Meeting on Common Ground of Our Vulnerability

To say the obvious: We live in a time of upheaval and confusion. In response, many people want the church to insulate them from ambiguity and shelter them from anxiety; they want it to be a place where hard questions don’t intrude and disagreements don’t...

How You Can End the Us-vs.-Them War

While in the religion section of Barnes and Noble recently, I found two books that struck me as indicative of America at this juncture. One was titled “Why the Christian Right Is Wrong,” and the other was “God’s Own Party: The Making of the...

Your Church’s Choice: Common Ground or Conflict

Barbara Brown Taylor recounts in her book, “Leaving Church,” her time as a parish minister serving in rural Georgia. “In a big city they might have found homes in five markedly different parishes, but in a county with only one Episcopal church they...

Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims

During the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East. The presentations came during a joint session on Monday of two BWA...