The Rev. Chase Peeples is the minister of Country Club Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Kansas City, MO.
Chase is a graduate of Carson-Newman College and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA. After seminary, Chase spent three years pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University, but left his academic dreams behind in order to serve in the local church.
Ordained by the Alliance of Baptists and authorized as a minister in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Chase has served congregations in Tennessee, Virginia, New York, and Missouri. He also serves as adjunct instructor of religion at Missouri Western State University.
Do you know your neighbors? It's a question I've been thinking a lot about lately, because I don't know mine. I suspect a big reason I don't know the people living next door to me is that I'm too busy looking at my smart phone to notice them.
Our technology allows us to retreat into an artificial world where everyone thinks the same and shares the same beliefs. Our self-selected sources of news and friends on social media can give us a false sense of community. When we look up from our screens, however, to take note of the Black Lives Matter movement, the on-going fights over LGBTQ equality and the battle over immigration, we discover that we are a culture divided on many fronts. We are afraid of one another. Personally, I think it is much easier to go back to looking at my phone. That way I don't have to deal with anyone who will really challenge my worldview.Read full transcript...