What Jesus Said to the Transgender Woman

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“Hi Jesus, I’m a transgender woman. What do you think about that?” I knew this moment would come. I was one year into a 4-year project — an interactive drama of Jesus’ ministry years, played out on the social  media stage. My “Jesus Benyosef” character was posting status updates about the kingdom of God, friending [Read More...]

Swords into Plowshares: Turn the Other Cheek and Let Freedom Ring

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By Jim Kast-Keat Associate Minister for Education Middle Collegiate Church, New York City People often speak about swords and plowshares as if one ominously threatens to poke your eye out while the other lulls you to cuddle up and go to sleep. The truth is that both these objects are deadly. Yet one threatens life [Read More...]

Mimetic Mondays: 2013 Scandals – Attraction, Repulsion, and the Top 5 Ways to Become Scandal-less in 2014

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As defined by mimetic theory, scandal gives offense and arouses indignation. Mimetic theory spells out its interactive core, involving a complex or structure of interpersonal relations that extends to all levels of social organization. From the Greek word meaning “stumbling block,” scandal names the offense that our conduct gives to others and that insidiously trips [Read More...]


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