat every year.

The Jesuit tradition is woven into, not only Roman Catholic life, but also Episcopal life, by way of SSJE, as well as through the influence of Jesuit practice and spirituality in the lives of countless Christians of all stripes.

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Tags: jesuit media initiative, podcast, prayer, society of st. john the evangelist, ssje

Hiroshima, 65 Years Later

August 09, 2010, Faith & Politics (33), In the News (Nation, World) (80), Peace (18)

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Posted by Wallace+

Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe wrote on Friday,

Moments before the atomic bomb was dropped, my mother's friend happened to seek shelter from the bright summer sunlight in the shadow of a sturdy brick wall, and she watched from there as two children who had been playing out in the open were vaporized in the blink of an eye. "I just felt outraged," she told my mother, weeping.

At Friday's ceremony, marking the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, for the first time, at such a ceremony, an American representative was present. I give thanks for his presence. I also give thanks for the witness and words spoken there in support of nuclear disarmament.

Let us pray for nuclear disarmament; for peace; and for an end to war.

There is, of course, no room in the Kingdom of God for nuclear weapons nor, indeed, for war itself.

As we pray so often, and as we'll keep praying: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

On earth. As it is in heaven.

On earth. As it is in heaven.

Amen, amen, amen.

Pictured: Hiroshima peace memorial from stock.xchng.

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Tags: hiroshima, prayer, war

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