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God and Guns

COMMENTARY  |  Convergence Network

Riverside Church in the City of New York, in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, hosts "God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence", an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders. Interview segments include Rev. Rachel Johnson, Rev. Rob Schenck, Lucy McBath, and Abigail Disney (director of the documentary film "Armor Of Light"). Filmed & edited for Manhattan Neighborhood Network....

Commentary on John 4:5-42

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

John 4 represents the founding narrative for the presence of a considerable number of Samaritans in the Johannine community....

A City Called Heaven by Paul Bellan-Boyer

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Mark 1:1-15 Psalm 57 Timothy 4: 6-11,18 Isaiah 52:7-10

City Called Heaven Blog Post
By Paul Bellan-Boyer
The Beginning of the Good News- a message from Mark! ...

Parker Palmer: FIVE HABITS OF THE HEART

COMMENTARY  |  Parker Palmer

Parker Palmer Five Habits of the Heart
http://www.couragerenewal.org/habitsoftheheart/
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The Relational Body

COMMENTARY  |  Søren Lorenzen

Isaiah 40 - 66

This resource is a short analysis on the concept of name in Isa 40-66. It reveals how human beings universally are called by name, given an ultimate narrative and is deemed honorable by sheer existence. Further, it illuminates how human beings are intersubjectively connected and are responsible for each other in our differing proximate contexts....

It Has Been Accomplished

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 19:27-30

In this short article, Herman Waetjen explores the last moments of Jesus' life on the cross, reflecting on how the cross brings the new creation that is longed for throughout scripture....

The Secret Question: Who is the Enemy?

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

John 11:1-44

In this article, Herman Waetjen explores the connections between resurrection and love of enemy, showing how resurrection, experienced here and now, liberates us from eye for an eye thinking....

We Are the People of the Eighth Day

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

Mark 1:1-11

In this article, Herman Waetjen looks at the baptism of Jesus, and how it urges us to see ourselves in the same light: “You are my beloved daughter, you are my beloved son, in you I am well pleased.”   ...

No, We Don't Worship The Same God (Do We?)

COMMENTARY  |  BrandanRobertson

A brief article about the unique conceptions of God that each person creates and how we must learn to live in theological humility. ...

Just Don’t Do It! Or Twice the Sons of Hell

COMMENTARY  |  Floyd Thompkins

Matthew 23:15 Romans 8:1

Any sentence that starts with “If I were them” will end in a self-righteous and conceited place. The plain facts are that we are not they; we don’t know what we would do! We just boost about pretend courage without paying the price of real world circumstances. The only thing that is real, relevant and therefore important is our reaction to people or persons who made decisions that they now know were bad, ill advised or destructive. This will tell them who we are! 
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Called For a Purpose: podcast

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Isaiah 42:1-9

https://faithelement.net/9-03-called-for-a-purpose/

We feel acceptable or unacceptable in God's Eyes... A podcast on perspective regarding who God loves. ...

You Are What You Eat: The Body of Christ

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 6:51-52, Ezekiel 3:1-4

http://sacredise.com/articles/articles-title/you-are-what-you-eat/

John van de Laar writes about mindful eating, communion and Ezekiel 3....

Podcast: Interfaith: Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Christopher Columbus

COMMENTARY  |  Brian McLaren

http://mcconline.org/series/brian-mclaren/

A Podcast on Interfaith dialogue...

Ascension: Why are you Gazing at the Sky

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Acts 1:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14

https://joshuaadamscott.com/2017/05/25/why-are-you-gazing-at-the-sky/

Ascension: Gazing at the Sky and finding Jesus...

Comparalized: How You Feel About Others

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

John 21: 18-22, I Peter 4: 12-16,

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/5/14/comparalyzed

Pete Shaw of Crosswalk Church in Napa looks at how easy, and unhelpful, it is to compare ourselves to others....

An Open Letter From Millenial

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Faith and Aging

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Voices in Wartime

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

http://voicesinwartime.org

Video about Poems for Peace and War...

What the Bible Says About How to Treat Refugees

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

12 passages that discuss how Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help, compiled by Jesse Carey, editor at RELEVANT...

From Diversity to Pluralism

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

"All of America’s diversity, old and new, does not add up to pluralism." 

This article, presented by The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, explores the concept of pluralism and why it is important in the United States today....

How White People Gather to Undermine White Supremacy

COMMENTARY  |  This We Affirm

Rebecca Todd Peters on the To Do Justice blog discusses the importance of white people understanding their racial privilege and what our responsibility is because of it....

Pluralism Episode 1: The Faith of Jesus In a Pluralistic World

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Increasingly, people are recognizing that the survival of the human race depends upon adherents of the major world religions coexisting peacefully with one another. Yet many Christians wonder how peace is possible apart from conversion to Christianity, particularly in light of Jesus’ statement, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Is it possible to take these words seriously without denying the existence of other paths God may create for humanity? The very future of Christianity and civilization may depend upon our answer. In this series, we will discover how this question is being answered and lived in surprising and hopeful ways.

Episode one of this series is available free to This We Affirm subscribers.
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Listen: Episode 1—Finding Your Cave

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

The first episode of Darkwood Brew's Listen series looks at many ways that the voice of God speaks to us, and explores things we can do to strengthen that connection. From meditation and music to study and social action, Listen looks for the voice of the spirit… and finds it active in surprising places....

