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I and Thou

Stained glass panel in the nave of St. John's Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales (NSW). This window depicts Jesus Christ welcoming children and teaching "of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14). The inscription on this memorial window reads "To the Glory of God and in Commemoration of all the Baptisms in this Church † Erected John the Baptist Day 1932".

Jesus was clear about how we should relate to “non-persons,” “non-entities,” “no-bodies,” and “its” in order find Him and our place in the kin-dom of God, calling us to change our perspective, and through that change in perspective, to change our values to align with the kin-dom’s value.

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Independence as Interdependence

Red sparks in a large, round arrangement from a fireworks display

“Independent” is a word with almost universally positive connotations. There are many good reasons this holiday is so important. But, Jesus suggests that a culture of individualism and self-reliance can, when left unrestrained, turn into a deep and dangerous mistrust of others. In fact both the Book of Deuteronomy and the gospel insist that interdependence and mutual concern are the foundations of the kind of human community God intends and Jesus sought to establish through his life and teaching; and even more so through his death and resurrection.

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