Skin tax

What does it cost in America if your skin isn’t white?

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Let the tares alone

Are we courageous enough to stand on conscience, while taking seriously those whose consciences may not now, or ever, be compatible with our own?

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A church for those who wander

Congregations that fail to care deeply for those who have wandered have missed something essential to their reason for being.

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Grace as a default system

Too often, we begin relationships by assuming we experience the world exactly the same way.

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No ashes on Wednesday

What can you offer on Ash Wednesday if your jar of ashes is empty?

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Desperate for the Holy

For many, there is great difficulty in getting into God’s presence.

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Theology of fun

To have fun in the face of evil and turmoil and ugliness is almost revolutionary.

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The aging of grief

Death doesn’t just rob us of a sibling, spouse or child right now; the loss is permanent.

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Bumper sticker theology

Prayer works, but that means a lot more than we sometimes suggest.

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Safe space?

Heaven help us if young adults aren’t dreaming about a society safer than the one we’re in.

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Them and us?

This election year we seem obsessed with us against them; we just can’t agree on who “they” are or which “us” is us.

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When church really isn’t what we think it is

God is there in the warmth and light and messiness and hope and utter, miraculous gift of community.

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Unremarkable, but lovely

What a civil, and even warm, conversation among three leaders of differing faiths can look like.

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Addicted to fear

Many of us seem to derive pleasure from being scared to death.

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Religious terrorism

Please don’t judge Christians by those who have committed terrorist acts.

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Grievous words

The coarsening of public discourse is alarming, and great harm can be inflicted through venomous speech.

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Sharing seeds of hope

Too often, the concept of God is distorted by human power struggles manifested through gender, class or race issues.

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Compartiendo semillas de esperanza

Con frecuencia el concepto de Dios es distorsionado debido a luchas humanas de poder que se manifiestan a través de conflictos de género, clase o raza.

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Avoid thy neighbor?

Jesus said to love our neighbor. Maybe too few of us even know our neighbor.

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From despair to hope, sans seraphim

The watershed moments, when everything before and after is defined by it.

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