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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

October 25, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Lord of Liberation

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel (UCC)

Liberation Theology is a lens through which God is understood and related to as the Divine Being who sets us free from the sins of every kind of oppression. This understanding of God is especially vital to persons who have historically and systemically experienced bondage… even bondage that has been sanctioned by the church.
The Rev. Rob Lee Article

October 23, 2017

Rob Lee: 'Building a Bridge': An interview with Father James Martin

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)

He might be the most famous Catholic priest in the country. Father James Martin, SJ has sat down with me before and I consider him to be a light in this world. But this past year he, like me, has faced controversy. He wrote a book titled: 'Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.'
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath Article

October 22, 2017

Emily C. Heath: Humble

The Rev. Emily Heath (UCC)

Humility gets a bad rap. We think it's the same thing as humiliation, or self-degradation. But that's not true humility. True humility is not about putting yourself down, but rather about realizing that the people who surround you are no less special than you.
Day1 Article

October 20, 2017

Brad S. Gregory - Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World - EXCERPT

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An excerpt from Brad S. Gregory's new book, "Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World"
The Rev. Susan Sparks Article

October 18, 2017

Susan Sparks: We can find common ground, but only if we try

The Rev. Susan Sparks (ABCUSA)

Recently, I was in the Atlanta airport waiting on a flight and I noticed two groups of people standing off to the side of the boarding gate. The first was a Muslim woman in full burka with three children between the ages of 3 and 5. The kids, also in traditional clothing, were nestled on the floor watching a video. Next to them was a white woman with a little boy, also about 5. She occasionally eyed the woman in the burka with suspicion.
United Methodist Church Article

October 16, 2017

Scott Gilpin: How to respond in a crisis: Do something!

United Methodist Church (UMC)

The recent shootings in the United States and the massacre of innocents around the world are shocking. The root causes behind these tragedies appear insurmountable. When confronted with such horrific scenes, our fear and outrage fill voids in our understanding, and our imaginations often don’t fill these voids with good thoughts. Terrorists, for instance, are counting on this very reaction from you and me.
The Rev. Talitha Arnold Article

October 15, 2017

Talitha Arnold: As Sure As the Hairs on Your Head

The Rev. Talitha Arnold (UCC)

Samson was at a dead end. He'd betrayed God, his people, and himself. Once the strongman of Israel who defeated the Philistines, now he was their slave, blinded and yoked to a millstone like an ox.
The Rev. Gordon Stewart Article

October 14, 2017

Gordon Stewart: When the news goes away

The Rev. Gordon Stewart (PCUSA)

Days away from internet access brings a calmer reflection. Being in touch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Out of touch with bad news brings relief to the body.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

October 12, 2017

Ben Pratt and James Truxell: As the voice of Doctor No echoes from Las Vegas, can we collectively respond with love?

ReadTheSpirit.com

How can we respond to the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, when the gunman’s dark motives remain such a mystery? There was no war cry from Stephen Paddock. No manifesto awaiting publication. No suicide video. No affiliation with an infamous group.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

October 11, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: God-given Weirdness

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

Much of the literature on the fundamentalist – modernist controversy of the 1920s and 30s is described as the struggle of fundamentalists against modernity — its science, its ways of thinking, approaches to Scripture, and, in particular, the theory of evolution. But what we don’t talk about very much is the way in which the desire not be thought of as fundamentalist has shaped mainline Protestantism.