The Kindness Gym

The Kindness Gym
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Since August, I have been working out at a fitness center three times a week. I lift and haul, flex and stretch, pump and press. Over time, the weights I use have gotten heavier, the number of reps has increased and I feel my muscles strengthen, my capacity and...
On Depraved Hearts

On Depraved Hearts
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When I heard the charge of “depraved heart” murder against Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr, I had to look up the legal meaning of the term. In the context of the U.S. criminal justice system, “a callous disregard for the value of human...
On Emergence

On Emergence
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Emergence is a pretty constant topic in religious circles these days. The focus tends to primarily be on whether a culturally sensitive emergent / emerging church can reach “unchurched” folks or the “nones.” The UUA even launched its Emerging...
On White People Loving Themselves

On White People Loving Themselves
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I recently encountered a letter James Baldwin wrote to Angela Davis in 1970 in reference to a Newsweek cover story. I have been mulling over it since. In particular, I was struck by this: White people will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love...
What is Ministry?

What is Ministry?
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As an ordained minister, I know that ministry includes much more than the work of clergy. In Anyone’s Ministry by Gordon B. McKeeman I encountered definitions and descriptions of ministry resonant with my own. According to McKeeman: Ministry is a quality of...