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An Occupied Cross Before an Empty Tomb
Originally Posted: 04/19/2014 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

But here’s the truth of what I’ve learned about cynicism and what I know about the cross. Cynicism is often masked as wisdom. “I’ve been here,” it says. “I know how things go. They don’t ever change.” It procl ...

Holy Week: Journeying from Empire to Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/15/2014 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

We are empire, my friends. We are Judas. And Jesus is speaking directly to us with his words and actions, offering us salvation from the powers that will ultimately kill even him. ...

Making a Difference through Love — and Red Plastic Diamonds
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

At 5 a.m. on a Friday last August, 20-year-old Joshua Jank’s condition was worsening. Nurses at his hospice home in Fort Wayne, Ind. told his mother to gather anyone who wanted to say a last goodbye. ...

Not This Time -- A Reflection on the Resurrection of Lazarus
Originally Posted: 04/08/2014 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Life is stronger than death, that love is stronger than hate, that resurrection is possible through the Living Word of God. Editor's Note: This post is adapted from a sermo ...

Part I: Remembering That Out of Death Comes Life
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

No matter how many questions I ask, how many stories I listen to, how many fragments of bones I see, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand how in just one hundred days, close to one million people were ...

Artist Statement: About the 'On Pilgrimage' Series
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 6:47am | Type: Blog

On pilgrimage, I’ve learned that experiencing the brokenness of the world leads to a greater sense of internal healing. As I’ve begun to find healing in these paradoxical stories, my hope is that together we w ...

Holding On and Letting Go
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 9:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Belinda Acosta In a death-denying culture, how do we learn to accompany the dying and the grieving? I WAS PRE ...

The Dead Don’t Die; They Just Reboot
Originally Posted: 04/01/2014 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

It seems like the stuff of science fiction, to consider the possibility of people uploading the entirety of their life experience, or even some iteration of what we understand to be their consciousness, to a n ...

Death and Dying Resources
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 11:09am | Type: Magazine Article

Kara Lofton Resources for living well in the midst of death and grief. Death is the inevitable end to our liv ...

Hate Won't Win
Originally Posted: 03/21/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

Fred Phelps died early Thursday morning. Fred Phelps  died  early Thursday morning. Phelps was best known for his deeply rooted hatred and promulgating the tasteless sloga ...

Funeral Director Caleb Wilde Posts Irreverent Thoughts on Death
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreetly making burial arrangements and guiding survivors in a time of loss. Most days, Caleb Wilde is a funeral director, discreet ...

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Invaluable Gift: Revealing Our Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/04/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Blog

Hoffman gave us an invaluable gift. He revealed to us the humanity of our scapegoats. We couldn’t unite in hatred against his characters because they were complicated; indeed, because they were human. ...

Taking It to the Streets
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Charita Ford Does our theology have anything to say to African-American gang girls? It should. AS I ATTENDED ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams / Social Music by Jon Batiste and Stay ...

Beyond Fire and Brimstone
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian McLaren Jesus' teaching about hell flipped popular imagery of the afterlife upside down—and offered a radical, transformative ...

Life, Death, and Beyond
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

If our subconscious mind already knows the ultimate truth, how do we then live that in our conscious existence? I’ve been thinking about what it means to be chosen, and conversely ...

Stop Comparing Mandela to Jesus, British Journalist Says
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the media to task for comparing South Africa’s first black president to Jesus. ...

Nelson Mandela and the Power of Elders
Originally Posted: 12/06/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

While unusual to found an organization at age 89, even more unusual is founding an organization with the purpose of saving the world at the end of one’s ninth decade. Nelson Mandela never lost hope. ...

Americans Divided on Facing Death: Fight It, Choose It, or Let It Come
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

Death may be inevitable, but one in three Americans – including most blacks and Hispanics – want doctors to never quit fighting it. Death may be inevitable, but one in three Ameri ...

A Pilgrimage Not of Her Choosing
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Debbie McLeod Moonlight Sonata at the Mayo Clinic. Knopf. I CAN’T WRITE a completely unbiased, academic revie ...

What Happens When We Accept Our Own Mortality?
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Knocking on Heaven's Door tells what can happen when a person's mind and body endure a series of shocks that would naturally lead to decline and death — except that, through various technological int ...

Supreme Court Affirms Monks’ Right to Sell Caskets
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Louisiana funeral directors. A group of Catholic ...

