The Misplaced Value on A Church in Gainesville

“When the dust clears on the Qur’an burning controversy, neither the threat, nor the response, will have had as much effect on God’s people as those who have quietly preached and lived love without ever turning on their televisions.” Guest blogger Robert Hunt on the dangerous – and ultimately useless – power of the media to shape public religious dialogue. [Read more…]

On Burning Another Faith’s Holy Book

“Theologically speaking, Pastor Terry Jones’ threat to burn copies of the Qur’an goes against the heart of Christian faith. The faith of Jesus welcomes rather than excludes. The author of John’s gospel proclaims that God’s light – the true light embodied in Jesus Christ – enlightens all creation and all human beings. (John 1:1-5, 9)” Theology Prof Bruce Epperly reflects on the call of the Gospel related to the proposed holy book-burning this weekend.
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Nine Years After 9/11 – A Choice Between Hate and Love

“The anniversary of 9/11 would be sufficient reason for reflection; in my faith tradition we live by a liturgical calendar on which we mark feast days and remembrances of those who have come before and shaped the way we live and believe. But with all these political and geo-political events (and others) that seem to be linked to 9/11 in the news, it’s an especially meaningful anniversary, and a time to consider the political and spiritual arenas and see what we might learn.” Episcopal lay minister Greg Garrett offers this thoughtful reflection as we approach the anniversary of 9/11. [Read more…]