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Take a listen! IHNA on WUGA's Athens News Matters
IHNA was featured on the most recent edition of Athens News Matters! Click this link to listen to the show -  http://wuga.org/post/athens-news-matters-december-1-2017

Alexia Ridley
The show featured former guest Collisa Langford, Edward Bolen who is one of our founders and Senior Pastor at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, and our Executive Director, Davin Welter. The show is a moving and informative representation of our organization and give inspiration for why we do what we do. 

We are very grateful to Alexia Ridley, News Anchor at WUGA, for this opportunity.
Join us for Meals in the Middle

Former IHNA board member and Clarke Middle School principal, Tad MacMillan has invited IHNA to be the recipient of the Three Faiths Dinner which is the December Meals in the Middle event. 

Join us for from-scratch gourmet dinners as kids learn  valuable skills and proceeds benefit local charities! Each  dinner is cooked and served by students, staff and  volunteers from all four Clarke County middle schools.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
6:30 TO 8:00 PM
ATHENS CAREER ACADEMY
440 DEARING EXT.
ATHENS, GA 30606

$25 per person
Reservations required. To purchase, visit: www.mealsinthemiddle.brownpapertickets.com 

I am a fan of Richard Rohr, an American Franciscan friar. Last week, he had a meditation that I wanted to share. While it's perspective is from the Christian tradition, I think you can expand this message to include all faiths. 

"Hospitality is the practice that keeps the church from becoming a club, a members-only society. -Diana Butler Bass

Practical, practice-based Christianity has been avoided, denied, minimized, ignored, delayed, and sidelined for too many centuries, by too many Christians who were never told Christianity was anything more than a belonging or belief system. Now we know that there is no Methodist or Catholic way of loving. There is no Orthodox or Presbyterian way of living a simple and nonviolent life. There is no Lutheran or Evangelical way of showing mercy. There is no Baptist or Episcopalian way of visiting the imprisoned. If there is, we are invariably emphasizing the accidentals, which distract us from the very "marrow of the Gospel," as St. Francis called it. We have made this mistake for too long. We cannot keep avoiding what Jesus actually emphasized and mandated. In this most urgent time, "it is the very love of Christ that now urges us" (2 Corinthians  5:14).

Quaker pastor Philip Gulley superbly summarizes how we must rebuild spirituality from the bottom up in his book, If the Church Were Christian. Here I take the liberty of using my own words to restate his message, which offers a rather excellent description of Emerging Christianity:
  1. Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.
  2. Affirming people's potential is more important than reminding them of their brokenness.
  3. The work of reconciliation should be valued over making judgments.
  4. Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.
  5. Inviting questions is more valuable than supplying answers.
  6. Encouraging the personal search is more important than group uniformity.
  7. Meeting actual needs is more important than maintaining institutions.
  8. Peacemaking is more important than power.
  9. We should care more about love and less about sex.
  10. Life in this world is more important than the afterlife (eternity is God's work anyway)."

As the year draws to a close, please consider IHNA in your philanthropic plans.
Our mission of caring for children and their families who are experiencing homelessness is possible because of your generosity. We are grateful for your support and want you to know that it has a tremendous impact on the families that we serve. With your help, IHNA is helping to solve the poverty issue in Athens one family at a time.

To make a gift to IHNA, simple click here  http://www.ihnathens.org/donate-now.html or mail or drop off a check at: 393-1 W. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601. 

Thank you and happy holidays!

Davin
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, GA
393-1 West Hancock Ave

Davin Welter, Executive Director - director@ihnathens.org

Stacy Pardue, Assistant Director - assist.ihnathens@gmail.com

Regina Roth-Goldman, Service Director -

Email: director@ihnathens.org
Phone: 706-425-1881
Website: www.ihnathens.org


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