Bringing America Back to Life
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

We need a movement of people across this country who refuse to let violence win, a movement of people who refuse to settle for the country as it is and insist on dreaming of the country as it could be. I’m re ...

Why Do Condolence Notes Never Get Easier to Write?
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

As we go through life, most of us manage to acquire some small measure of expertise about daily living. In general, the more times we’ve had to undertake a task, the better we get at it. ...

'God is Good. God is Great. Hope is Eternal:' Lessons in Life and Dying
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

In less than 12 months, we re-established a friendship and Mike and his wife, Nancy, taught me amazing lessons about living with the prospect of dying.   My friend Mike died la ...

Majesty and Tragedy in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

We may be mere specks in the universe, but we are specks imbued with God’s love. We may stand at the mercy of winds and rain, but we find shelter in God’s care. In churches around ...

'Greater Works Than Mine'
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C THE SAGA OF Elijah that we are followin ...

A Mother's Love
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this poem at the cemetery as we laid to rest the ashes of her first-born daughter Katherine (“Katie”). Yesterday Kay Stewart shared this at the c ...

What We Find On Higher Ground
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

Of course the higher ground, the refuge from tragedy, is God’s. People seem to sense that instinctively, regardless of faith tradition. The harder, more humbling realization is that all of it — the flooded pl ...

‘Death Cafes’ Normalize a Difficult, Not Morbid, Topic
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 2:26pm | Type: Blog

The casual get-togethers are held at coffee shops, restaurants and, recently in Atlanta, at the historic Oakland Cemetery. Hosts are social workers and chaplains — no professional association, philosophy, or r ...

Life, Death, Taxes, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/15/2013 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The common good is not only about politics. The common good is about life and how we live it. It is ultimately about how we are all connected. I haven’t written much in the past t ...

And Now for Something Different
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult WHEN A COLLEAGUE told me Sojourners had receive ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church by Sherry Surratt and J ...

From the Archives: April 1985
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Wylie-Kellermann Authority Over Death IN THE EARLY weeks of the Eastertide lectionary, there appears a s ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

'Memento Mori' and Living Today to the Fullest
Originally Posted: 02/18/2013 - 3:11pm | Type: Blog

The Memento mori ("remember you will die") of Ash Wednesday and of a Holy Lent is not a macabre, dark, or morbid reminder. It is our wake up call to live fully in the moment, to live *today* to its f ...

The Anniversary of My Father’s Death
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

I found out that he had died when I crawled from bed at dawn the next morning, yawning and jonesing for cartoons, only to find a bath robed neighbor stoking the fireplace, and my father disappeared into ether. ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

A Scientific Case for the Human Soul?
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

So what happens when someone dies? Hameroff theorizes that the quantum processes previously taking place within the brain rejoin the larger proto-consciousness that exists in the universe. ...

Bishops Blast Coptic Christians Behind Anti-Muslim Film
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 24 countries, and denounced the Copts who reportedly produced and promoted the ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

Life, Death, and Connectedness in the Company of Strangers
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I recognize that with each passing day we are deeply connected within the company of strangers, for they depend upon us, and we deeply depend upon them. This is, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the “single ga ...

Clinging to Christ in Compounded Grief
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

“It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too many times in the past month. “It was like a scene out of a movie.” I’ve heard that phrase a few too ma ...

Ron Howard on What He Learned from Andy Griffith
Originally Posted: 07/04/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

In a poignant first-person essay in today's LA Times, actor and director Ron Howard, who as a child played Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, tenderly remebers his mentor and friend Andy Griffith, who died T ...

Gone Fishin': Andy Griffith Has Died
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

According to USA Today: Andy Griffith died this morning. Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m. Friday, ...

Mourning 2.0
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

This is Mourning 2.0. Technological advances have dramatically altered how we grieve for and memorialize the dead.In this new era, the bereaved readily share their sorrow via Facebook comments. They light virt ...

'Mistaken' Deaths
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan and American military officials confirmed M ...

Chuck Colson to Be Buried at Quantico
Originally Posted: 04/24/2012 - 3:42pm | Type: Blog

Prison Fellowship founder and Watergate figure Chuck Colson will be buried privately with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery, with a public memorial service expected later at Washington Nationa ...

These Dry Bones
Originally Posted: 04/03/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I stood in the middle of a valley. Hot wind whipped the sand at my feet. Dry bones, bleached by the sun covered the valley floor. Son of man, God said, can these bones live? It ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...