Letter from the editor

As a student in the Comparative Religion program at the University of Washington, I was one of ten students in my cohort and the only one who did not practice the religion I studied (Islam). While my fellow students were not raised in these traditions, at some point they made the decision to convert and become Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, and Taoist, among others.

I often wondered what caused their conversion. Answers ranged from purpose, to morality, to the environment, and in one case, to being accepted by her husband’s family. I understand the interest in studying these religions more closely. Perhaps you will reach enlightenment, or you will “catch up” to those who have been part of the religious tradition their whole life. (more…)

Call for articles

We recognize that BelPres is full of many inspiring stories that detail God’s work and presence throughout the congregation. While we sometimes hear of these stories, most of the time they go unrecognized. We would like to extend an invitation to submit articles (300-600 words) to the Messenger.

Guidelines for Articles:

The Messenger is a publication provided by Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Full of inspiring true to life stories of people’s walk with Christ, their struggles and triumphs, in order to help lift one another up in Christ.

To submit your piece for consideration, please email Katie McRoberts at KMcRoberts@belpres.org.

Letter from the Editor

When asked, most people I know tell me they observe Lent for two reasons: first, it is socially expected in their circles, and second, it is a chance to give up a bad habit for a maintainable length of time, although if they are anything like me, these habits are almost certainly reintroduced at some point.

The trouble is, God is not only concerned with what we do not do. It is what we do do that also matters. I have not always appreciated this idea, but Ephesians 4:17-32 recently fell into my lap and as I mused on this passage, I came to the realization that giving something up is not why Christians observe Lent. (more…)

1 Great Hour of Sharing: A Lenten Practice, An Invitation

“Three million refugees is not just another statistic. It is a searing indictment of our collective failure to end the war in Syria.”

In August 2014, the actress Angelina Jolie made this statement about the crisis in Syria in her role as UNHCR Special Envoy (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). On February 4, 2015, Amnesty International published statistics showing the refugee population to be nearly four million people, with half the refugees being children. The statement made by Jolie found its way into the consciousness of the American public and is now finding its way to us at BelPres. (more…)