Ferguson and Forgiveness (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

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By Walter Brueggemann.We asked people what they think about racism in America. Lent is our season of honesty. It is a time when we may break out of our illusions to face the reality of our life in preparation for Easter, a radical new beginning.When, through this illusion breaking homework, we connect with reality we see that in our society the fabric of human community is almost totally broken and one glaring evidence of such brokenness is the current unrelieved tension between … [Read more...]

Forsaking the “Whiteness” of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)

By Keith Anderson. We asked a random group of people: Who do you talk to? Sparked by the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the subsequent deaths at the hands of law enforcement of Eric Garner in New York and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, protests under the banners of #ferguson, #icantbreathe, and #blacklivesmatter have spread around the country and a passionate conversation about the role of race in America has been rejoined. These protests, along with coverage by news … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Protest and God’s Presence (Isaiah 61:10–62:3)

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By Brian Bantum.We asked people on the street about the effectiveness of demonstrations and protests.While every year is filled with its triumphs and its terrors, 2014 has been a year that has felt particularly fraught. It is not because this is a year where evil and terror appeared from nowhere, surprising us in our general euphoria or mundane lives. Perhaps, this year has seemed more fraught as the weight of evil seems to bear down on the lives of the marginalized in egregiously … [Read more...]

The Self-Righteous System and the Prophetic Task (2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16)

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By Brennan Breed.We asked people on the street if they think our institutions are failing us. On December 8, an Orlando-area police officer shot Cedric Bartee, an African-American man, while he was unarmed and standing with his hands in the air. The Sherriff asked the public to trust that the justice system will discover the “truth.” In the wake of grand juries refusing to indict the police officers responsible for killing Eric Garner and Michael Brown, however, it seems inevitable to ma … [Read more...]

You Don’t Want To Be A Prophet (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

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By Eric Barreto. 90-year-old Arnold Abbott feeds the homeless despite a local ban on the practice in public places. You don’t want God to ask you to be a prophet. You really don’t. When God calls you to some holy task, you might expect a contemplative path, a quiet life of service and love of neighbor. You might expect a comfortable life of piety and hopefulness, grace and caring. But true prophets know better. Prophets tend not to have such idyllic hopes for God’s call. Prophets kno … [Read more...]


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