Black Friday: Can’t Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.Since 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the start of the holiday shopping season.  Now “Black Friday” is an American phenomenon where shoppers wait in line for hours, some for days, to get their hands on holiday gifts at bargain prices.  Retailers lure shoppers with steep door-buster discounts, limited quantities,  and by opening early and closing late. Black Friday sales have been advertised for weeks now it seems. Doorstoppers, insane discounts, buy 1-get … [Read more...]

Radical Hospitality: Building Bridges, Respecting Differences (Revelation 1:4b-8)


By Jim Kast-Keat.In the 1990s Arno Michaelis was a white supremacist and lead singer of hate metal band Centurion, but the kindness shown to him by his Jewish boss changed him in ways he could never have expected. When I was eighteen years old I knew that I knew everything there was to know, especially in regards to the “us” and the “them” of the world. Eighteen-year-old me knew that being gay was a sin and that LGBTQ people were not called to leadership in the church (and my conserv … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day: War on Every Shore (Mark 13:1-8)


By Shively Smith.Faith communities are uniquely positioned to help military families and veterans. It is so easy to read Mark and think of war as far off—especially if you are someone living in a neighborhood or region that has a semblance of peaceful times. For non-military families and organizations it is easy to miss that “wars and rumors of wars” mean families, perhaps right next door to us, are bracing for the possibility that parents or children may be leaving soon. Annually, on Nove … [Read more...]

Our Children Are Us (Psalm 127)

By Cari Jackson. The Alhambra Police Department in California created the Youth Diversion Program to keep kids in school and out of prison. In every moment, we are every age we have ever been, according to psychologist Carl Rogers. For me this means, our bodies are like a bus riding down the highway of life and all of the passengers are who we have been at every age. As we travel through life, somethings we see, hear and experience evoke feelings of great joy, love, and calm or … [Read more...]

Beijing +20 and Michelle Obama: What Is Women’s Work? (Ruth 1:1-18)


By Lisa Davison.Sumter Faith Clinic is a free clinic to treat the uninsured and underinsured.Recognizing the incredible gap (between those with health insurance and those without it) in the health care system in their area, Nurse Practitioners Mary Wysochansky and Anna Stinchcum decided to do something to address the program.  These two women founded and opened the Sumter Faith Clinic in Americus, GA. The clinic serves the uninsured and the underinsured in Sumter County, GA.  Funded p … [Read more...]

Is My Religion Better Than Yours? (Hebrews 7:23-28)


By Jaime Clark-Soles.The Interfaith Tour reveals what happens when you stop talking about the other and start talking to the other. Ignorance or intolerance of other religions continues to plague our world. I live in East Richardson, TX (a suburb of Dallas), which is highly diverse religiously and ethnically. The Islamic Association of North Texas is located here. Dallas has one of the largest Muslim populations and number of mosques in the nation. Yet, the call for Christians to protest … [Read more...]