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18 January 2018: “Mezuzah the $#!t Out of It”

      Rev. David M. Felten   I’m often inspired by the spiritual practices and traditions of faiths other than my own. Many of them come in handy as suggestions I can make to members of my congregation. With the exasperation many are feeling over our current political reality, I’ve had my mind on …

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Q & A:

I want you to clarify for me certain issues that seem to me to impact our common existence. Are you in support of gay marriages and abortions? Do you think we have the antichrist and the Dragon in our midst today?

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11 January 2018: Unbelievable: Part II

Unbelievable began its life years ago when my daughter, Jaquelin, who owns a Ph.D. degree in physics from Stanford University said to me: “Dad, the questions the church keeps trying to answer we don’t even ask anymore!” She was not hostile. It was just a matter of fact statement. The church keeps posing issues that …

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Q & A:

There is a lot of political discussion these days about resisting Trump and other politicians that don’t seem to reflect the ways of Jesus. What do you think Jesus would do?

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4 January 2018: Unbelievable – Part I

      Bishop John Shelby Spong     The book has elements about it that have bordered on the miraculous. I was not sure I would ever be able to complete it. I had written about ninety per cent of this volume before I had a stroke in September of 2016. The stroke immobilized …

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Q & A:

Why is it so important to you to view the Gospels as "midrash" rather than as history?

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28 December 2017: Naomi Klein & Scott Russell Sanders: Birds of a Feather, Two North American Prophets In Search of Wisdom and Right Action

      Rev. Matthew Fox   In dark times like ours one takes delight in those who are still committed to a search for truth and are still busy hunting gathering for what matters. We are blessed still with such figures in our midst and I want to celebrate two in this essay. One, …

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Q & A:

First let me tell you I am an atheist. Prior to this I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition and was a member in good standing for approximately the first thirty years of my life at which time I left.

The journey I am on has led me in many directions and I have been comfortable lately with where I find myself. That is until I read a  column from Bishop Spong. What brings this uncomfortable feeling is the sentence that reads, "As optimism has died, human beings increasingly turned either to fundamentalist religion or to secular materialism in the constant search for meaning."

Because I value his  understanding of the human condition, I took the latter part of the above sentence as an indictment. I know that my search for meaning has often turned to secular materialism. I must tell you this disturbs me. I'm not sure where to go with this. I cannot return to religion, as it holds nothing for me. Yet I do not want to continue to define myself by what I buy and own. Any insights?

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21 December 2017: Wakey Poem Sermon

      Rev. Roger Wolsey “P” is for Poetry 

To better help people understand the difference between liberal Christianity and progressive Christianity, I’ve referred to what I call the “The 11 Ps of Progressive Christianity“: 
* Postmodern * Passionate * Poetic * Prophetic/Political * Prayerful * Practical/Practice/Praxis/orthoPraxy * Paradoxical * Pro-LGBTQI * Peaceful/Pacifist * …

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Q & A:

What does the Advent season call us to do in troubled times?

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14 December 2017: Finding Home for the Holidays

      Rev. Irene Monroe   The holiday season is a difficult time of year for many. Too often we see the glitz and glamour that this holiday brings, and we miss its spiritual message. The underlying message in celebrating the season-Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the winter solstice- is the full embrace of human …

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Q & A:

If, as you say, the stories of Jesus' miraculous birth are pious legends, what are the implications for staging a children's Christmas pageant in a small suburban church?

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7 December 2017: A Shift in the Season: One Congregation’s Story

      Rev. Gretta Vosper   Several months ago, I wrote about the Season of Relief, those long weeks following Easter when clergy don’t have to deal with lectionary passages that fuse themselves to church doctrine. Strangely, it seems like just a few short weeks ago; but then, the cycles of doctrinal seasons in …

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Q & A:

Sir, with all due respect, you shared well concerning how Jesus did not die because of sins. Please share your views on the reason or why Jesus died.

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30 November 2017: Back to the Forties

      Fred C. Plumer Well here we go again, friends, facing another Christmas. The big stores are posting huge advertisements, notifying us of major sales, playing Christmas music and of course wherever you go there is a Santa Clause. It has been that way for a couple of weeks. It seems to me …

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Q & A:

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

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23 November 2017: Rescuing Thanksgiving

      Rev. Mark Sandlin My mother passed away on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. Many of my fondest memories of her (and fondest memories in general) connect back to our family Thanksgiving meals. It was always a special time for me. My mom could put together a Thanksgiving meal that would …

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Q & A:

Would you comment from your Christian perspective on the Buddhist assertion that we have no separate self or separate existence because we cannot understand who we are without understanding who we aren't, and our separate existence is known only because of everything we are? Is the sense of self an illusion?

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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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