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Spiritual Lessons from Sedition

We as a nation have been reeling from the events of last Wednesday at the Capitol when rioters from a nearby Trump rally pushed past Capitol police, broke into the Capitol and violently interrupted the work of Congress in certifying the electoral process votes. The...

Modern Day Magi

Astrologers have an unusual place in the Bible.  Forbidden figures in the Old and New Testaments, these pagan priests or Magi occupy a place of honor in the bible. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to...

How to Have the Best Christmas Ever

There’s nothing quite as special as Christmas Eve services. A darkened sanctuary lit with candles and the singing of Silent Night. The sacred anticipation of “Lessons and Carols.” The joy of a live nativity. The fun of a Christmas pageant. Worship centers crowded with...

In Praise of Christmas Lights

Almost overnight, enchantment stole through my neighborhood and city. Here and there, dotting homes and yards, Christmas lights appeared.  A mismatched string of blue and white draped over the fence across the street. A twinkling porch two doors down. A riot of color...

The Spiritual Value of Quarantine

A few weeks ago, my husband tested positive for COVID.  I dropped everything, hurried to the drive through testing site, relinquished my comfort for a long-stick swab of my sinus passages, and prepared for ten days of quarantine at home. Next up was cancelling...

Can We Rebuild Trust in America and in Each Other?

On election day and for days afterward, I was glued to the TV. I flipped between channels, absorbing election results, minute by minute, county by county. Along with many other Americans, as they counted same-day ballots and mail-in ballots, I watched percentages rise...

How to Lead Across Divides

These days, Americans can’t agree on a common reality, let alone a common good or the leadership they need to achieve it. In my own community of 53,000 people, 20 people are struggling for their next breath, gasping in ICU beds, with thousands more sickened. At the...

What’s Your Role During the Election?

This election season is a very emotional time. The tension, the polarization, the worry, the uncertainty—all of it adds up to stress. So what is your role and your responsibility as a church leader? Is it to get out the vote? Push for justice? Lead the resistance?...

Stewarding the Vision

George Bullard’s pivotal work, The Life Cycle and Stages of a Congregation, reinforces what the author of Proverbs once said, “Without a vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). It turns out this proverb holds true for churches, too. Bullard demonstrates that...

Voting Rights, Justice, and Faith

U.S. law is deeply embedded with systemic racism. It is also deeply embedded in the history of faith communities. That's why, since the murder of George Floyd, I have been hosting "The Uncomfortable Conversation Series." In these hour-long discussions, spiritual...

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