A Prayer for Practicing Non-Violence

Loving God, In a world where people so many cannot escape the violence, help those of us who are not under constant threat be radically committed to non-violence. May we never glorify our friends, our family or our elected officials threatening others with harm. May we never remain silent when others use language of hate when speaking of or to any of Your beloved children. Help us to measure our ...

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This is Hard, Y’all

The day that Hamas launched an attack on Israel that killed at least 800 people at this posting will be one of those days like 9/11. October 7, 2023. A day that will divide so many lives into what came before and what happened after. Will we end up using 10/7 for shorthand as time goes by? (Disclaimer: We can agree that none of us is going through anything close to ...

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World Mental Health Day

Tuesday, October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Last week in Brooklyn, a young climate activist and advocate for those with drug addiction was randomly stabbed to death by a teenager. It was all caught on video, and the teen has been arrested. To make the tragedy worse, the alleged perpetrator has a history of mental illness. Two months ago his aunt called the police to say that her nephew was "mentally ...

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O Say Can You See? Well, Can You?

You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. Galatians 5:13 If you follow me at all you know that my unofficial tagline is: a faith that struggles with questions is always stronger than one that never asks any. Did you realize that our national anthem—the one that’s so hard to sing—ends in a ...

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Why This Pastor Grieves the Overturning of Roe Vs Wade

Although we knew it was coming, I am terribly grieved by the supreme court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. "But you're a pastor!" you say. "You HAVE to be pro-life." Actually, I'm pro-choice because I am pro-life. Pro WHOLE life. Abortion is a difficult topic to talk about, because, contrary to what a lot of people would have you believe, it’s an extremely complex issue. First of all, taking away ...

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We See You. The Ally Pledge.

We see you and we celebrate you We see the good you do We see the love you share We see the people you serve We hear the names people call you Names that we do not recognize or publicize, lest we legitimize For those names don’t define you We know you by one name: Beloved Child of God Created in God’s own image We don’t pretend to know your pain But when you hurt, we hurt, too We may not ...

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Five Reasons to Oppose Anti-Trans Legislation

Across the country, states are passing legislation that will do untold harm to many, many young people. If you are serious about caring for and protecting children, here are five reasons you should oppose this kind of legislation. https://youtu.be/MTIuorM24uw No child (or adult) should ever be made to feel like life is not worth living because of who they are. No one, especially those of us who profess Christianity, should ever ...

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Black History Month Reading from a Super White Book Lover

So yes, I know that someone as white as I am might not be your first go-to for recommendations for Black History month reads. Mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply books that I've found educational, inspiring and/or convicting. Check out these books at your locally-owned bookstore. If you are near one of these Black-owned bookstores, be sure and patronize them as you build you expand your reading. ...

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Seven Women who were Firsts

In honor of International Women's Month, here are seven women who weren't just the first women, but the first anyone achieve the following: Anne Edison Taylor was the first woman to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The woman at the well in John 4 is the first person to tell people the Good News about Jesus. Marie Curie was the first person to win a Nobel Prize ...

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