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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.
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath Article

June 10, 2017

Emily C. Heath: Chosen Family

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

I believe in the idea of chosen family. That's no slight to my family of origin, whom I love dearly. But I love the idea that my family is made even larger by the fact that there are people dear to my heart with whom I share no legally-binding connection.
Carl McColman Article

June 09, 2017

Carl McColman: Celtic Monks Observed Three Lents Each Year — Perhaps We Should Too

Carl McColman (other)

When we think of Celtic spirituality in our day, we might think of nature mysticism, or of poetry and storytelling, or even of a holistic spirituality that embodies the best of both paganism and Christianity. But what we often forget is how important monasteries were to the ancient Celts.
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel Article

June 08, 2017

Lillian Daniel: Don't Congratulate a Cat on its Landing

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

When I was a child, my mother would proudly tell people, 'Lillian is like a little cat. Whichever way you throw her, she always lands on her feet.'
The Rev. Wayne Meisel Article

June 07, 2017

Wayne Meisel: Reunion Reflections: Questions to Ask Classmates and Yourself When you Return to Campus

The Rev. Wayne Meisel (PCUSA)

School reunions are often held in the summer. The thought of reunions invokes a certain curiosity; for others panic. What are classmates up to? Who has kept their youthful looks? Their youthful spirit? Will your spouse/partner join you? The decision can cause so much stress that it is often one of the questions I ask when administering pre-marital counseling.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

June 05, 2017

ON Scripture: How to Love Power (Matthew 28:16-20) By Eric D. Barreto

ON Scripture: The Bible

American politics have always been a struggle among the powerful. First, it was white male landowners who determined the way, their owning of lands and peoples not just symbols of their powers but validations of it too. But slowly—far too slowly—and unevenly—far too unevenly—the promise (if not the full realities) of democratic power has been shared and expanded first to white women and then to African Americans.