Wayne Grudem for President #nothanks

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Disclaimer: I tend not to comment on politics, and I haven’t been following the Republican race very closely, but I came across something this week that was really startling (excluding anything Trump). It is a clear reminder that we need to be aware of who is informing our candidates and potential future leaders. A Slate article by Ruth Graham unveiled that Marco Rubio has installed Wayne Grudem as part of his religious liberty advisory board.You may not recognize his name, but W … [Read more...]

Lean In to the Conversations that Scare You

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Recently, this question was asked on a Facebook page: "What do we do with White sensitivity?"I am grateful that we live in a time when we can ask these questions freely. They signify an underlying willingness to listen and learn. The hope that I see in the Emergent Church is a willingness to lean into these types of self-exposing questions and to find conversation partners who will help us delve deeper into our own psyches and open our hearts wider. I personally love these types of … [Read more...]

A Broken Heart, Mom Rage, and a Call to Action

***Before I even get started, here's a plea: Donate to Syrian refugees through UNHCR here. Do it. I won't guilt you, but I'm giving you my best mom glare, so you had better or you shall INCUR MY WRATH.***Part One: The Broken Heart A few days ago, this image came to my attention.(WARNING: The following image is graphic. You should still look at it and take in the full meaning of it, but you should prepare yourself.)Now, until that moment, the Syrian crisis was one amongst so … [Read more...]

Lenten Peace in Israel

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Today There are three big things in my cultural-religious mind going on today. Today is St Patrick's Day. It is also Lent. And it's Israeli Election Day.  First, St. Patricks's Day. With a maiden name like Riley O'Brien, each year on this day I try to feel a sense of connection to my Irish roots. And I never do. I've never been to Ireland and I don't even drink. Instead, observance of St Patricks Day for me is usually something closer to shuffling into my closet and thinking, "Shoot! Why don't … [Read more...]

It was the Best of Times…It was the Worst of Times

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An ordinary Tuesday that began and ended in tears. But what happened in between is where the magic happens. It's 6:30 a.m. Making breakfasts and packing lunches for the teens. Telling myself to bring joy & gratitude to the activity-- totally faking it. Before I descend the basement steps for my daily meditation, I take a peek at the twitter feed and read "90 year old sisters still making each other laugh".  The thing about awareness-raising is that … [Read more...]

Je Suis Charlie? what would Jesus do? exploring some slogans a little further

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in our social media age slogans with punch spread fast. following the  events in Paris earlier this month it is not surprising that 'Je Suis Charlie' has been much used in solidarity with the cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo gunned down by Islamic fighters on account of their portrayals of Mohammed. Many of my Christian friends still have as their Facebook image the sign for a Christian used by ISIS to identify houses lived in by Christians before they are forced to pay t … [Read more...]

Growing as Agents of Peace and Healing

Come then, my beloved, my lovely one, come. For see, winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Flowers are appearing on the earth. The season of glad songs has come, the cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree is forming its first figs and the blossoming vines give out their fragrance. Come, then, my beloved, my lovely one, come. (Song of Songs 2:10-13 NJB)Throughout the Christian tradition, Christians have experienced a relationship with Jesus Christ in … [Read more...]

Beyond Words: A Critical Response to the Non-Indictment Decisions

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Isaiah 64:1-9  O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those … [Read more...]

Killjoy Prophets: Shalom, Palestine and our Uncle CUFI

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Merry Christmas from the Killjoy Prophets! We love the holidays as much as anyone. Sure, we don’t love the rampant consumerism or the fruit cake, but we love giving gifts, baking, singing Handel’s Messiah, reading the Magnificat with family, and feasting with friends. We even love mixing it up occasionally with our toxic uncle whose political views we find troubling. Sometimes we just down an extra drink and let him ramble on, sometimes we go to another room, but sometimes you just have to throw … [Read more...]

Be the Sign

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These are the days. Natalie Merchant came on over the radio as we sat and sipped wine in the brightly lit kitchen that first night. Ministers gone wild is what Jim, one of our hosts, would call the weekend as his wife, Heidi filled up our glasses. Conversations about raising kids and remembering the first week in the church and then lamenting at the exhaustion and hearing how that does change a little when the kids go to school. When they go to college?!?!? I shrieked, thinking, there’s no way I … [Read more...]


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