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Columbus Day: What Can We Hold in Common?

So a discussion ensued over the meaning of Columbus Day, not just it’s meaning, but a broader discussion on our national symbols, institutions, and myths. Are there common stories left that bind us as a people? Can we develop better stories than we’ve relied on in the past? Can we re-envision the old stories? Or […]

A look at the UCC Statement of Faith

  To examine the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith is not so much to examine a creed which binds all members and determines who is in and out of the community. Rather it is to examine a testimony of faith. In that, this statement invites us to consider our own faith and gives […]

Bad Theology in the Nashville Statement

So major evangelical leaders came together to produce a statement on “biblical sexuality.” But there were Catholic and mainline Protestant signers of the Nashville Statement. So while the problems with this statement are concentrated in evangelicalism, they are in fact problems that affects a much wider swath of the church. Much of the press coverage […]

5 Marks of Theological Liberalism: a Liberal Responds

This post is written largely in response to Morgan Guyton, a UMC campus minister, who steers a path between religious liberalism and conservative evangelicalism as he responds to a piece titled 5 Marks of Theological Liberalism. His responses are well written and there’s a lot to agree with. But given that I identify as a […]

A Gay, Liberal Protestant Reads the Benedict Option Vol 1

Rod Dreher, an Eastern Orthodox writer, has written the Benedict Option. A book of counsel for fellow social conservatives, in particular those he considers small o orthodox. That counsel is partially based on responding to the shift in our society towards LGBT inclusion, the rise of the nones, and the political fragmentation of a society that no […]

The Easter of Democracy: Lincoln at Gettysburg

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Few words are more well known. I love the speeches of Lincoln. While this speech may not be his greatest, I think that in many […]

The PC Charge

While some liberal commentators assume that the politically correct (PC) charge is a way to deflect from those wanting to buttress racism or some other ism I think the effect of the charge is wider, more pernicious. I have come to think of it as means to dismiss any opinion if it is currently identified […]

Claiming my Heresy

A United Methodist pastor is writing a series on the most common heresies. Since I fit a number of them, I thought I’d offer my own reflections on the topic. Since he suggests to “just to admit you’re a heretic” I thought I would and given that he suggests I ought to “repent” I thought […]

Confessions: I Don’t Belong

  I have felt this way for a long time about many things. I don’t belong. I am a Mormon liberal who more and more finds myself still unorthodox…but very much at odds with most other Mormon liberals. I don’t belong. I am a white teacher at an urban school. I don’t belong. I am […]

A Response to Spong’s Reformation Proposal

John Shelby Spong, the retired Episcopal bishop of Newark, has figured prominently in my own religious history. I was a freshman in college when the book Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism came out. As I was wrestling with my own doubts, it was important that a bishop in the church could articulate those doubts. And […]

Science and God: They are the Same (sort of)

A recent post on the NPR subsidiary blog 13.7 Cosmos & Culture asks a complicated question about how or why one chooses religion over science or views the two as not mutually exclusive. Marcelo Gleiser’s “The Need To Believe: Where Does It Come From?” never really provides an answer, though it offers considerations from both […]

Happy Bastille Day! #rush #bastilleday

There’s no bread, let them eat cake There’s no end to what they’ll take Flaunt the fruits of noble birth Wash the salt into the earth But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent The king will kneel and let his kingdom rise Bloodstained […]