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16 November 2017: Participating in the Song of Life

       By Kevin G. Thew Forrester, Ph.D.   …………….After days of labor, …………….mute in my consternations, …………….I hear my song at last, …………….and I sing it. As we sing, …………….the day turns, the trees move. …………………………………..“I go among trees and sit still,” Wendell Berry The first lines of John’s gospel proclaim that “in …

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Q & A:

An Alabama politician just compared Judge Roy Moore’s “dating” of teenagers to the relationship of an adult Joseph to a teenaged Mary. What does the Bible actually say about Joseph and Mary’s ages?

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9 November 2017: A New Template for Religion: A Conversation with Michael Morwood, Part 3 – Worship, Prayer, & the Other Side of the Story

      Rev. David Felten What follows in interview form is the final installment of three columns inspired by a presentation Michael Morwood offered at the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2016. In this final segment, Morwood offers a new perspective on worship and prayer – along with some concluding thoughts on …

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How can the clergy educate its members into contemporary theology and attract back the church alumni without alienating the aging conservatives that finance the local church?

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2 November 2017: Earth, Air, Fire, Water in Struggle with the Evils of our Times

      Rev. Matthew Fox Last night I returned from a conference in Jamaica about Men and Masculinity—they are dealing with a veritable epidemic of violence among young men and killings of men by men. Not unlike El Salvador and many other places around the globe. Here at home we have our own violence, …

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Q & A:

What can we do about a preacher in our state whose website is "Godhatesfags.com” and who is constantly harassing churches that seek to be open to new knowledge about homosexuality?

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26 October 2017: Theological Violence toward the Divine Feminine: Praying for an end to Rape Culture

        Rev. Roger Wolsey     If you have a Facebook account you are no doubt abundantly aware by now of the “Me too” campaign that has been taking place. It’s a powerful way for women to convey to the world that they have been the victim of sexual harassment or sexual …

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Q & A:

After reading your essay, “The Way Home for the Prodigal Species,” last week, I was left with a desire for further clarification. What would you say is the heart of your message — the essence of what you’re sharing with secular and religious audiences these days?

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19 October 2017: The Way Home for the Prodigal Species

      The Rev. Michael Dowd   “Human society is inextricably part of a global biotic community, and in that community human dominance has had and is having self-destructive consequences.” ~ William R. Catton, Jr. “The most difficult transition to make is from an anthropocentric to a bio-centric norm of progress. If there is …

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Q & A:

What titles do I use for God when I pray? Does prayer do any good?

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12 October 2017: REFORMERS, ALL

        By Rev. Gretta Vosper   We’ve been anticipating the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation for some time. Now that the month is upon us, it seems more like a private birthday party than something worthy of global attention. In truth, I suppose it is. With the global …

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Q & A:

What are your views about so many Christians being in favor of gun ownership? Doesn’t that completely contradict the Jesus of peace we read about in the Bible?

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5 October 2017: What Can A Donkey Teach Us About Jesus?

      By Eric Alexander   This series begins an exploration into the real Jesus. By which I mean, that character historically known as Yeshua of Nazareth. Which is in contrast of course to the other character more popularly known as Jesus Christ. I make a distinction there because I think Yeshua of Nazareth …

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Q & A:

Do you have any reliable estimates of the number of Christians worldwide who do not subscribe to the viewpoint that "salvation comes only through Jesus Christ”?

I just wrote a letter to the editor (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) challenging such a statement, but then wondered how many of the >2 million Christians in the world (2011 Pew Research estimate) share a less conservative belief.

Thank you for your attention, and thank you for your witness in the world!

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28 September 2017: Have Our Mainline Churches Failed Us?

      By Fred C. Plumer   I have been wondering lately, if we are really missing the conscience of our mainline churches in our country. Most of us are aware of the political, social and personal conflicts that are going on in our country right now. And most of us are aware of …

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With the #TakeAKnee movement growing, what do you think the Church's role in racism in the US is?

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21 September 2017: Dogma and the Perpetuating of a Dead God

      By Rev. Mark Sandlin   In 1966 the cover of TIME magazine asked the jarring question, “Is God Dead?” It was the first time TIME used only text on it’s cover and the impact only added to the striking question. “Is God Dead?” Three simple words that for a brief time created …

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“I recently received one of those emails with the sensational subject line: “ALL OF A SUDDEN MESSAGE FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN.” It started out with the question, "Has everyone lost their ability to see what is happening in the USA?” Then it lists nearly 20 “All of a Suddens” where Muslims are allegedly doing X, Y, or Z to undermine the American way of life. Each “fact” is presented with no attribution or source reference. Some of them are obviously made-up, but others seem like they could be possible. I’m including a couple of them to see if you have any suggestions for a response.”

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14 September 2017: A New Template for Religion: A Conversation with Michael Morwood, Part 2

        By Rev.David Felten   What follows in interview form is the second of three columns inspired by a presentation Michael Morwood offered at the Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland, in 2016. In this installment, Morwood offers a new perspective on revelation, a re-visioning of who Jesus was, and continues with …

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Are there parts of the Old Testament that are said to be relevant today and why?

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