The Church is Failing the Gun Debate—and Young Men

the church is failing its men—especially young men. There are a many young men who are aimless, uncertain and who feel something is lacking. They are looking for meaning and purpose in life. They may not even know they are searching. Doesn’t this describe each of us at some point in our lives?

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My Piece and My Peace: The Autobiography of Brandon A. Rowell

At the age of thirty-four, I am less bothered by the fact that I have to move back in with my parents than by the circumstances leading to the change.

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For Love of Hussain (A.S.)

“For the Love of Hussain (A.S.)” recounts the reflections and experiences of a Christian Pastor from America on the fifty-mile walk from Najaf to Karbala, Iraq for Arbaeen in October 2018.

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From the Inside Looking Out

I had always thought of myself as tough, like one of the people who could survive almost anything. I have a time or two wondered if I could be as tough and strong as someone like Elie Wiesel was, while in a Nazi concentration camp. But more often than not, I’m not so sure.

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I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader

I Found God in Me is the first womanist biblical hermeneutics reader. In it readers have access, in one volume, to articles on womanist interpretative theories and theology as well as cutting-edge womanist readings of biblical texts by womanist biblical scholars.

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Why do we act and speak as if faith is the same as empirical knowing?

If our knowledge of God can only be accessed through faith, and if the divinity of Jesus can only be affirmed through faith, why do we act and speak as if faith is the same as empirical knowing?

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My story of abuse and disconnection with body

It’s a been long summer! One filled with a lot of reflection and thought. And over these last few months, I’ve felt stirred to speak about things I’ve been quiet about. One thing I’ve been quiet about has been abuse.

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Politics and our most personal issues.

Several years ago, I was interviewed at a pro-choice event for Republicans. Being well past any likelihood of pregnancy, I linked my concern about my right to die with my right to decide about my fertility.

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Ntozake Shange – A Laying on of Hands / I Found God in Myself

With Ntozake Shange

The finale of her 1976 coreopoem “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” performed by the whole cast. Music by Diana Wharton.

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Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice

In an age in which women’s reproductive rights are increasingly under attack, a minister and ethicist offers a stirring argument that abortion can be a moral good

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Reincarnation and life after death.

Much has been written about Reincarnation and previous lives.  I think a current summary discussion of life after death would be beneficial from a scholar who has studied the authoritative reincarnation stories. 

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Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider

“Ingenuity” introduces a theology and practice of preaching that emerges from the faith and wisdom of black women. Preaching has been resourced and taught from a narrow field of cultural or gendered experiences, historically. Without much support from established channels, black women are left to “figure it out” on their own, and others discern how to preach from a limiting scope.

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Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith

Bipolar Faith is both a spiritual autobiography and a memoir of mental illness. In this powerful book, Monica Coleman shares her life-long dance with trauma, depression, and the threat of death.

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A Call to Joy: Celebrating the God of Unconditional Love

Do you have questions about certain religious beliefs you’ve been taught? Are you confused about what God wants or doesn’t want? Do you know why you are here and what this lifetime is for? Have you ever questioned what you believe? If so, then you are being nudged to a greater depth of spirituality and it may be no accident that you were led to a book like this.

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Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World

By Brian D. McLaren

When four religious leaders walk across the road, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of one of the most important conversations in today’s world.

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AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a controversial project that brings fracked crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa and eventually to Illinois. The Standing Rock Tribe and people all over the world oppose the project because the pipeline runs under the Missouri river, a source of drinking water for over 18 million people, and pipeline leaks are commonplace.

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A Crisis of Fault-finding, Narcissism, and Dishonesty

Americans have been losing confidence in our political and religious institutions since the 1960s. The fundamental reason is well-founded suspicions of dishonesty among political and religious leaders. Outright lying was not always the problem, rather it was failure of courage to acknowledge political and religious truths that became increasingly obvious despite efforts to deny or obfuscate.

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The Spiritual Discipline of “Resist”

Finding peace through social justice.

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