As we approach the beginning of Lent I am reminded of how difficult it can be to find a litany for Ash Wednesday...
Hey friends! I hope this finds you well. I wanted to pass along an article that our friend, Brian McLaren (thank you, Brian!), wrote for the Christian Century last month. We are so honored and excited that he chose to include Morgantown Community Church in this piece about holding the tension of various viewpoints and perspectives, … Continue reading Ever Heard of a Purple Church?
This year I created a litany for our Ash Wednesday gathering at MCC. I felt compelled to do this, because many of the confessions that are available (to my knowledge) tend to be anti-human. They play into a negative and unhelpful theology that says being human is a bad thing. Yet, in the scriptures, God … Continue reading Letting Go & Letting Come: An Ash Wednesday Litany
Here we are. November 9th, 2016. The morning after. Like many of you, I'm sure, I watched the election results pour in until the wee hours of the morning. I expected a close contest, but also like many of you, I didn't expect such an emphatic electoral college win for Donald Trump. So, here we … Continue reading It’s the morning after, and I’m doubling down on a few things…
We have an addiction to power. The "we" here is fluid; you can plug in many different words into that placeholder and it will still be a true statement. Americans have an addiction to power. Christians have an addiction to power. Politicians have an addiction to power. See? It works. This addiction leads to lots … Continue reading The Strength of Weakness
Pew Research Center (PRC) released a study last year that covered a seven year span, from 2007 to 2014. According to the study, in that seven year period, the Christian share of the population fell from 78.4% to 70.6%. That’s a 7.8% drop in seven years. Yet, that’s still 7 in 10 Americans who identify with some branch of … Continue reading Freedom of Religion*
The voices that shaped my earliest religious memories were well intended. They passed on to me the understandings and traditions that had been handed to them by their parents and grandparents, pastors and Sunday school teachers. I say this as a preamble, a disclaimer of sorts, because I do value those people and places that … Continue reading Of This, I Am Certain: Letting Go of What We Can’t Have and Don’t Need