The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF); Volume 25; Edition 1; January, February and March 2014

The AAIF 2010 Biennial Conference at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin; photo by Dave Natella

The AAIF 2010 Biennial Conference at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin; photo by Dave Natella

Our need for more collaboration

“Interchurch Families as Domestic Churches                                                        Highlight the Need for More Collaboration in Society”

The Cloisters in New York City; photo by M.J. Glauber

The Cloisters in New York City; photo by M.J. Glauber ©

This is a link to a complimentary copy of The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF); Volume 25; Edition 1; January, February and March 2014 which  can be accessed at the following link without having to download the document to be able to read it:
http://interchurchfamilies.org/aaif/ARK201401Volume25Edition1.pdf

If the link above brings you to a 2009 edition of the ARK, please go to  http://www.interchurchfamilies.org/
~  Select “Other Publications”  at the top of the opening page                                                        ~  Then scroll down to find the ARK (USA)                                                                                 ~  Select 2014     ~  Then select The ARK , a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families: January, February and March 2014; Volume 25; Edition 1

Earlier editions of the ARK may also be found at http://www.interchurchfamilies.org/
Select “Other Publications” ~ Then scroll down to find the ARK(USA)

You also may find a PDF version at this link: The ARK, a Publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families; Volume 25; Edition 1; January, February and March 2014

In this edition of The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families, we will continue to explore: Interchurch Families: “Listen with the ear of your heart.”

AAIF is an official affiliate of the Interchurch Families International Network – IFIN

The theme that will be further explored in this edition pertains to our need for more collaboration through “Interchurch Families as Domestic Churches Highlight the Need for More Collaboration in Society”

Other topics that will serve to support the need for more collaboration in society include:

        • Finding God’s Holy Spirit in the 21st. Century;
        • A Relevant Link for Interchurch Families and Our Domestic Churches;
        • A Prayer for the Faithful That Highlights Life in the USA at the Beginning of 2014;
        • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; Theme for 2014: Has Christ been divided? (1 Cor 1:1-17) to be explored throughout 2014,
        • and Being and Becoming Church: The Spirit-Filled Genesis Bible study 4; by Hyunju Bae with Implications for American Interchurch Families and Ecumenists.
  • In this edition, we will clarify what “Interchurch Families” may be, as discussed by Ray Temmerman with a link to his web page.
  • Opportunities that exist and the real choices that face Interchurch Couples will be highlighted.
  • The choices that face Interchurch couples affect ecumenical efforts and even the possibility as to whether they can actually become Ecumenical Couples will be discussed by M.J. Glauber
  • Upon the Celebration of Our Fortieth Wedding Anniversary; Some Reflections, Some Observations: by M.J. Glauber
  • The Vatican – A Valued Source of Encouragement for Interchurch Families With Implications for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists by M.J. Glauber (Links are included)
  • Wendell Berry Receives Marty Award with Reflections upon hearing Wendell Berry speak at AAR/SBL: November 2013 by April Yamasaki with implications for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists by M.J. Glauber

Please share this edition of the ARK:
With others you may know who are in Interchurch Families,

With couples who may be considering entering into an Interchurch Marriage,

With the extended families of Interchurch Families or Interchurch Couples who wish to find ways to be supportive,

With anyone who may be called upon to give pastoral care to interchurch families,

With anyone who may either teach or who may be doing research about interchurch families and/ or our role on the journey to Christian Unity “That all may be one” (John 17:21),

With anyone who ministers to families so that the possibility and potential that interchurch families hold for Christian Unity can be explored by way of remote preparation,

With Sunday school teachers or catechists who may consider the role of interchurch families and the role they play as lived examples of Christian Unity on our greater journey toward Christian Unity “That all may be one” (John 17:21),

With College Campus Ministers so that they may be able to discuss the possibility that 50% of all marriages in the United States have the potential to become “Interchurch Marriages” – Some of these marriages become church drop outs. Some find a neutral church. Some convert; the conversion rate seems to be 50-50 as to which rate the couple will move. The drop out rate seems to be high; this should be of concern to most denominations. It seems paramount then that some kind of positive input be given to the concept that being Interchurch is also positive for Christian Unity.

Many Blessings are extended to all, especially to those
who are sharing this journey with us, moving us all toward Christian Unity.

Mary Jane Glauber, Volunteer Servant Editor of the ARK

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