Posts Categorized: Diversity

Writing in the Margins

Forced Ecclesiastical Assimilation? by Antonio ‘Tony’ Aja   I am an immigrant and a former refugee. I came from Cuba to the U.S. via Spain in the late ’60s. I belong to that group of people from the “Global South’’ who began to migrate to this country by the millions after the liberalization of the… Read more »

The Church for Today

Mystery Box Outsiders wonder what’s inside church  by Richard Hong   I used to live near a business that had an innocuous name – I forget what it was. There would usually be just a few cars parked outside. The windows had blinds covering them. I never figured out what it was. Was it a… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

Come and see A Revised Common Lectionary resource for January 14 by Magdalena I. García Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ – John 1:46 Read the full lectionary passage here Come and see! It’s the challenge that Nathanael from Phillip received and the… Read more »

The Unglued Church

Can We Talk About Sexism? In #metoo conversations, the church can do better by Susan Rothenberg   Here’s a statistic that you may or may not find startling. A study by PC(USA) Research Services in 2016 revealed 84% of female teaching elders have experienced discrimination, prejudice or harassment based upon their gender. Yet, 48% of male… Read more »

The Unglued Church

Building new ramps Can we connect people who love God but not church?  By Susan Rothenberg   One of the reasons I am grateful for Facebook, despite its dastardly power to distract me from the useful tasks I should be doing, is that social media has reacquainted me with people I haven’t seen nor heard… Read more »

Living in Between

A psalmist in the pews? Finding places for different voices By Abby King-Kaiser  This Sunday, a student came up to me after worship with a serious look on her face. Very serious. I-have-something-to-say serious. She spent has spent this year as a small group leader, our first small group in Common Ground, our Protestant worship… Read more »

A mote in Minerva’s eye

Freedom from the Culture Our identity is in Christ By Anita Coleman As the long, hot days of summer come to an end and the election for our President draws to a close, I find myself remembering my summer of The Alhambra de Granada. Its Arabic name, Qa’lat al-Hamra, means Red Castle. Perhaps the reddish… Read more »

A mote in Minerva’s eye

The tapestry: My anti-racism story Seeing a gap in the way racial issues are categorized by Anita Coleman My eyes opened to another perfect California day. The usual cool, foggy marine layer that coastal California tends to get in June was missing but my day soon turned cloudy anyway. That was the morning, Thursday June… Read more »

justleros: more than nonsense / más que disparates

You can’t go through life A prayer poem to reflect on the mass shooting in Orlando by Magdalena I. García By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.  Galatians 5:22–23 You can’t go through life sowing seeds of… Read more »

One Church, Many Voices

We are living our love of Christ out loud. Our faith may be personal, but it’s not private. How we live it and wield it publicly matters.

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