Second Sunday of Advent (Infertility & Waiting For Jesus)

This is the second in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward. If you missed the first post, you can read it here. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” II Corinthians 4:1I was in labor for almost eight years.There were ultrasounds.There was blood work.There was pain: both physical and emotional.I felt called to mot … [Read More...]

Creating Something New Out of Chaos

Over the next 12 months, the Forum for Theological Exploration is spotlighting 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities. By Rev. Dr. Jacqui LewisOn April 4, 1968, six weeks before my 9th birthday, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, shot with a rifle while standing on a balcony in Memphis, where he was or … [Read More...]

First Sunday of Advent: Infertility & Waiting on Jesus

This is the first in a weekly series of Advent devotionals reflecting on what an experience of infertility can teach us about waiting for Jesus here at Faith Forward.He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will … [Read More...]

The Worst in Us, the Best in Us

By Bishop Minerva G. CarcanoHowever each of us may have voted, I pray that we remember that above all, above political parties and nation states, we are those who follow Jesus Christ alone, citizens of the reign of God. We have lived some difficult months in this country; months of growing hostility among political leaders, with the lashing out at others in extreme ways, and not just at political opponents. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, a disregard for the economically poor, and all too o … [Read More...]

The Proposed Mandatory Registry of All Muslims

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out ~ because I was not a Socialist….Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out ~ because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me ~ and there was no one left to speak for me.” ~ German Pastor Martin NiemollerThis poem, as it has of … [Read More...]

God Is Not In Control

God is not in control.As a Christian, this comforts me.I’ve heard this phrase used often in the past week by Christians left and right, from those who oppose Trump and those who do not.Those on the right—more conservative evangelical Christians—often use it to placate and reassure. “This … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Care for Our Veterans Today, and Every Day

10 Ways to Care for Our Veterans Today, and Every DayWe give our nation’s military service members the training they need to accomplish their missions during deployment, but what resources await them back home? Church congregations play a unique and vital role in the reentry and r … [Read More...]

Recovering the Overlooked Stories of Christianity

By Grace Vargas(This year, the Forum for Theological Exploration will spotlight 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are making in their communities, institutions and universities.) The … [Read More...]

Vote “Serenity Prayer” for 2016 Election

  THE SERENITY PRAYER The Unofficial Prayer of Election 2016 by Dwight Lee Wolter One primary thing we did not get in the 2016 presidential primary is serenity. Now that the election debates are now over, many people have observed that like it or not, Donald Trump isn’t going to change and … [Read More...]

The Serenity Prayer (Part 3 of 3)

By Dwight Lee Wolter. Welcome to part three, the concluding part of this three part series on the Serenity Prayer. Today, we pray not only for the serenity to accept the change we cannot change and the courage to change the things we can, but also for “the wisdom to know the d … [Read More...]

The Serenity Prayer (Part 2 of 3)

By Dwight Lee Wolter.  “God, grant me the…courage to change the things I can…”Welcome to part two of this three-part series on the Serenity Prayer. In part one, I told you a story about a man who stood on the beach, threatening the tide if it dared to come in; and late … [Read More...]

The Immoral Economy and Donald Trump’s Tax Returns

By Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life In response to public outcry over his newly revealed tax return, Trump responded that it was a smart move on his part to take advantage of a tax benefit for real estate investors that allowed him to write off twenty years in … [Read More...]

The Serenity Prayer (Part 1 of 3)

By Dwight Lee Wolter.  “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…” The Serenity Prayer was conceived in a little stone cottage in Heath, Massachusetts by theologian and professor, Reinhold Niebuhr, around 1932. It was printed on cards and distributed to the tro … [Read More...]

Becoming a Minister of Listening

By John Helmiere, founding minister of Valley & Mountain.  Over 12 months, the Forum for Theological Education is spotlighting 12 leaders, their stories, and how their passion and call to shape a more hopeful future through Christian ministry guides the impact they are … [Read More...]