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Three Ways to Spread What’s Going On… – The Catholic Astronomer

A piece of interest – something I will be doing more of in the coming year

I got an email recently from someone who’d read an interview of mine… Hi Br. Guy, I just came across this 2017 article. Your quote, “More scientists who are church-goers need to make their science known to their parishioners”  is something that I have contemplated over the years but wasn’t really sure about how to exactly go about it, do you have any suggestions? Good question, actually. Here’s how I answered him:     Great to hear from you! And good on you, to call my bluff about me saying what “somebody else” should be doing! So here are some thoughts off the top of my head… Then I sent the following: 1. Read and spread the word about our two web sites, The Catholic Astronomer and our Faith and Science resource site. 2. Get involved with groups already in existence in your parish, such as the CCD classes the Knights of Columbus your local parish Mens’ club if one exists Once you … Continue reading →

Source: Three Ways to Spread What’s Going On… – The Catholic Astronomer

“The Nature of Power”

This will be on the back page of the Fishkill UMC bulletin for Sunday, November 18, 2018 (the 26th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B)

While I was at Truman State University, Charles McClain was named the new President.  As he was new to the community, I took it upon myself to invite him to dinner at the dormitory cafeteria one night.  I didn’t think he would accept the offer but, to my surprise and delight, he immediately did.

As we went to the cafeteria and through the serving line, everyone thought that he was my father and not the new President of the college.  Until that moment, the President of the college didn’t mingle with the staff or students.  It was the beginning of a cultural change that transformed a regional college into a national liberal arts institution.

This view of people in positions of power and prestige being separate and never interacting with those less powerful is apparent in the Scriptures as well.

Those in power, then and now, feel they are the chosen ones (chosen by themselves, not by God), and they are quite willing to let others know of this distinction.  They believe they speak the words of God and what they say is to be accepted without question.

But as much as they would have believed that Jesus came for them, Jesus came to minister to those without power or position.

Our acceptance of Christ as Savior does not give us power or prestige; it does not give us the right to decide who can enter Heaven.  It does mean that we show others who Christ was, is and will be, so that they can come to Christ.

~~Tony Mitchell

“The Armistice”

This will be on the back page of this Sunday’s November 11, 2018. 25th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B) bulletin at Fishkill UMC.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the  Armistice of World War I.  In the diary he kept during his service in France, my grandfather wrote, very simply,


November 11, 1918

A great day. The armistice was signed today. We were to resume our attack at 2 p.m. in case it was not signed. Slept in a German dugout last night.

Though he had a lot of pictures showing the consequences of war, with one exception, nothing my grandfather wrote told me how he felt about war. It was what he wrote on the front page of the diary that told me he saw war for what it was and what it could be.

If I should fall, will the finder of this take it on him or herself to see that it gets to my wife, Mrs. Walter L. Mitchell, 4150 A De Tonty Street, St. Louis, MO., USA? By doing so, they were conferring a favor upon Walter L. Mitchell, Captain, 34th US Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces, France.

My grandfather would retire as a Colonel in the Army and die at his home in St. Louis in 1955.

~~Tony Mitchell

“For All the Saints”

These are my thoughts for this coming Sunday (November 04, 2018, 24th Sunday after Pentecost (B)).  This is All Saints’ Sunday.

Through the efforts of my cousin, the Reverend Paul Schüessler, we can trace one branch of the family tree back to 18th century Germany.  We also know that my great-great-grandfather, John, and his twin brother, Nicholas, came to American in 1840 through New Orleans.  John would move up the Mississippi River and eventually settle in the St. Louis area.

We do not know why either John or Nicholas sought to come to America.  Others left for economic reason, others left to seek political freedom and others sought religious freedom.  Whatever the reason, we do know that it was their faith that sustained them through this journey.

If there is a hallmark for being a saint, it is the role of faith in their lives.  No matter whether the journey is through time or through space, it is their faith that has sustained them.  It is their faith that we remember, it is how they shared their faith that strengthens and sustains us.

You need not be someone’s family member to be a saint; all that is asked of you is that you share your faith in such a way that helps others on their own journeys.

~~ Tony Mitchell

“The Lessons of Wittenberg”

Here are my thoughts for this coming Sunday, October 28, 2018 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year B).

Today is Reformation Sunday.  It is the Sunday nearest to October 31st, the date when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg.

One outcome of this event was to transform a hierarchical church structure into a more direct relationship between humankind and God.  Martin Luther’s protest was that we, as individuals, can meet with God directly and that our fate, as it were, was not dependent of someone else.  Throughout the Book of Job, Job has desired to meet with God and discuss what is happening.  Job understands that God is, to borrow a phrase, an awesome God, awesome beyond imagination.  In today’s Gospel reading, the healing of the blind man also illustrates the direct connection between God and mankind.  This is illustrated by the fact that Jesus did not have the blind man go to the authorities after he was healed.

I sometimes think that we have forgotten the lessons of Wittenberg and the freedom we gained that day.  Our faith is found in what we do, not what others do for us.  When we accept Christ as our personal savior, we find our freedom.                                              ~Tony Mitchell

Monthly Clergy Letter Project Newsletter

The new issue of Clergy Project Newsletter is now available on-line.  

In this Clergy Letter Project update, you’ll find the following six items:

  1. Evolution Weekend and a Free Book Offer;
  2. Astrobiology News for October 2018:  Astro-Biology and -Ethics and -Theology, Oh My!;
  3. Opposing Creationism in Arizona;
  4. Easing the Tensions between Religion and Science;
  5. An Update on Our Growing Membership Numbers; and
  6. Religion and the Scientific Method.