What Historically White Denominations Can Learn From the Republican Party

The day after election night is like Christmas morning for bloggers and political pundits. Like eager children we come bounding down the stairs ready to rip open and reflect on wins, losses, gaffes and funnies left on the hearth of election night. Oh but where to start? I think I’ll start with race. For as much as [Read More…]

An Open Letter to Three Open Letter Writers

Dear Marcia, John and Victor, I will cut to the chase and say thank you! Along with thousands of other people, your recent open letters have touch my spirit and moved my soul. Most open letters, including my own, probably have little impact on anyone, but I am confident that your words will impact the lives of [Read More…]

Election 2012, What Presbyterians Should Care About – Norb Kumagai

As part of the ongoing Patheos 2012 election coverage and commentary, I am opening up my blog for Presbyterians to answer this week’s question, “What are the key issues at stake in this election for people of your tradition?” I gave no guidance other than to keep it under 500 words and to avoid bashing and dehumanizing [Read More…]

When Nuns Embrace the “Nones” – Politics and the Future of Faith

As many of you know any chance that I can stir up the stew of politics, culture and faith, I’m in. As a progressive Christian and  liberal Democrat or conservative Green depending on the day, this year’s election again provides ample fodder for those of us who like to engage in both supporting our beliefs in the public square and [Read More…]

Christian Hypocrisy in Examining the Word of God and the Words of Politicians

First off, before the strident atheists out there start lifting this post up as a “See, even, so and so, says Christians are a bunch of hypocrites!” let me be the first to stipulate that all people of faith are, at some level, hypocrites. Because we understand that we are not perfect, there will always be inconsistency. [Read More…]

Humility – If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.

Every once in a while during some online interaction, I find myself pounding my head on my keyboard in frustration and asking myself, “Why bother?” The frustration is usually born out of a conversation about a political or theological tweet or update, when it becomes clear to me that some folks are more interested in [Read More…]

A Plug for PRRI and The Morning Buzz

One of the groups that I am part of is the Public Religion Research Institute, an organization that conducts surveys about religion in the United States. I have been a board member – though admittedly, not a very good board member– for a few years and I have been deeply impressed by the work that [Read More…]

Darwin, Jesus and Christians in the United States

It seems as if many people in the United States have fallen in love with Darwin and his “survival of the fittest” evolutionary discoveries. Now I am not talking about the debates between creationism and evolution – I am one of those who believes that the two are not mutually exclusive – but how this idea seems [Read More…]

The Role of Satire, Snark and Sarcasm in Building Community

Short answer: there is none. I recently stumbled upon a Les Miserables inspired video parody  in support of a Barack Obama’s second term. I have obvously shared my support of President Obama in the past, but a lesser-known thing about me is that I loves me some Broadway Musicals: In the Heights, Rent, The Book of Morman and Les [Read More…]

Obama, Romney and a Conservative Evangelical Counter-Cult Expert

I love politics. I grew up in Sacramento, CA running the halls of the State Capitol Building where my mother worked for various legislators for nearly 25 years. I still have aunts, uncles and friends who are heavily involved in politics and I have always believed that public service is honorable calling. The intricacies of the system, the importance of relationships, [Read More…]