Religious Liberty for the Rest of Us

Anthony Hatcher

By Anthony HatcherThe Puritans sailed to these shores 400 years ago seeking freedom of religion, but freedom of their religion only. Earlier this year, a group of North Carolina lawmakers, apparently channeling the Puritans, tried to establish Christianity as the state religion.Their action was prompted by a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU noted that some county commissions and other governmental boards around the state opened meetings with prayer. While … [Read more...]

Women, Work, and the Word: Luke 7:11-17

By Eric D. BarretoA recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in ten of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women.This is both good news and bad. For many women, new opportunities are allowing them to be the primary bread-winners in their families. In some careers, women are chipping away at the very real glass ceiling so many have and continue to face. Our efforts towards equality have made some strides. Some strides.At the s … [Read more...]

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

Adam Copeland

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...]


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