Several years ago there were four Orthodox Jewish students who sued Yale University. They sued because the university had a policy that required all freshmen and sophomores to live in the campus dorms. But the thing was that in some of the dorms, men and women shared not only the same floor, but the same bathrooms. So those Orthodox students argued that living in that kind of environment went against their religious beliefs. They realized that spending years in that kind of a setting could have negative influences on them, and they did not want to run that risk.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.