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Commentary: Woe to the Unambitious: Greta as Prophet

Prophets provoke a reckoning, a moment of truth that cannot be denied. The illusion of righteousness is dispelled. The mask of insincerity is ripped away. The mirror is held aloft, and we must consider our reflection without lie or deception. The complacency of the cautious and circumspect remains tenable no …

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Commentary: How long, O God?

An article about the prevalence of rape in the U.S. recently came across my news feed. I’m not surprised to see an uptick in reporting about sexual violence as we approach the first anniversary of the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault. One …

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Commentary: Supporting our Schools

On September 11, the national staff of the United Church of Christ participated in a day of community service. Several of us went to Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K), whose mission is to improve K-8 attendance by eliminating barriers due to lack of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. It …

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Commentary: The No Ban Act

I made a visit to Senator Portman’s office recently. It was an opportunity to ask him to support HR 2214, known as the No Ban Act. With me on the visit were Peter Makari, Area Coordinator for our mission partners in Europe and the Middle East, and Karen Georgia Thompson, …

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Commentary: Not a Place for Guns

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.” (Psalm 23:4, NASB) The tragedy of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut occurred during my first year as a local church pastor in New England. The Sunday following …

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Commentary: Finding Freedom Among Wild Things

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of traveling with UCC National staff colleagues to the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Together, we hosted the UCC hospitality tent and met many incredible human beings who had traveled near and far to attend this eccentric gathering at …

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