Category: Politics

Help My Unbelief

By Cathy Norman Peterson After 9/11 I remember tearing up listening to the words of “America the Beautiful.” In those days of shared national tragedy and mourning, asking God to shed his grace on all of us together was a prayer that rose up from the depths of darkness and ashes. It felt appropriate and…

No matter who’s in the White House

By Leeann R, Younger Well, thank God it’s finally over.  Eighteen months of campaign speeches and debates and political commercials have FINALLY come to a screeching halt.  Last Tuesday you may have seen your candidate rise in victory. Or you may have seen your candidate go down in defeat. If you are a third-party supporter,…

When what you fear is true

“Despite (or because of) privilege, we live in a dangerous world of brutality, force, and threat. We are surrounded by terrorism, war, abuse, exploitation, and death. Evil is rampant, and fear too easily pervades. Despair overtakes us when we realize that our lives are not free of danger. Yet we are not always the innocent…

I’ma sit this one out

On December 1, 1955, a tired Rosa Louise Parks took a seat on a bus and kept that seat even though the overcrowding left white people standing in the aisles. The driver stopped the bus. “Why don’t you stand up?” he asked Rosa. She replied, “I don’t think I should have to stand up.” Rosa…

Evangelicalism Be Damned

As this election season has blossomed I have watched with, at first, irritation, then frustration, and now alarm as the press regularly uses the term “evangelical Christian” with its implied fundamentalist and Republican subtitle, as the banner under which all who follow Christ will vote. It is not that I decry fundamentalism or Republicans.  My…

The Politics of Protesting

By Jen Gillan Last week someone left me a brief message on my Facebook wall. It simply read, “F.Y.I.” and had an attachment with information regarding a day of protest in Chicago. I chuckled to myself. In the last couple of months, through conversations or pictures on social media, some people have come to view…