Rev. Vance P. Ross Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the … Continue reading Outlying Faith: an Advent sermon
Our most recent post, by the Rev. Peter Olsen, asked if we need “a Barmen Declaration for our time.” Days later, a group of scholars and clergy published the Declaration below. To see the original signatories, and to sign the Declaration yourself, please visit https://thebostondeclaration.com. — The Editors Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish … Continue reading The Boston Declaration
Rev. Peter Olsen From May 29th-31st 1934 the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church met in Barmen, Germany to address false teachings propagated by the “German Christians” appointed by the Nazis to administer the Protestant churches under the Reich. Organized in 1932, the German Christian movement was driven by nationalistic ideology permeated with … Continue reading A Barmen Declaration for our Time?
Michael Livingston God of wind and rain, sun and moon, peaks and valleys, frozen tundra and arid plains, God of all creation: Some of us are in Texas recovering from the worst storm the state has ever seen rain and rising waters flooded lives washed out fortunes futures great and meager; some of us … Continue reading A Morning Prayer
W. Jarrett Kerbel So what is the ‘church’ reason for getting involved in anything? When a community organizer asks to meet with me, that is my first question. I may be in complete agreement that something political, economic or social needs to be reformed. To take your issue to my congregation, however, I need … Continue reading Why Churches Should Get Involved in Fair Districting
Santikaro Upasaka When we enter into a Buddhist path of life, whatever the entryway – meditation, study of the teachings, serving community, ritual – we learn to bring the Buddha home. The more at home Buddha is in us, the more vibrant and profound our spiritual life will be. In my own life … Continue reading Undomesticated Buddha