All That Sustains Us and Hope
To view a complimentary copy of The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF); Volume 25; Edition 2; April, May and June 2014, please go to the link below. You will also be able to access earlier editions of the ARK at this same link: 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 April-June
The PDF format of The ARK, a publication of the American Association of Interchurch Families (AAIF); Volume 25; Edition 2; April, May and June 2014 may be found at this link also: The ARK, a publication of the AAIF April, May and June 2014; Volume 25; Edition 2
AAIF is an official affiliate of the Interchurch Families International Network – IFIN
The theme that this edition begins to explore is All That Sustains Us and Hope
Topics that will serve to support this general topic that may be found in this edition of the ARK:
~ Pastoral Care Needs for the Family as of 2014 – Based Upon the building block concept of the need for having “ A Profound Connection Between Two People.”
~ Pastoral care of the family: Will Interchurch Families’ needs be considered by our churches and by the Vatican as they study the needs of the family in 2014?
~ When ‘The Promise’ is a Problem’ by William P. McDonald
~ Hope Comes From Inspiring and Dedicated People ( Who Have Been Guided by God); inspiring quotes for all of us by famous Americans
~ Marcus Borg Examines What It Means To Be Christian; The Implications for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists: The Questions by M.J. Glauber
~ The Recognition of Something Greater than the Self; This is the Hope We All Seek Hope and Faith; Some Short Quotes Filled With Great Inspiration
~ What is Your Experience of God? A Discussion by M.J. Glauber of the Blog “Spiritual Stuff” written by Father Terrence P. Ryan, CSP
~ How do we Raise Children in Inter-Church or Interreligious Families? by Daniel Olsen
~ ”God Is Calling Us to Follow” by Barbara Brown Taylor with Implications for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists by M.J. Glauber
~ Our Town, Our American Life Examined, Thornton Wilder’s play discussed with questions inspired from the play for all of us by M.J. Glauber
~ Getting Lost in Our Lives and Discovering the Meaning of Christ’s Resurrection in a Personal Way with implications for interchurch families and ecumenists by M.J. Glauber
~ Marriage Moments: by Saint James Roman Catholic Church, Louisville, KY
~ Is Having A Goal To Achieve Christian Unity Enough? What Will Christian Unity Look Like When It Is Finally Achieved? A discussion of the implications of the Ecumenical Council of 1439 in Florence, Italy for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists in 2014 (with links and titles for doing further research on related topics)
~ A Dictionary Definition for Prophecy, with questions by M.J. Glauber
~ Practical Tips for Actions That May Help to Sustain Our Lives; and Give Us Hope; Input from Dr. Dale Atkins with Implications for Interchurch Families and Ecumenists with two Bible Verses that show that it is God’s love for us that sustains us.
~ Many Thanks to everyone who made this edition of the ARK possible.
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.