Creation Episode 1: On Earth as it is in Heaven

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Are we blessing the Earth or destroying it? Modern science and ancient Celtic Christianity both suggest a better way of being – exercising an ethic of stewardship, not dominion. Watch the first episode of “On Earth As it Is In Heaven,” a provocative seven-week Darkwood Brew series, produced in conjunction with the United Church of Christ’s Mission 4/1 Earth....

Creativity Episode 1: Drawn In

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Brian McLaren calls Troy Bronsink’s book, Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists and Jesus Followers, a “fresh vision of God that draws us into a new way of being.” The first episode of the Creativity series features in-depth conversations between Troy Bronsink and Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D.. We explore how God’s rhythms are manifest in creative life that is as sincere, vibrant, and artful as it is faithful to the scriptures, and we present concrete ways to find connection with the Holy. ...

Inclusion Episode 1: Hookers, Looters and Cheats

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Episode one of a series that looks at the most extreme outcasts in the Gospels in order to explore the question: If Jesus treated “X,Y, and Z persons” this way, then how can we treat “A, B, and C persons” with less respect than Jesus did these others?
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Justice Episode 1: For the Love of God

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

What does the Bible say about God’s love? Who does God love? What is God’s love? How can we love each other because “God first loved us?” This is the first episode in a series that explores the story of God’s love in the Bible, how it relates to how we love each other, especially talking about homosexuality. Darkwood Brew probes this important topic, and this provocative six-session series focuses on God’s love, the Bible, and homosexuality....

Prophetic Voice Episode 1: Prophetically Incorrect

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Pop quiz: What does an 8th Century Jewish shepherd have to say about the modern economy, the 1%, and politics as usual? Join Darkwood Brew’s Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. for the first episode of an in-depth conversation with Frank Schaeffer as they explore the precarious art of prophecy in Amos’ day, and in our own....

Humility Episode 1: The Great Convergence

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

In the past few decades, a new historical trend has been quietly playing out. Refugees from Christian liberalism and conservatism have been finding each other in a powerful Great Convergence. This convergence isn’t a watered-down attempt to find “middle ground” for the sake of getting along. Instead, it is a dynamic and sometimes chaotic journey through a new wilderness, where those alienated or estranged from their native traditions on the Left and the Right are drawn to find ancient Biblical faith that works in the modern world. The first episode of this eight-part series, lead by Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D., finds deep meaning and hope in what this unlikely group of fellow travelers is learning along the way....

Eternity Episode 1: Failing, Falling, and Flying

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional. This in the first episode in a series that will challenge what you think you know about seemingly familiar stories and includes guests Kevin Miller, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Reinhilde Ruprecht, Terence Fretheim, Chip Bouzard, and Beth Johnson. Spoiler alert: There’s way more grace there than you think....

Science Episode 1: Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

In partnership with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago as well as with the Clergy Letter Project, this is the first episode in a series that explores how recent scientific theories about the creation and evolution of the universe can help us re-imagine the universe and our place within it....

Self-Care Episode 1: Busy—Restoring Connection to an Unhurried God

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” If it seems like the world keeps moving faster, and you along with it, there is another way. This is the first episode in a six-part series lead by Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. that explores the personal and spiritual benefits that come with slowing things down and aligning ourselves to God’s time. You’ll feel better, connect more fully, realize what’s important and maybe even get more done.
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Purpose Episode 1: Vocatio—Finding and Doing What Brings You Fully Alive

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

“Vocatio” refers to a calling into our life’s work. This is the first episode of an eight-part series that features people from a variety of professions reflecting on their sense of “call,” how they responded to it, and what it means both for them and those they interact with and influence. Explore the ways that finding your “sweet spot” – the work in your life that brings you most fully alive – is a deep spiritual practice with ancient Christian roots, and possibly even an accelerant for the work of the Spirit in our world today. Because this series explores vocatio through the lens of each of the seven “Dark Wood gifts” identified in Dr. Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers), it is a great follow-up to our” Gifts of the Dark Wood” series, or accompaniment to those reading the book. This series stands great on its own, too....

A Post-Modern Reading of Paul's Letter to the Romans

COMMENTARY  |  Herman Waetjen

Romans

An essay that summarizes a subjective and objective reading of Paul's Letter to the Romans.  It combines a hermeneutics of disclosure with the hermeneutics of the correspondence theory of truth....

Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation (Book Excerpt)

COMMENTARY  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Micah 4:6

This book is a powerful expression of Jesus Christ given in the midst of the brokenness and hostilities of this world, as experienced by those who are marginalized and persecuted in contemporary society. Drawing on broader sources in the Christian tradition, Farley maintains the power of Jesus of Nazareth as the expression of the Divine Eros in Wisdom, to break powers of sin, and provide a vision of life, which is an alternative Empire to present ways and where love reigns as norm.

Considered a leading theologian, Wendy Farley has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.P Farley received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and now teaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary....

Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy (Book Excerpt)

COMMENTARY  |  San Francisco Theological Seminary

Offering an alternative to classic Christian theodicies (justification of God's goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil), Wendy Farley interprets the problem of evil and suffering within a tragic context, advocating compassion to describe the power of God in the struggle against evil. In chapter five, included here, Dr. Farley discusses Divine Compassion and the Problem of Evil.

Considered a leading theologian, Wendy Farley has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices.Professor Farley received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and now teaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary. ...

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