If Jesus Attended the World Economic Forum

Global political and business leaders are gathering this week (Jan. 23-26, 2018) in Davos, Switzerland for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The agenda will cover a wide-range of issues on industry, geostrategy, economics, environment, and more. These leaders meet at a time when the wealth gap continues ...
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Love is the Imitation of God

Jesus in the Gospel of John has been on my mind a lot. Partly because I will facilitate an online discussion for Lent using Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John produced by the Society of Saint John the Evangelists (SSJE) and Virginia Theological Seminary. The other reason is that ...
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Women Marched with Jesus

More than a million women marched this past weekend in continued resistance of President Trump and advancing the political power of diverse women across the country. The march came a year after the first women's march was held following Trump's inauguration in January 2017. More than marches, this is a ...
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‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Lessons from the Gospel of John

After reading President Trump's racist and vulgar comment about "s##thole countries"  I almost immediately thought about the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday. Nathanael's initial response about Jesus has something to teach us in this moment. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses ...
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Interim (Transition) Ministry

In April 2017 I attended training as an Interim priest through the Interim Ministry Network (IMN). For members of congregations who have experienced intentional Interim (transition) ministry, you probably have a good idea of what it involves. If you have not -- or it has been many years since your ...
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Reclaiming Ethical Economics – Moral Economy Series Part 7

Ethical Economics is not a purely Christian endeavor. In fact, one need not be Christian to be a proponent of ethical economics. One, does, however, need to recognize there is a moral or ethical component to economic study and decision-making. Economics was originally considered a part of moral philosophy and ...
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Economic Witness of the Early Church – Moral Economy Series Part 6

Early Christian Communities & the Poor Early Christian communities took quite seriously their responsibility in caring for one another and others in need. This does not mean that they always got it right – as many of the Epistles address, but they often were intentional communities of faith that are ...
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Jesus and a Gospel of Economic Justice – Moral Economy Series Part 5

Jesus: Good News to the Poor In the gospels we find that God’s concern for the conditions of the poor, vulnerable, and oppressed has not changed. Neither has God’s demand for justice. Jesus’ teachings and manner of life indicate that resources must be shared more equitably by creating access to ...
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Social Science Context of the New Testament – Moral Economy Series Part 4

In the United States we have a clear separation of church and state. Since the 18th century, Western society has cultivated distinctions between family (kinship), economics, politics, and religion. Such distinctions were unknown to society depicted in the New Testament. Jesus, and his disciples who formed the Church, could not ...
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