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...]

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...]

Pope Francis U.S. Visit: Love and Joy Trump Rules (Mark 10:2-18)

By Sr. Simone Campbell.A 23-year-old Reading native struggles to find stable work that will allow her to maintain her apartment and support her family. I practiced family law in California for many years. I know the anguish of the breakup of a marriage. Often one spouse would come to me to try to untangle the legal mess of a marital relationship. What I noticed was how much ambivalence went into the process. So many wished that they could salvage the marriage but for a myriad of reasons … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence: Are the Children Safe? (Mark 10:2-16)

By Luke Powery.Safe Havens educates faith leaders on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence. There are many reasons for divorces and one of them is domestic violence. It’s true that there are women and men who experience domestic violence and never leave the marriage; they only want to cleave while others leave for their dear life. Domestic violence can be viewed as family violence but there are family members from whom we may rarely hear in these situations, namely children. M … [Read more...]