5K Fundraiser for Share LT

5K Fundraiser for Share LT

The Hindu Temple on German Church Road is seeking to reach out to the community and support various local organizations in an effort to be an outward-reaching neighbor in the community. They have chosen Share-LT to be one of the beneficiaries of their initial Temple Run 5K/1K at Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park on Sunday, July 22, at 8:30am. Those who do not wish to run may still opt to make a donation to the event which will raise funds for several local organizations including Share. Race info and registration is here: https://runsignup.com/Race/IN/Indianapolis/HTCITempleRun2018 General information regarding the temple is...
Musical Presentation

Musical Presentation

The Musical Directors from Northminster, Irvington, and Faith Presbyterian Churches will come together to do a musical presentation for your enjoyment. This presentation will offer vocal and instrumental music.   Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 Time: 11:00 a.m. Northminster Presbyterian Church 1660 Kessler Blvd. E Drive Indianapolis, IN 46220...
A Conversation with Rebecca Henry, Director of Share

A Conversation with Rebecca Henry, Director of Share

When you speak with Rebecca Henry, it is not difficult to experience the compassion and conviction she possesses to make a difference in the world. Rebecca Henry is the director of Share, a summer program for youth 12-18 years old. Since 2013, she formed a non-profit to support students of Lawrence Township. Responding to a call from God, Rebecca stepped out in faith to provide a space of nurture, care, and empowerment for a segment of youth who were in need of community and grace. Through her fierce determination and perseverance, in collaborations with other congregations in the community, Rebecca has created a summer youth program that provides space for youth 12-18 years old to be physically engaged, educationally enriched, and sacred for community building. As pastor Charlotte Lohrenz and I walked into to speak with Rebecca at Castleton United Methodist Church, we witnessed a staff member from the Peace Learning Center speaking to students of Share about economic justice. These students were learning about the difficulties of financial management when living on minimum wage and what issues might occur that would challenge one’s ability to meet certain budget obligations. They were being asked to make financial choices based on a fixed income. How might one choose to spend money between getting medication for an illness or paying a bill for electricity? What would a student choose if the choice were between buying food to eat and getting gas to go to work? It was clear to me that Share was providing a safe place for students where they were challenged and nurtured to be their best selves. Rebecca...
PJ’s Sunday Blessing

PJ’s Sunday Blessing

It is a beautiful morning in Fishers, Indiana! The Sun is brightly shining in the sky and the Son is brightly shinning in our hearts as we prepare to worship our loving God. Today at Faith Presbyterian we tackle the difficult subject of hate. Why do some people find it so easy to dislike (or even hate) someone who is different from themselves? As Christians we remember when Jesus told us to Love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Jesus didn’t say this was an option, he said it was a commandment. Pray today that all can hear and understand that commandment. Think of what a wonderful world it would be if we all did! See you in church. PJ...

Violence breeds violence.  It’s a pattern described in scripture, recorded in the history of most cultures.  It’s what is experienced in our own time.  Revenge leads to revenge.  Retaliation produces retaliation. On and on and on and on. While it is undeniable that people of faith – including Christians – have committed terrible acts of violence in the name of God, there is a post-modern assumption that religion itself promotes violence.  We hear it so often from secularists that we almost fall for this straw dog. In fact, statistically, there is no evidence that faith – of any sort – is the genesis of most violence, including genocide and war. Sometimes the scriptures have been so routinely misinterpreted that we hear “violence” when there was no or at least less.  “Spare the rod and spoil the child” (Proverbs 13:24) has been routinely used to condone violence against children, ignoring that the proverb refers to the rod of the shepherd who – of course – would not use beat his sheep.  When Jesus says “you have heard it said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” he isn’t referencing a passage that initially advocated retaliation.  The passages he mentions are in Leviticus and Deuteronomy and actually encouraged the practice of proportional justice.  (Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21). That is, the punishment should fit the crime not be greater than the crime.  Yet, Jesus is going father and putting aside that guidance in favor of meeting violence, cruelty or hatred with love. But it is undeniable that in Hebrew scriptures, God prescribes the death penalty in some instances (e.g....