Category Archives: Politics

Pray always. Don’t lose heart.

The story we heard from Genesis  a little bit ago is probably my favorite Jacob story, although that’s not saying much. Jacob is such a trickster, he’s just not my favorite guy in the bible. He does have some cool dreams; … Continue reading

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Blur and Cross the Thin Blue Line

“We call the police the thin blue line. Let it not be a line that divides us.” – Eric L. Adams, NY police officer and guest columnist Eric Adams describes his experience as an African American citizen and father … Continue reading

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Invocation in the days of empire

O Holy God In this season when we are contemplating those who would lead us their gifts and their limits draw our eyes and our visions our minds and our thoughts our hearts and our love toward you. Like Hannah, … Continue reading

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Improv (for) life, listening for justice

Whether we are facing personal conflict in our relationships, or leaning into the harder conversations of our society – like those around racial injustice and sexual identity – many of us struggle to listen to what needs hearing and speaking … Continue reading

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Breaking the fast

It was worth staying hungry for. Along with a few friends, I visited the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies last night to share in that community’s breaking of the day’s Ramadan fast. A couple of friendly gentlemen, one holding … Continue reading

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Listening as revolutionary behavior

My friend and UCC pastor Lynn Carman Bodden recently asked a great morning-after question on her Facebook feed: So, rather than waiting for THEM to do it, what will you do to reach across the great political divide to get … Continue reading

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Against the grain

Going against the grain usually won’t get you anything but splinters and ugly wood. Nonetheless, as on every September 11 since 2001, that’s where I find myself. Feeling full of splinters … wondering why my wood seems to look different … Continue reading

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What’s a queer, Christian, Carolinian to do? Choose life …

Being queer in Carolina has become a tougher row to hoe in some ways. As expected, the passage of Amendment One has been taken by some as permission to open the floodgates of anti-gay vitriol. A few histrionic preachers are … Continue reading

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Know + Love Project: We know love

The Know + Love Project is a joint effort of Equality NC and the ACLU working to defeat Amendment One (for more information on the amendment and its plethora of harms, visit Protect All NC Families). Know+Love is collecting stories … Continue reading

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Lenten journal: R2B in Whispering Pines

RACE TO THE BALLOT | Real Conversations in Whispering Pines – YouTube. This video is so powerful. I am proud of UCC pastor Brent Bissette, who begins speaking at about 3:54. I am proud, too, of Jen Jones’ even and … Continue reading

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