Archives for July 2017

Living out “Loving your neighbor” every day – by Kristen Ruscio

WWJD?? Do you all remember when the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” became very popular among Christian youth in the 1990s? The idea of wearing a bracelet as a reminder to oneself and to others to practice the love of Jesus in our daily lives became a world-wide practice. I find myself believing this type of public act of demonstrating Jesus’s love to be of particular importance in our current political climate. On any given day I can overhear a conversation with “the liberals this” or “the conservatives that”; “the republicans are to blame” or “the democrats are to blame”; “Obama should have done more” or “Trump should be doing more.” Much like Don talked about in last month’s Tartan, I notice we all have a tendency to jump into the conversation, mostly by trying to get our side across, telling the person why our view is right and their belief is wrong, and this spans many topics beyond politics.

As a clinical psychologist, I am fascinated by and study human behavior and the development of beliefs. For all of us, our beliefs are influenced by a plethora of factors: how we were raised, our religious background, specific life experiences, different forms of education, etc. What makes my experiences better or worse than anyone else’s, more right or more wrong than anyone else’s? Thankfully we don’t all need to spend years studying psychology to understand this because Jesus gives us this message over and over throughout the bible. Jesus tells his disciples that the second great commandment is ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:39). I believe taking some time to be silent, as Don mentioned last month, and to listen to the ‘why’ behind someone’s views, can be the type of public acts that demonstrate our belief in the second great commandment.

Over the next month I challenge each of us to reach out to our version of the tax collector or of the sinful woman and try to listen for the ‘why’ behind their beliefs. Maybe it’s someone with a different religious faith than our own, different gender-identity, ethnicity, or race. Maybe it’s someone with seemingly opposite political views, or that one person at work who gets under our skin. Consider how we can use silence to learn and better understand ALL of our neighbors. WWJD?

From Kristen’s article
in the July/August Tartan

Summer Bible Study continues August 13: Women in the Bible

When you think of courageous leaders in the Bible, who comes to mind? Deborah, who led Israel to victory over the Canaanites, or Jael whose actions brought an end to 20 years of oppression? What about Ruth? and Rahab? Did you know that their names appear in the genealogy of Jesus?

Join facilitator Pam Tinsley and the Daughters of the King this summer as we explore in two sessions, “Women of Courage” and “Women Whose Names Appear in the Genealogy of Jesus.” We will hear about their stories of faith and talk about how their stories – and lives – are relevant to ours today.

The Daughters of the King will offer this study on Sunday, July 23 and Sunday, August 13 from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Georgie Chapel.

We will be reading excerpts from the book Women of the Bible to introduce us to these remarkable women. This book is available for less than $10. For information regarding its pur- chase, please contact April Wallace or Pam Tinsley.

Vestry chooses Columbarium artist

When our columbarium was renovated in the course of installing our new elevator, a wall and special lighting was designed for a piece of art to be commissioned to enhance this special space. Last December, Fr. Martin appointed a Columbarium Art Committee (Margo Fleshman – chair, Bill Howe, Virginia Rothenberg, Linda Brice, Martin Yabroff). After an invitation to area artists to submit proposals, the committee reviewed the work and proposals of 6 artists for an art installation, interviewed two in person, and chose one artist. After receiving the endorsement of the Columbarium and Memorial Committees, the Committee presented their recommendations to the Vestry.

In June, the Vestry approved the selection of Jean Tudor for this project and approved a budget of up to $7500. Members and friends of St. Andrew’s will be given an opportunity to contribute towards this art project. Funds from the Memorial Fund are also available.

The chosen artist is Jean Tudor, a nationally known enamellist, and the sister of Peggy Nelson and Don Cameron, whose parents are in the Columbarium. The committee was unanimous in its decision and is looking forward to working with Jean in the coming months.

Adapted from the Tartan article by Margo Fleshman