Immigration: Love Without Borders (1 Kings 8)


By Roger S. Nam.  The 2016 presidential election season has brought increased attention to the topic of immigration in recent weeks. In the coming sixteen months(!), the American public can expect the different presidential candidates to navigate through immigration issues in order to win voters, whether through shocking opening salvos designed for media attention, or strategically guarded statements intended to repel as few voters as possible. A quick look at the language of the … [Read more...]

Ferguson One Year Later: Give Us Wisdom (1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14)


By Lisa Sharon Harper.One year since the death of Michael Brown.The plane touched down and the flight attendant came on the speaker to ask us to please keep our seat belts buckled until we had come to a complete stop at the gate, and enjoy our stay in St. Louis.“Enjoy your stay in St. Louis.” That phrase hung in the air.Only minutes away from the Lambert/St. Louis International Airport the sky was falling.Over the eleven days that had passed since Michael Brown was shot mu … [Read more...]

Can We Keep Our Children Safe? (2 Samuel 18)

By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.The black church plays an important role in supporting education. The Black Church has played a major a role in the struggle for justice in America. They have been haven, passageway, rallying place, center of learning, and a foundation of strength for African American communities dealing with slavery, subjugation hatred and violence for hundreds of years. In the 21st century, the Black Church continues in those traditions.  Most especially it surrounds families w … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage: A Christian Response

By Barbara K. Lundblad.  We asked people about the relevancy of marriage. “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” With these words, Justice Anthony Kennedy supported the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples across the country are celebrating this long-awaited decision. Those who are Christians are not only thanking the court b … [Read more...]

Freedom: For Everyone or Just People Like Us? (2 Corinthians 12:2-10)

By Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.For one year, five French students of different faiths traveled the world to document different models of interfaith dialogue. There are people who irk us. Something about their ideas, talk, or disposition gets under our skin. Their idiosyncrasies are like sandpaper to our souls. To be honest, we are perhaps just as irritating. The way we talk on the phone in public, how we drive in rush hour traffic, our aggression getting off a train or standing in line … [Read more...]

Maye God’s Trying to Tell You Something (1 Samuel 3:1-20)


By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.Faith leaders speak out on how well the faith community has upheld the tradition of civil rights and social justice activism. In the motion picture adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple, Shug Avery leaves Harpo’s Juke Joint, on her way to the church pastored by her estranged father. On a forced march through cotton fields, Shug is accompanied by an impromptu choir, singing on their way, “Maybe God’s trying to tell you something!” written by the late A … [Read more...]