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Alline Beutler
Site Manager, JFON MI Traverse City

Randie Clawson CLM
NWD Peace with Justice Coordinator

Peace With Justice Ministry Team Reports

Click for the April 2020 PWJ Ministry Team Report,  HERE . Click on one of the following for older reports:
March 2020, PWJ Ministry Team Report.
February 2020, PWJ Ministry Team Report.
January 2020, PWJ Ministry Team Report.
December 2019, PWJ Ministry Team Report.
November 2019, PWJ Ministry Team Report.
October 2019, PWJ Ministry Team Report.


Of Special Interest

Peace and Justice Advocate Training
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Changed from the GT Resort to a virtual setting via ZOOM.
Click  HERE  for the information flyer.


Litany of the Lord's Prayer
Submitted by Laurie McKiven-Copus,
PWJ Ministry Team Member
Author Unknown

 I cannot say …”Our”
If my religion has no room for other people and their needs.

I cannot say…”Father”
If I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.

I cannot say…”Who art in Heaven”
If all my interests and pursuits are earthly things.

I cannot say…”Hallowed be thy name”
If I who am called by His name am not holy.

I cannot say…”Thy kingdom come”
If I am unwilling to give up my sovereignty and accept the reign of God.

I cannot say…”Thy will be done”
If I am unwilling or resentful of having Him in my life.

I cannot say…”On earth as it is in Heaven
Unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service here and now.

I cannot say…”Give us this day our daily bread”
Without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the needs of my fellow men.

I cannot say…”Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”
If I continue to harbor a grudge against anyone.

I cannot say…”Lead us not into temptation”
If I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.

I cannot say…”Deliver us from evil”
If I am not prepared to fight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.

I cannot say…”Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory”
If I do not give disciplined obedience, if I fear what neighbors and friends may say or do, if I seek my own glory first.

I cannot say…”Amen”
Unless I can honestly say also, “Cost what it may, this is my prayer!”


A Book Suggestion by Laurie McKiven-Copus, PWJ Ministry Team Member

“Don’t go right, don’t go left; go deeper.” That is the theme of Jim Wallis’ new book, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus (New York: HarperCollins 2019). 

Wallis’ premise is that our culture and our Christian faith are in crisis because Christians have fallen away from Jesus’ teachings. (“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46). Wallis selects eight central messages of Jesus and devotes a chapter to each: Who is my neighbor, being made in God’s image, the Truth that sets us free, servant leadership, living fearlessly, rendering to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s, making peace, and Christian responsibility to “the least of these”. In each chapter he outlines a crisis, presents Jesus’ teachings that relate to the crisis, and suggests pertinent ways that Christians can obey Jesus’ teachings.

I found this to be a helpful, hopeful book: an inspiration for world-weary Christians to “trust the light of Christ, join the light of Christ, and take the light of Jesus into the world.”

Laurie McKinven-Copus January 25, 2020

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