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You and Your Ministry

Ministry can be anything that supports the mission of the congregation.  Everything from reading the welcoming and asking people to silence their phones to weeding the flower bed can be ministry. If it is fulfilling to you and meets a need for the congregation, you have a ministry. And your ministry matters. Someone needs to […]

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Mutual and Free Consent: Welcoming the Beloved Community

One of the great liberal theologians of the 20th century was James Luther Adams. His work “Guiding Principles for a Free Faith”, as published in  On Being Human Religiously, he proposed “5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion”. These 5 concepts are presented as Adams’ defense of liberal religion against the rise of conservatism in the […]

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T-Shirt Evangelism: Wearing Your Faith Openly

To “Wear you heart on your sleeve” is to make your emotions, however raw, visible and to leave yourself exposed. If you say, “I am putting on my chairperson’s hat”, we all know that you are going to assume the responsibility of your position and advocate for the cause or the process used to make […]

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Showing Gratitude Through Activism

I am a lucky person. I am a straight, white, healthy and able-bodied cisgender man living in the United States of America in a time when most of the information the human race knows is available to me through a computer that fits in my pocket. I am at low risk for harassment or sexual […]

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Asbestos Abatement and Injustice

I am going to ask you all to please bear with me while I talk around my point for a moment, because I know I will lose many readers if I get there too fast. Before the 1980s, it was common (and legal) to use asbestos in buildings. It’s fireproof and was often used in insulation […]

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“An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense”

Today will present many, many chances to read the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. There are already oh-so-many opportunities for the curious to study his work. There are many, many scholars and activists who will spend the day discussing the progress, or lack there of, on that work. And we’ll have it […]

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