Opinion: Toward a profound emergence January 19, 2010
I believe we now live in a time in which we are experiencing an enormous shift in the Christian faith – one that is moving us into both an exit and a profound emergence.
Opinion: Building the beautiful January 11, 2010
"Manhattan is an island of churches." So writes Holland Cotter, a New York Times art critic, in a story about some of the most magisterial and magnificent churches of the city.
Opinion: I hope you dance January 4, 2010
You can imagine my groan when I received the email from United Church News Editor, the Rev. Gregg Brekke, giving me the dates in 2010 that I am to have opinion articles ready for publication.
Opinion: Christians must unite against anti-gay bill in Uganda December 29, 2009
Before October, I don't believe I could have pointed out Uganda on a map, but since the introduction of an "anti-homosexuality" bill into its legislature, more and more people are becoming intimately familiar with this East African country.
Opinion: Time for an exit strategy December 21, 2009
I've heard pastors and church leaders tell stories about the days when the worship services were packed, the Sunday School did not have enough classrooms for all of the kids, and the fellowship hall was filled with people two times over with the famous corned beef, spaghetti or turkey dinner the women's group prepared.
Opinion: The crisis of choice December 7, 2009
The birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, are, taken together, the ultimate crisis – the ultimate judgment, the ultimate choice.
Opinion: It starts with community November 23, 2009
As we build community we tell the story of the church. To tell the story of the church we need to tell our faith stories to each other and to those who are now strangers but may become fellow travelers, members of our community.