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The Rev. Wayne Meisel

Wayne Meisel: Where Leadership Thrives: Summer Camp and the Hope for the World

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)


As the world tilts towards chaos and we stare down global uncertainty, it is not the mighty armies that make that make me feel safe. Nor does the knowledge coming out of universities bring me peace. Instead, I take solace in the fact that at this very moment, summer camps are preparing to open for business. 

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Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Serving the Neighborhood in Charged Times

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (ELCA)


These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop's column is likely to raise eyebrows.

Across this church I've heard stories of parishioners disturbed by the Gospel read on Sundays, believing the pastor chose the passage as a critique of the current administration. The Beatitudes seemed to provoke the most attention. In a way this is good-maybe we are all hearing Jesus' words with fresh ears. But really, the Beatitudes have been the appointed Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Epiphany (year A) for as long as we have been using the lectionary.

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Other Recent Day1 Blog Articles

Carl McColman Article

June 21, 2017

Carl McColman: Beyond the Green Beer: Getting to Know Saint Patrick

Carl McColman (other)

Patrick of Ireland may be a well-known saint, but that is thanks to the day that bears his name — March 17 — which for most people is more about green beer than anything else.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 19, 2017

ON Scripture: Christ and the Paris Climate Accord (Romans 6:1-11) By Rev. Dr. R. Scott Colglazier

ON Scripture: The Bible

Every now and then a Bible passage lends itself to radically diverse, if not contradictory, interpretations. I feel that way about our lection of Romans 6:1b-11. I am drawn to this passage because it appeals to my need for inner mystical experience. Paul imagines an inner relationship with Christ, that we are united with him in our baptism, and in fact we are so aligned with Christ that we share in the rhythm of his dying and rising. This means there is nothing outside the realm of the presence of Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

June 17, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: 5 Patterns that Erode the Ability of Leaders to Lead

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

It is not surprising that patterns in leadership emerge on the congregational level that are corrosive – corrosive to the ministries of pastors themselves and corrosive to the parishes that they are called to lead.
The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Article

June 16, 2017

Carol Howard Merritt: An enduring narrative

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)

We are called into liberation—a freedom that sees not our value as consumers but the dignity inherent in our humanity.
The Rev. Martin Copenhaver Article

June 15, 2017

Martin Copenhaver: Still Not Dead Again Today

The Rev. Martin Copenhaver (UCC)

In Willie Nelson's new album there is a song reflecting on his experience of reading on the internet that he had died the day before. He sounds downright chipper as he sings: "I woke up still not dead again today." Article

June 14, 2017

David Crumm: ‘Changing Our Mind’ and finding the courage to stand with vulnerable minorities

A June 1, 2017, report in The New York Times on the 'Scope of Hate' explored the collective impact of nearly 2,000 incidents of hate and bias in the U.S. in recent months. The next day, the Times reported again on the rise of roving groups of angry right-wing protesters that 'recruit battalions of mainly young white men for one-off confrontations.' While much of this fury swirls around President Trump’s actions toward Muslim and Latino minorities, millions of LGBTQ allies are on alert as well.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 12, 2017

ON Scripture: Compassion that Moves! (Matthew 9:35-10:8) By Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith

ON Scripture: The Bible

Compassion. I am not always sure Christians understand the full weight and work of its meaning. I remember growing up hearing the phrase 'moved to compassion' touted in church and family conversations. As my childhood experiences revealed, compassion is often described as a state of being or feeling in which something has occurred to move someone to feel sympathy, empathy, perhaps even pity for someone or something else.
The Rev. Anthony Robinson Article

June 11, 2017

Anthony Robinson: The Joy of Dependence

The Rev. Anthony Robinson (UCC)

Dependence is frowned upon in our society, while independence is seen as a good thing. I get that. It's good to be in charge of your own life and have the capacity to make decisions about it.