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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Contemplative Worship - 8:45
Traditional Worship - 10:00
Children's Church - 10:00
Fellowship Time - 11:00
Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann
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They Say We Are Infidels
Thursday August 24 , 2016
It has been a while since I’ve done any book reviews or made any recommendations, so I would like to rectify that by sharing a book I read this past week entitled, “They Say We Are Infidels” by Mindy Belz. I found this to be an interesting read and fascinating storyline. In her book, Belz narrates in a very unbiased manner her interactions with Christians in Iraq and Syria over the past fifteen to sixteen years as an assigned journalist. Over the course of her text she share what this specific group of people have encountered in the wake of the Iraqi War, and now face with the subsequent rise of ISIS. In very personal ways, she tells how they have left their home and belongings, not once, but multiple times in order to escape death. Homes that their families have owned and maintained for centuries. Homes that they would love to return to, but can’t. This book reveals the story of bonds broken and new ones formed in the midst of uncertainty and violence. It also made me question the “hows” and “whys”, not merely for our country’s initial entry into that land, but our exit as well.
Our church has been a strong supporter of the refugee situation this conflict has created and we have been especially sensitized to the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in the region who represent traditions dating as far back as the 1st Century C.E. and the first disciples. People who are now targeted and persecuted because of their faith. Belz’s telling of their story goes beyond what we hear on the news, raising up this hidden and forgotten segment of our Worldwide Family Community who are struggling to survive.
I recommend this book, not just that we might grow in our understanding of this conflict and it’s continuing destruction of families, people, and a culture, but also as a means of increasing our empathy for, and commitment to our brothers and sisters in this part of the world who continue to need our voice of concern and support. Individuals and families who are leaving their home countries, not because they want to, but because they want the same things we all want — a safe place to live. Many of whom want nothing more than to someday go back!
So, enjoy “They say we are Infidels” — it’s worth the time to read.
Rev. Keith A. Haemmelmann