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Creedal Compost

At Grace Church we read Iona’s Creed each week. Despite its beauty, saying it felt like swallowing a big square ice cube so I began to figure out my own Creed. I dug my way through every …

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Blamed It On – Music Video

Max Ribner Band

I blamed it on my brother, I blamed it on my sister, I blamed it on my father, I blamed it on my mother. Forgot about my individuality.
Release the fear, the beginning is near. Reflect peace, joy, happiness and bliss.
Find your spirit, find your gods.
In demand for equality. Hold your fist up high, right now is the time to unify.
I know the cure is being pure.
Feel the force, earth wind water fire, gonna take you higher.

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Wisdom and (or is it ‘vs’?) Religion- sermon video

Community Christian Church

The ancient Jews revered wisdom but in our times it often seems religion actually reveres ignorance. This is a crucial aspect of progressive Christianity- we are willing to start a church that rejected all forms of magic or superstition in favor for a fact based spirituality.

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Gitmo and the Tower of Babel: Tales of Power Run Amok- sermon video

Community Christian Church of Springfield

Our prison in Guantanamo Bay, Gitmo, is an example of power run amok. Like the Biblical narrative about the Tower of Babel, our faith tradition is rich in anti-empire imagery assuring the faith community that God holds the hubris of empire in contempt. Nations are never really that good as estimating their relative importance in the world. Like the Hebrews when our nation began, we had a fresh memory of what it was like to be bullied by an empire. We sought to create a nation whose moral force was much larger than our military force.

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Behold the Profit that Hides the Sins of the World- sermon video

Community Christian Church of Springfield

The media does not question the deaths of the poor when profit is the motive behind their deaths but cannot tell us enough about Mosques in Boston and Islam in Russia. But who owned the plant in West, Texas? Where did the owners go to church? How were they so radicalized in their lust for money that they would place an entire town at risk? And why do we accept the deaths of the poor in indifference and silence?

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SUNU- Music Video

Rising Appalachia (R.I.S.E.)

  Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011 www.youtube.com/chadhessphoto www.chadhess.com http://www.youtube.com/RisingAppalach… http://risingappalachia.com/ Rising Appalachia SUNU The Sails Of Self Directed, Filmed & Edited by Chad Hess

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Scale Down- Rising Appalachia-music video

Rising Appalachia (R.I.S.E.)

There is none but ourselves to make this thing last….so it starts there. Everybody take a long hard at you. And you stand up, look around, and then scale that down…

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Lectureship that Challenges What is, in the Name of What Can Be

21st century Christianity is thus wedded to the world view of its 1st century scriptures, its 4th century creeds and its 13th century liturgies. Consequently Christianity presents itself to potential modern believers encased in a series of doctrinal and liturgical forms, undergirded by a theological point of view that communicates almost nothing to those people who gather in church to worship. Why is there any surprise that the number of worshipers is in steep decline? Modern Christianity offers only two alternatives. The first is to close our minds to the explosion of knowledge in order to build a protective fortress around the religious formulas of antiquity.

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Ears Wide Open? A Video on Suicide Prevention

By: Terrie Johnson

My name is Terrie Johnson, and I am employed as the senior editor at a nationally recognized advertising agency in Kansas City. I’m also the author of two published books, an awarded public speaker, and I write …

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Dear Bishop Spong- a Comment on “Making Sense of Violence and Terror in Boston”

America maims, oppresses, deeply hurts, and expects no repercussions? I’m saddened that you seem to have forgotten that. Oppressed, beleaguered people react. The Boston experience was just such a reaction – two boys carrying the resentment of many.

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