How to Reject Xenophobia – Have Lunch Instead!

There many things – large and small – that Christians can do to fight the xenophobia that threatens our country. One simple thing to do is have lunch! Read more

How White People Gather to Undermine White Supremacy

Last Sunday, two colleagues and I greeted a group of thirty-three people over a shared meal in a church social hall to talk together about race and racism. With five different churches from four different traditions – UCC, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian – we came together to talk about the problem of racism in our community and in our world. We are all white and we represent predominantly white churches. Nevertheless, for some people, it feels uncomfortable to get together… Read more

Practicing Solidarity: The Power of Churches to Challenge Hate

It is difficult to talk about these issues with white Christians in this country in open and honest ways because I believe that we are good people and I know that most of us do not understand ourselves to be racist. That doesn’t make it any easier. It is hard to talk about these things. Partially because we haven’t learned how to talk about privilege or race in productive and meaningful ways rather than in ways that shame and blame us. Read more

Afraid for the Future? Join the Resistance!!

“Alternate facts” do not exist. In common parlance, “alternate facts” are called “lies.” When our President and the legislative branch of government base their public policy on lies – our whole democracy is threatened. Read more

Governing in the Midst of Crisis: What Should Hillary Do?

Coming off of eight years of a black President and facing the prospect of the next President being a woman – the crisis that we face is over the narrative of who we are as a country. Read more

Christian Crazies Threaten Democracy, Peace, and Public Safety

Progressive Christians are often loath to tell other people that their interpretations of scripture or of faith are wrong. However, this is one case where it is crystal clear. Read more

Trump, Sexual Assault, and Incest: When Forgiveness is Failure

In the midst of the chaos of this election it is also important to pay attention to what justice looks like in the context of sexual assault. Read more

Learning to be Parents: The Challenge of Community in a World of Social Isolation

And so, I wrapped that baby up tight, gave him a pacifier and started swaying and shooshing until he calmed down. My niece and nephew were amazed and asked me tell them again what the 4 S’s were again. Read more

How to Pray When You Don’t Believe in Magic

Asking God to heal the sick or feed the hungry or to end injustice is to imagine a divine Being who is like a fairy godmother – with the power to grant our various wishes, if only we are humble and deserving enough. Read more

When Is Stopping a Pipeline Social Change?

While many people were surprised by the Obama Administration’s work stoppage on the pipeline, this action represents one significant example of how the government can play an important role in long-term social change. Read more

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