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Displaying all posts by Lori Wilson.
Announcing a generous grant from Templeton Religion Trust
April 1, 2015 | Lori Wilson
Announcing a generous grant from Templeton Religion Trust
We are pleased to announce that The Colossian Forum has received a grant from Templeton Religion Trust in support of our work to link the creative resources of the academy to the discipleship needs of the church. This project aims to reconnect the practices of scholarship with the practices of Christian discipleship, reforming the Christian moral and intellectual imagination by cultivating communities of virtue. Over the lifetime of the grant, TCF will explore how the academy’s creative and intellectual resources might be reconnected to the spiritually formative practices of the church’s worship and discipleship. We will draw on our established relationships with a network of Christian academic institutions and scholars to develop sound curricula, effective training, and supportive relationships between the academy and the church. Our goal is to equip Christians in all walks of life to engage divisive issues at the intersection of faith and science as adaptive, morally formative challenges, rekindling a distinctively Christian moral and intellectual imagination.  
TCF receives generous grant from Equitas Group
March 10, 2015 | Lori Wilson
TCF receives generous grant from Equitas Group
We are pleased to announce that The Colossian Forum has just received a generous grant from the Equitas Group, whose mission is “Seeking justice for the vulnerable and oppressed as well as encouraging holistic and responsive thinking toward that end.” This grant will help underwrite a new curriculum series for churches, equipping Christians to engage potentially divisive conversations about sexuality in a way that fosters discipleship. This project will continue the work that was begun in the summer of 2014 at a TCF colloquium on the topic, also funded by Equitas.  
Prayer Letter, January 2015
January 7, 2015 | Lori Wilson
Prayer Letter, January 2015
  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:15 Dear Friend, Happy New Year! As we prepare for all that 2015 holds in store, I’m deeply grateful for John’s reminder of the profound hope that is ours. Even on those days when we feel like darkness may overpower us, we are invited to rest in the assurance that Christ’s light will prevail. As you know, my work at TCF frequently leads me into arenas of conflict and disagreement. Pride and selfishness flourish in the shadows, and darkness can cover over all manner of brokenness and sin. And yet, when we allow Christ’s light to shine into the dim corners of our lives, our very failures become opportunities for growth and transformation. I can testify that the darkness of conflict and discord will never prevail against the light of Christ's love. Throughout the coming year, we at TCF will be working with congregations as they invite Christ’s light into the “dark corners” of church conflict. This month, we’re continuing to meet with pastors, envisioning ways to equip congregations for this difficult, hopeful work. Please pray with me that the power of Christ’s light will be evident to all!  
You can transform the way we disagree!
December 31, 2014 | Lori Wilson
You can transform the way we disagree!
We're in this together. We know that the church doesn't always handle disagreement well, and together we feel the pain of division in the body of Christ. But we also know it doesn't have to be this way. If we trust in the God who holds us together, disagreements offer us the surprising opportunity to become more like Christ. Which is a pretty remarkable prospect! As 2014 comes to an end, please consider a year-end contribution to invest in the future of the church. Together we can create a church that is charitable, thoughtful, and able to engage tough problems - a church that knows even in disagreements, "all things hold together in Christ" (Colossians 1:17). Thank you for partnering with us in sharing Christ's love!  
Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2014 | Lori Wilson
Merry Christmas!
Here at TCF, we look forward all year to our Christmas open house. The treats are fabulous, of course, but what we most enjoy is the opportunity to spend time with friends. This year, while the kids kept themselves busy with hot cocoa and marshmallows, adults carried on conversations ranging from chaos theory to monasticism to arts in the church (and many, many more). A few discussions were intense, some were filled with laughter, but in one way or another, each reflected the remarkable gift of community that has built up around our work. Regardless of the topic, these folks have shown their commitment to faithful discipleship in the midst of conflict! One particularly memorable gift this year was the company of Alan Chambers and Tim Otto. They flew into town for two intense days of forums with local pastors, and then joined us for the open house as well. Alan and Tim have graciously shared their wisdom and experience with us throughout 2014, especially around issues of sexuality and Christian faithfulness. They both demonstrate an exemplary capacity to listen and foster conversation, building community for the sake of God’s kingdom. As guests at our party, they readily stepped into the role of hosts, warmly welcoming guests, joining us in extending hospitality. “Thank you” to all the friends who helped to make this evening such a joyous one! We’re deeply grateful for your partnership in our work, and we’re thrilled to celebrate together the coming of Christ, who holds all things together.  
Advent, Week 1: Hidden Hope
December 2, 2014 | Lori Wilson
Advent, Week 1: Hidden Hope
As we enter into the Advent season of the liturgical year, we invite you to participate with us in an intentional time of worship, celebrating Christ’s coming into the world through the following verse, reflection, prayer, and practice. Isaiah 11:1-3 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the lord. Reflection  - Henri Nouwen I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God’s saving power…Our temptation is to be distracted by them…When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence – the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends – I will always remain tempted to despair. The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream, and overwhelm us with its claims and promises. Prayer We welcome you, small child of Bethlehem, whose coming we await with quiet attention. Shield us from the shouts, the screams, the empty promises of the season, and encourage us to turn our hopes to your coming. We know that the promise is hidden in the stable in Bethlehem and rooted in the offspring of Jesse; let us look for our salvation there. Amen. Advent Practice Today, look for one small sign that God is present in your daily life. Give thanks for his presence, and if he is absent, resolve to find out why.   Adapted from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen.

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