What on Earth? Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse (Rev. 21:1-6)

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By Rev. Adam J. CopelandHow Religious Leaders Are Taking Charge of the EnvironmentalCongregations should be leading the environmental movement, says the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, president of the Regeneration Project. Interfaith Power & Light, which mobilizes a religious response to global warming, promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.Have you ever heard someone described as, “So heavenly minded, he was no earthly good?” This … [Read more...]

Why I Pray that April Tragedies Bring May Justice (Acts 9:36-43)

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By Margaret AymerResurrection is the theme of the fifty days of Eastertide. Yet, for decades, the month of April has been filled with particularly horrific deaths:• The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4, 1968)• The murder of 13 persons at the American Civic Association Immigration Center in Birmingham, NY. (April 3, 2009)• The shooting death of 32 students at Virginia Tech. (April 16, 2007)• The end of the Waco siege and the death of 82 members of the Branch Da … [Read more...]

Repairing Our Grief (John 21:1-19)

By Greg CareyMy Uncle Norman fought in Europe during World War II. An artillery observer, he didn’t return with many “heroic” stories to tell. When I was little, he would roll out some souvenirs from the war, and I’d be impressed: German military dress knives and lovely table linens. I don’t recall all of the stories or how these things became his, but I’m pleased to report the table linens were a gift. His war experience was hardly glamorous.Why Veteran’s Need Soul Repair … [Read more...]

How Long Does Darkness Last? (John 20:1-18)

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By Rev. David LewickiThere is a pall over this morning. As this story begins in John’s Gospel, “it is still dark.”It is still dark where we wake up today. Beautiful, beloved children of God awake this morning in rooms where no light will break through. Morning brings no solace. It is still dark.How Women Are Breaking the Church's Glass CeilingJesus treated women differently than others would have treated women during his time, serving as a sort of early femin … [Read more...]

Why Our Bodies Matter

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By Greg CareyImmediately following the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope came the predictable speculation. From the United States and other wealthy nations, folks wondered what the new Pope would say about issues related to gender and human sexuality. What about birth control, homosexuality, and women’s leadership in the church? Did the new Pope really support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples in Argentina, as some reported? Others, including many from Latin America, A … [Read more...]

The Liturgy of the Passion (Isaiah 50:4-9a)

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Dr. Walter BrueggemannThe voice that speaks in Isaiah 50:4 – 9a is the poet of the exile himself. Here he offers an autobiographical reflection on his call as a prophet sent by God to the deported Jews in Babylon in the sixth century BCE. His message to the Jews is they are now free to go back home to Jerusalem. This freedom came, says the poet, because of the dispatch of Cyrus the Persian at the behest of YHWH, the Lord of all of history. … [Read more...]


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