Ken Sehested

Ken Sehested

Ken Sehested, author of In the Land of the Living: Prayers Personal and Public, is co-pastor of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville, N.C., and a founding director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship.

Sunday, 19 January 2014 22:20

Prettifying prophets

Admiring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is not the same as being captured by it.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:15

The work of praise

Portending peace for the earth

Monday, 16 January 2012 07:00

We say no, again

On the first Sunday in Lent in 2007, when tensions between the United States and Iran were escalating, Circle of Mercy Congregation unanimously adopted a statement opposing an attack on Iran. With the recent assassination of another Iranian scientist -- the fourth to be targeted in the past two years -- tensions between our two countries are again at a boiling point.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 09:16

The 20-year war in Iraq

I don’t know what it was that penetrated my groggy reading of the Sunday morning paper, sitting at the kitchen table, the coffee maker’s final perks hacking like a smoker’s cough. Something, subliminally, coming from the radio news caught my attention. So I walked over to turn up the volume.

Friday, 11 November 2011 07:47

A new angle on Advent

Reformation Sunday generally has a hard time competing with Halloween -- except, maybe, for our Lutheran friends. Six years before Luther commenced his Ninety-Five Theses’ complaint with the Roman church, an earlier but lesser-known reform movement took place in the Americas.

When we hear the word "fasting" -- a historic Lenten emphasis -- the initial image is associated with dieting. Fasting is a foreign and somewhat threatening notion, conjuring images of self-depreciation and ascetic mortification.

Thursday, 11 February 2010 04:17

On Valentine's Day, prisoners and Haitian debt

As with many modern cultural traditions, Valentine's Day draws from a jumble of historical memories. However, the observance's namesake comes directly from Christian history. The Roman Catholic Church's official list of saints actually has three entries for "Saint Valentine."