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“Water is there,” Enrico Flamini, the former chief scientist of the Italian Space Agency who oversaw the research, said during a news conference.

“It is liquid, and it’s salty, and it’s in contact with rocks,” he added. “There are all the ingredients for thinking that life can be there, or can be maintained there if life once existed on Mars.”

You may have missed it, but there was big news from space recently. The New York Times reported a 12-mile-wide underground liquid pool was discovered, similar to those found underneath Greenland and Antarctica.

The work we do learning to welcome strangers may take on a whole new level of urgency!

Encounter God in the strangers, in what philosophers referred to as "the Other," is a foundational aspect of all major religious traditions. Ironically, it has been sorely neglected. There is a growing awareness in Christian circles of the opportunity to grow in our own tradition by seeking out encounters with those who are different, those who we experience as "strange". We are called to love our enemies and are not aware that the path towards loving our enemies begins with welcoming strangers - the unknown parts of ourselves which is a stranger to us, the unknown stranger in our midst, and the unknown stranger that is God. This path is well worn by Christian mystics. It is a path of learning to embrace the unknowable.

Eunice Wilson will be on the SoapBox this Sunday reporting on her recent travels (and encountering strangers) around the country. Mark Twain famously said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." Eunice will affirm this and more. I asked her a question, "Why Is travel good for the soul?" Don't miss it.

On the journey with you,

Sean

 
Daily Readings for Friday, August 10, 2018
Psalm 130; 2 Samuel 14:25-33; Galatians 6:1-10
OR Psalm 34:1-8; 2 Samuel 17:15-29; Galatians 6:1-10

three highlights

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Sundae Sunday!

Did you know we have an Instagram account where we post fun photos of our life together (and more)?

Click here to check out photos from our Sundae Sunday.

Aug. Sundays
Soapbox Sermons

This August will be our third year of offering opportunities for anyone to talk about an area of passion, to share a big idea, to tell a story, to reflect on a favorite Scripture passage, and even get on a soapbox about an issue worth considering.

Each Sunday will feature one or more people talking about everything from the #MeToo Movement to the spiritual value of travel to race relations. Joshua Lyons and Dick Ransom are lined up for the last two Sundays of August. If you're inspired, it's not too late to jump on the SoapBox yourself.

Come share your story. Come tell your truth. 

For more info: sean@fbnewton.org.

9/11 Concert with James Montgomery

Saturday, September 08, 2018 FBC will host James Montgomery and Friends for the annual tribute to Paige Hackel and all those who we lost on 9/11.  

A blues harmonica player, Montgomery has toured with Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band calls him "the John Mayall of New England". It will be another great night to introduce your friends to our corner.

We will pass on ticket info as it arrives.

Learn more James Montgomery here.

 
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