On Palm Sunday, thousands of churches will use sustainably-harvested palms in their worship services marking the beginning of Holy Week. But let’s not end there.  The sermon, too, can incorporate ecojustice themes that highlight the connection between Jesus’ crucifixion and the eco-crucifixion happening today. Read more

We came to my daughter’s school to support the #NationalWalkoutDay. We witnessed great student leadership and activism. But we also came face to face with the canker of white male rage that exists in my daughter’s school. Read more

No, Mr. Pruitt, fossil fuels are not a “blessing” from God. Why would such a “blessing” require the large-scale industrialization of what was once beautiful forests, farms, meadows, and communities?  Any “resource” that results in poisoning water, air and land while destroying human health is no blessing. It is, in fact, the curse of humanity’s arrogance. Read more

The stories of Jesus confronting demons in the Gospel of Mark have something to teach us about how we might re-frame the opioid crisis, as well as addictions more broadly. Read more

Those calling for the arming of teachers – or any action that will put more guns into the equation – are like the people in 1 Samuel crying out for something, anything, that they think will save them. We need to heed the warning they received. Read more

The #MeToo movement has shown us that there are consequences for violating women. When it comes to fracking, it’s time we realize that there are consequences for violating Earth as well. Read more

I’m emotional about gun violence.  I’ll admit it. I have very strong feelings about guns and gun violence. And that’s not a bad thing. Read more

I’m done supporting the 2nd Amendment.  The Founding Fathers would never have wanted the kind of carnage our nation has endured and continues to inflict upon children, men, and women. You had your chance to show that you could handle this right with equal responsibility.  Instead, you have used it to create an industry that kills children and adults by the hundreds of thousands, even topping one million deaths.  As Neil deGrasse Tyson recently tweeted: Your right to own a… Read more

On Ash Wednesday when we bring these symbols together – ashes and the cross – two realms are bridged and sacredness happens. That sacredness is inscribed right onto your skin. Read more

The sermons, essays, and speeches  of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are a wonder to behold for their rhetorical prowess. Richard Lischer, in his book, The Preacher King (Oxford University Press, 1997), explains how King drew together many strands to weave his compelling rhetoric. Raised in Ebenezer Baptist Church, King experienced the power of black preaching. His seminary training in Protestant liberalism gave him the tools of critical thinking. He also had a keen understanding of the power of American… Read more

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