• Care for Creation

    Living in the beautiful Sarka Valley, it’s nearly impossible not to be reminded of the beauty of our Creator’s work, and also not to think about our part in sustaining and developing that beauty by becoming co-creators. As you know, we’ve tried to do it in a variety of ways – not only by offering courses on Creation Care/Church and Environment, but also by incorporating it in our worship life and community activities. One of them has been our annual Environment Month – and the last one has just ended. So at its end, and before the Advent Season begins, here are some pictures, especially for those of you who…

  • Enjoying the simplicity of Herrnhut

    I recently visited Herrnhut in eastern Saxony, home to the world-wide Moravian Church. This church, earlier known as the Unitas Fratrum (Unity of the Brethren) places its anticedents in the proto-reformation concerns of Jan Hus in 14th century Bohemia. After the martyrdom of Hus by the Catholic authorities at the Council of Constance, the Unitas Fratrum came into being to continue his reforming concerns of sharing the eucharist in both kinds, the liturgy in the vernacular and a move away from priestly celibacy. Following the Battle of Bila Hora in 1620 (see earlier post), the suppression of such protestant groups continued by the Catholic Emperor and King of Bohemia. In…

  • People on the journey

    That’s what we’re supposed to be as disciples of Jesus, and most of the time we consent to it mentally. Or sing about it: “We’re a travelling, wandering race, we’re the people of God” Loving the world just as God does, but never too set to ignore a fresh call of God, and a fresh task. Our real convictions about being a travelling race, however, come to test when the idea of a significant move becomes more than a theological idea. As you know, that’s exactly what is happening with IBTS at the moment: leaving, very reluctantly, our wonderful ‘castle’ and starting life in a very different setting in West…