Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Salvation

Each of us should try to live in a way that will make the truth of Jesus’ saving love real to the people with whom, and among whom, we live.

-Br. David Allen, SSJE

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Belonging

Jesus creates a home with all the neighbors whom we exclude, those we awkwardly walk around and look down upon. We are one big family. We belong not because of our ability, agility, or pedigree but because of our humanity, our vulnerability, our need.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Channel

Christ will use you in ways beyond which you could ask or imagine. You will re-present Christ to this world: your sheer presence, your words, your touch, your actions. Channel Jesus’ power, and light, and life, and love. Channel it generously; don’t hoard it; and don’t worry.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Labels

When we label others, we stop seeing them as they are. We see them only as we are determined to see them, as we have decided that they must be. It’s important, then, to ask ourselves: Can I set aside my labels and take a fresh look?

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Wisdom

The world’s standards of what is wise are usually at odds with the wisdom that will align us most squarely with the kingdom of heaven.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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Iconoclast

We honour and acknowledge Jesus for many things: as teacher, as preacher, as healer, as Messiah, as Lord, as Son of God. And in the gospel we see him, even if at first reluctantly, as breaker of rules. Jesus goes where he shouldn’t, and does what he mustn’t, and shows us that God can be found even where we think God isn’t, or can’t, or won’t possibly be.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Mercy

What may, on first glance, seem to us a stain on another, is probably not a stain but a scar – which they wear heroically. Everyone has a story. If their story is a mess, we can be sure that someone taught them this story. If our reaction to someone is rejection or condemnation, we probably don’t know enough about them. If we did, we would also find mercy in our hearts for them.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Speak

Jesus rises up and rebukes the winds and they cease at the sound of his voice. We may not have the power to calm waves and storms, but there is power in our speech, and speaking boldly to our fears can help us overcome them.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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