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Pointing Fingers Just Won’t Cut It

This blog post was originally written in the Spring of 2014 but has since been revised. While this particular topic might feel a bit dated for myself, I realize this is not dated for so many and felt it important to still share. Earlier this year the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) released […]

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The World is on Fire, so I rode The Ark

On Sunday, September 21, I was blessed to be asked to join The Ark, organized by Auburn Seminary and Groundswell (with help from lots of named and unnamed supporters) for the People’s Climate March. The New York Times found it an “odd juxtaposition,” that so many faith groups were next to one another, missing the […]

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Embracing Vulnerability in Interfaith Preaching

I asked the person at the church who scheduled me: Are you sure you want me to talk about Christianity? Will it be okay if I talk about Jesus and Mary, the Mother of God? While my journey towards ordination as a United Church of Christ minister is far from complete, I had the good fortune recently to serve […]

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A day's harvest

Overabundance

As autumn settles into the trees, changing bright green to the yellow, orange, and red rainbow of fall, I always get a little sad. Summer is by far my favorite season, all heat and sun, with air so heavy that it settles on you like an embrace. However, my one consolation when summer ends is […]

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Out of the Bible Belt and into Coexistence

Managing Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. I grew up in South Carolina. Yes, the first state to secede from the Union. The […]

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I am ي، ن، ر

It is obvious that most Muslims across the world find the actions of the so-called “Islamic State” abhorrent; from condemnation in the US and UK, to satire in the Middle East, there is no point in elaborating my own personal opposition to them. However, while they may denigrate the name of the religion, and spitting […]

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Online media sources contributing to an understanding of religion.

According to News Sources, Religion is…

Religion is monotheistic-centric, heavily associated with violence, and in a continuous battle with secularization…according to our news outlets.  On September 17, 2014, I visited the websites of major American news outlets’ websites including CNN, FoxNews, msnbc, HuffingtonPost, and ABC with a simple objective: to analyze what was being disseminated as “religion,” discover what was newsworthy […]

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Letting our Differences Breathe

After publishing new works, many scholars and cultural commentators will tour the country eager to educate a larger and more diverse audience about their research and philosophy, and they often find that audiences almost exclusively consist of people who already agree with them. This experience is not unique to lecturers. We are all more likely […]

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Idolatry and Islamophobia

Charisma magazine has taken down Gary Cass’ original call for Christians to take up arms against Islam in response to public outcry, but Cass remains unrepentant. Most bad arguments don’t lead to calls for genocide, but there’s a connection between the violence of Cass’ argument and the violence of his conclusion.

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Rage, rage (against the dying of the light)

A year or two ago, I studied under a professor who somehow know just which buttons to push to transform my serene, scholarly public self into a senseless wreck.  Admittedly, that public persona was a very thin layer at the time, but more than anyone else, his words were the venom to set my skin […]

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