Trump: The Time for “No” Is Now

On Monday, March 21, students at Emory University in Atlanta found “Trump 2016” and similar campaign messages written in chalk on the sidewalk. A group of students organized a protest, and went to the university president to express their feelings of fear and intimidation. It is silly to protest the chalking of Donald Trump’s name [Read More…]

Disciples of Fear: Is It Easier to Believe in Crucifixions?

We currently live in a world where countless books have been written and read by countless believers about “declared dead on the operating table” or similar experiences with predictable tales of a white light at the end of a tunnel and angels telling the newly dead, “It is not your time yet… Go back! Go [Read More…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with Activist-Minister Amanda Henderson

The Rev. Amanda Henderson was up at the crack of dawn on a cold Tuesday morning earlier this month, her white cleric collar showing from under her winter jacket. She stood with a small group of other clergy on a gritty downtown street corner on the morning the “sweep” was to begin. Over the past weekend, the city [Read More…]

7 Ways to Make World Water Day Your First Step to a Better World

By Faiths for Safe Water Water, our shared symbol, is a most fitting place for people of all faiths and moral courage to unite and lead. Here are 7 steps that will make a difference, near and far: Step 1: Remember this acronym:  WASH.  WASH is WAter/Sanitation/Hygiene. Access to WASH is the solution. Step 2: Rusty [Read More…]

Practicing Mindfulness This Passion Week

(This was the sermon I preached on Palm Sunday at First Congregational Church, Long Beach CA.) Today we take a donkey ride into Jerusalem with Jesus.  We’re bumping along the rocky road into Passion Week, with a rabble roused by Rabbi Jesus cheering us on.  Life’s going to deal with death, and death is going to deal with [Read More…]

Blessed by Water: A Sermon for World Water Day

By Susan Barnett, Founder, Faiths for Safe Water Water is the single symbol shared by every religion. It cleanses, purifies and sanctifies in ceremonies around the world. It’s no surprise religions have come to honor water. Without it, life cannot survive. In honor of World Water Day, award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Haik Kocharian, is graciously [Read More…]

Power, Politics, and Palm Sunday: Which Leader Will You Follow?

By the Rev. Claire Feingold Thoryn Palm Sunday is the story of a triumphant entry into certain doom. In-between Palm Sunday and Easter is the valley of betrayal, despair, and loss. The fact is, Holy week isn’t just one week. It is every week, every year, every lifetime— the highs and the lows, the greatest [Read More…]

Standing for What Matters: Standing With Black Women and Girls

By Shivonne C. McKay At a time when continued #blacklivesmatter protests seem necessary in efforts to highlight and eradicate racism, taking a stand for black women and girls has become a top political, and social priority. One may think that gender inclusion in the struggle for justice and equity would have automatically extended towards all [Read More…]

Patheos 10+1: A Q&A with Millennial Author Addie Zierman

“I put down my mug and brownie and sob into my hands for no reason I can understand, except that I’m so tired, so far from any kind of resolution, so far from God and the girl who used to know and love him so desperately. “ — Addie Zierman, from her new memoir, Night Driving [Read More…]

Mindful Prayer: Listening vs. Talking

I went to an evangelical Christian prayer service recently. One after another person spoke to God in earnest, humble tones.  They alternated between supplication and praise and a sort of commentary.  Their words were directed at least as much to each other as they were to a supernatural supreme being.  They were sharing opinions and [Read More…]

Why I Love Donald Trump

I love watching Donald Trump bring scores of people “into” the Republican tent as the Republican Party flies into a full-fledged panic and attempts to preclude him from doing so. I also love watching the pile-on of Trump enemies and detractors who heap scorn, hatred, contempt, fear and, of course, countless photos of his hair [Read More…]

Voting: A Call to Action for Congregations

Voting is liturgical. It’s a ritual expression of love for others when we vote for candidates and for ballot propositions that help to assure the welfare of our vulnerable fellow citizens. [Read more…]


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