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May 11, 2018

Kathy L. Gilbert: Addiction, Mother’s Day and God’s grace

United Methodist Church (UMC)

Around 4 a.m. I hear Eli start his day with a tiny, sharp roar. Emily’s feet are shuffling across the creaking hardwood floor on to the way to the brown leather recliner. 'Stop, Eli,' she says, I can hear the yawn in her voice. Either he does or I go back to sleep until around 5:30 a.m. when my alarm starts buzzing.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

May 07, 2018

David Crumm: David Finnegan-Hosey invites us to meet ‘Christ on the Psych Ward’

ReadTheSpirit.com

“Let me tell you a story.” Those are the first words in the Rev. David Finnegan-Hosey’s memoir, Christ on the Psych Ward, an inspiring book that should be read by anyone who cares about the future of congregational life in America. The personal narrative is David’s struggle to overcome his crisis with mental health. Along the way, he invites us to look at how churches can respond more appropriately to the millions of families facing these issues every year.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

May 01, 2018

David Crumm interviews Diana Butler Bass: Diana Butler Bass: Why should we feel Grateful?

ReadTheSpirit.com

Nearly everyone feels grateful—or so we’re told in a national study by Pew researchers that Diana Butler Bass describes in the opening pages of her new book, 'Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.' So, if you don’t feel grateful most of the time—do you find yourself feeling like a failure? Diana admits that’s how she feels sometimes—like 'a gratitude klutz.'
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

April 24, 2018

David Crumm: Rediscovering the Tree of World Religions with John Bellaimey

ReadTheSpirit.com

Meet John Bellaimey—a veteran educator at the prestigious Breck School, an independent preK-12 college preparatory school in Minnesota. Breck is known for producing more than its share of Merit Scholars and sending students to Ivy League schools. Bellaimey developed The Tree of World Religions to help students understand the religious foundations of our world’s diverse cultures and nations.
The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush Article

April 20, 2018

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: The Right to Privacy and Religious Communities

The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush (ABCUSA)

Facebook often reads like a prayer circle in religious communities.... Religious life happens in real time online on Facebook, as well as all other forms of social media. Which is why the absence of religious voices in the current ethical debate about how Facebook is using our information is all the more curious and troubling.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

April 17, 2018

David Crumm: Jon Sweeney on the remarkable life of Phyllis Tickle

ReadTheSpirit.com

Jon Sweeney’s fascinating new biography of Phyllis devotes two pages to a list of her books, but admits to readers that this is 'not a complete bibliography.' If someone eventually lists all of her publications, including manuscripts she edited plus her own ever-flowing river of journalism—the result would fill another book!
Dr. Diana Butler Bass Article

April 12, 2018

Diana Butler Bass: Choosing Gratitude as a Way of Life

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

A friend of mine recently went through a painful personal crisis. At first, it seemed to be the result of a breakup. Then it went deeper, as he realized that he did not understand the meaning or purpose of his own life. He was both anxious and depressed. 'I think,' he confessed, 'that I’m really having a spiritual crisis.'
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

April 09, 2018

David Crumm: Stanley Hauerwas on The Character of Virtue, Letters to a Godson

ReadTheSpirit.com

Would you invite Stanley Hauerwas—the famously 'angry' theologian—to become your child’s godparent and agree to write a series of letters to your son or daughter? That is what the Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells and his wife did two decades ago, fully aware of the famous theologian’s 'happy anger,' as Wells describes it.
ReadTheSpirit.com Article

April 04, 2018

David Crumm: Jana Riess on re-discovery of the Christian Prayer Wheel after it was lost for centuries

ReadTheSpirit.com

Do you remember the headlines about this discovery? Sara Griffiths of The Daily Mail in the UK was among many journalists around the world who reported in 2015 on the mysterious chart, which turned up when a medieval illuminated book of Gospels was placed on the auction block. In the front of that set of Gospels was a strange chart for a kind of spiritual discipline no one could decipher.
Day1 Article

April 03, 2018

Mitch Carnell: In Unkind Culture, Is There Still Something Nice to Say?

Day1

I helped launch the Say Something Nice Day movement 13 years ago. Never in my wildest imagination did I think that the greatest barriers to our success would become a president of the United States and evangelical Christians who support his coarse way of communicating and his behavior.