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A Gathering Voices Post by Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann The first few moments of American Sniper contain the Islamic adhan, or call to prayer. I wonder how many filmgoers know they are being invited to pray? After all, Allah is the same God that many Americans worship. Our Arab Christian... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann In mid-January, it was announced that the North Miami Beach police were using mugshots of African-American males for target practice. To add insult to injury, the person who discovered the targets, Sgt. Valerie Deant of the Florida National Guard, recognized a... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann My daughter is a wonderfully sweet and naïve eleven-year-old. Our church recently had a “Mario” themed float in the local Halloween parade. My wife and I reluctantly took Chelsea to a local Halloween costume store—the kind that are seasonal and pop... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Nikkita Oliver Last fall I attended the "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit at the Seattle Center as part of an outing with the Krista Foundation. Inside I found myself at a unique and very relevant display. It contained photos of numerous sports mascots; all... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop Imagine putting a woman in every single seat of the four home stadiums of the teams my husband, John, coached for during his NFL tenure. We would only have a fraction of the women we need to equal the number of... Continue reading
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A Post by Presbyterian Peacemaking Program (This content was originally posted on TriggerDoc.com) The disaster caused by gun violence can be seen in almost every community. We may hear briefly about the victims and survivors of these shootings, but what happens after the media attention moves on and the wider... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices post by Matt Goldberg Are you celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year with Jewish friends and neighbors? If so, here are some facts about the holiday to help you prepare for the celebration: 1. The service at Synagogue is unique. Jewish services differ (to varying degrees depending on... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann In Matthew 18: 21-22, Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone. Peter believes he is being generous when he throws out, “Seven times?” Jesus once again trumps Peter’s piety by raising the bar—77 times. This is what forgiveness... Continue reading
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A Post by Jennifer Harvey (This content was originally posted on The Blog at Huffington Post Politics.) This post is mostly for other white Christians. It's not about what we should all be doing today in response to what's happening in #Ferguson and dozens of other cities today. Nearly two... Continue reading
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This blog post was originally a sermon preached on August 17, 2014, at Covenant Community Church of Louisville, Ky. by Rev. Mamie Broadhurst. Photo from the Louisville "Moment of Silence" (in which Rev. Mamie Broadhurst participated.) Photo Credit: Erin Woggon This has been one hell of a week. Quite frankly... Continue reading
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A Gathering Voices Post by Leslie D. Callahan “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain... Continue reading
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A Post by Sarah Lund (This content was originally posted on sarahgriffithlund.com) Robin Williams lived a life that brought laughter and joy to millions through his comedy and acting. He died at his home from suicide on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the age 63. He battled a brain disease... Continue reading
A Gathering Voices post by Grayde Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly Discerning the will of God is a humbling and mighty task. It requires prayer, dialogue, contemplation and even worship to understand the Holy One’s will. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gathered to take up that task June 14-21,... Continue reading
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