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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:23 PM

Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. We have room for just a few in each column, and so we will publish in a rotation. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you are a faith leader and would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a new column from local faith leaders

Author: Courtesy Stan Latton

How should faith fit into society? 

 

The Very Reverend Trudy Erquiaga, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

[email protected], 775-423-3551

Morning Prayer services every Sunday at 9:30am via Zoom

Breathe in ‘faith’, breathe out ‘fear’…

Faith inspires, fear stifles. Faith in God who created us, redeems us, and most definitely loves us motivates us through the many changes and challenges in life. God’s faith in us empowers us to act out God’s love, not only amongst those closest to us, but for all of society. We share our faith not only in words, but in our behavior, by seeking God’s presence and pointing out God’s goodness even in fearful situations.

Breathe ‘in’ faith, breathe ‘out’ fear.

 

Rev Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

www.epworthfallon.org, 775-423-4714

Worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am & 11:00am, sermon at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV Radio AM980

One of my favorite quotes is from a 13th century Italian preacher named Francis of Assisi, who had become disgusted by war and wealth in his rich family. After time as a prisoner of war, and in the midst of violent confrontations with his father, Francis gave up everything to dedicate his life to God, to simplicity, and to care for all of the people and creatures that surrounded him. He is famous for his love of birds and animals, especially, and for his incredible generosity. The quote is, “Preach the Gospel always. Use words only when necessary.” To me, that is faith’s place in society: everything we do – the way we act, speak, think, lead, follow, work, play, resist, affirm, vote – should communicate the love of God and one another.

 

Pastor Brennen Behimer, Parkside Bible Fellowship

www.parksidebible.com, 775-423-3855

On-site worship services Sunday mornings at 8:30am and 10:15am

“Never talk about religion or politics!” It’s a basic tenet of polite society. Unfortunately, obeying that dictum has resulted in a society seemingly unable to talk about either without vitriol. Everyone has a faith -- a belief about how we came to be, why we exist, and what is ultimately true. Many such beliefs are false, of course, but our culture has relegated faith claims to a category of personal preference that we believe cannot be challenged. For the good of society, we must be able to discuss openly, constructively, and critically the truth or falsehood of various faith claims.

 

Bishop Jacob Sommer, Fallon Second Ward

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, www.churchofjesuschrist.org

While much hope remains, many of us lament a perceptible shift toward a selfish and directionless social paradigm. When society proceeds without principle, erelong we will be without civilization and past feeling. In Proverbs, we read, “For the commandment is a lamp” (Prov. 6:23). Without the lamp’s perspective, gross distortion results in a devastating moral inversion which threatens home and family. Religious faith is the keystone to a strong and vibrant society. The flame of religious faith must burn brightly as a light in the marketplace of social ideology. If that flame is darkened a society loses its capacity to distinguish between right and wrong.

 

 

 

 

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