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Monthly Archives: July 2015

It occurs to me that each of us has an opportunity, at every moment and in every interaction with another, to choose behavior that reflects grace and selfless love, to live out the undeniable truth that we belong to each other.

Yesterday my phone rang and my brother’s name showed up on the screen. My brother died last year, but I can’t bear to delete his phone number from my list of contacts. This was the first time in these months that, for whatever reason, there he was, on my iPhone screen. In that very instant, the strange collection of feelings that is grief tumbled over each other all over again, flashing in front… Read More

You Can’t Be Serious Disciples of Christ National Convention July 20, 2015 Isaiah 40:6-8 Good evening, Disciples! It’s wonderful to be here with you all, to catch up with so many dear friends, and to feel the movement of God’s Spirit in this place, among all of us, God’s people.  I feel like it must be among the principle obligations of the church to remember that we need each other, and I… Read More

There are many, many places in this world designed to exclude people. The one place that should never, ever be on that list is the church.

Let America Be America Again Langston Hughes Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed… Read More