Sister Joan Chittier on Differences

“Of two possibilities,” my mother loved to tell me, “choose always the third.”  She is a Benedictine nun.  I found the words of Sister Joan Chittier in a collection of writings on community titled Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People.  I have been carrying it around for a couple of months […]

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Segregated Sundays: Questioning Community

“Community life is martyrdom by fire: it means the daily sacrifice of all of our strength and all our rights, all the claims we commonly make on life and assume to be justified.  In the symbol of fire, the individual logs burn away so that, united, its glowing flames send out warmth and light and […]

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Declining the invitation to hate

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a pastor, civil rights leader and martyr, said this in 1958, “A fifth point concerning nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resister not only refuses to shoot his opponent but he also refuses to hate him.” Jagmeet […]

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Interpreting the Bible Multiculturally

“Persons of faith and goodwill can no longer remain silent.  Like never before, we must address the concerns and issues related to the growing diversity in our world.  Given this task, a key question arises: ‘What is the role of the Bible in an age of diversity?’ … For people of faith, this means that […]

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The Gospel and Racial Reconcilation

This year’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Summit featured author Trillia Newbell.  Her book United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity is discussed and she offers practical steps for reconciliation in relationship.

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