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The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel Article

March 05, 2017

Kenneth L. Samuel: Made to Rest

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

The image of the Energizer Bunny is cute when applied to batteries, but quite dangerous when applied to living creatures.
The Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt Article

March 04, 2017

Frederick Schmidt: The Barking Dog of Congregational Vitality

The Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt (TEC)

Congregational vitality is still on the front burner in conversations about the church. Noting that on average, 9 churches close their doors everyday, the Episcopal Church Building Fund has launched a recasting process, designed to help parishes evaluate their communities, reevaluate the deployment of their resources, achieve a sustainable budget, and rediscover a measure of relevance to the communities around them.
Carl McColman Article

March 03, 2017

Carl McColman: Seven Important Bible Verses About Silence

Carl McColman (other)

Christians can be a noisy bunch. I’m always a bit surprised when I visit a church just before Mass and it’s filled with chatter. Maybe I’m showing my age here, but I recall as a boy that visiting a church was like visiting a library — it was a place reserved for the utmost silence.
The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush Article

March 02, 2017

Paul Raushenbush: Is Not This the Fast I Choose? Isaiah 58 for America in 2017

The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush (ABCUSA)

An American interpretation of Isaiah 58 on Ash Wednesday, 2017.
Day1 Article

March 01, 2017

Remember the Refugees and Migrants on Ash Wednesday


A message from the leaders of The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Article

March 01, 2017

Will Willimon: The Way Things Are: Conversations on 'Who Killed Willie Earle?'

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

We had a wonderful day at Wofford College focused upon the issue of the Willie Earle Lynching and Preaching to Confront Racism. The many clergy, students, and scholars who gathered there explored the subjects of our racist past and our responsibilities for race and bias in the church today and tomorrow. Who Lynched Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism...
The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger Article

February 28, 2017

Brett Younger: Dear President Trump, You could make things a lot easier for preachers

The Rev. Dr. Brett Younger (CBF)

Dear President Trump: I am sure you are getting letters from groups that feel like they are being mistreated. Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans, women, Jews, the poor, and the LGBTQ community have legitimate concerns, but have you thought about how you are making life difficult for preachers? Ministers are not usually considered an oppressed group, but preaching was easier before you became president.
ON Scripture: The Bible™ Article

February 27, 2017

ON Scripture: It’s Been 40 Days: How to Resist the Temptation of Injustice and Intolerance (Matthew 4:1-11) By Karyn L Wiseman

ON Scripture: The Bible

In our text for this week, Jesus is in the wilderness preparing for the role he is about to undertake through his public ministry. He is alone but is visited by Satan as a three-fold test --which is a more accurate translation than what we understand as temptation.
The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis Article

February 25, 2017

Jacqueline Lewis: A Spirituality For Hot-Mess Times #LoveTakesAction

The Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis (other)

These times demand that we resist violence to our own bodies and souls, and give them tender care as an act of revolutionary love.
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel Article

February 24, 2017

Lillian Daniel: You Can't Step in the Same River Twice

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel (UCC)

I'm fascinated by the river I live next to. Maybe Dubuque's natives are used to it, but the Mississippi River is brand new to me, and each season reveals a new side to its personality.