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Posted June 19, 2017:
Bruni column on the political/ social climate that not
only legitimates hate (from left and right) but, as
Michael Gerson points out, makes money on it. There’s
plenty of blame to go around, but the internet and all
it’s attendant functions has had an incendiary effect on
Don’t marry a Republican (or a Democrat).
After last week’s shooting at Republican baseball practice
there were many calls for unity — of which, I admit, I was
skeptical. Sweet but sentimental.
This article suggests a new unity won’t be easy as the
people of different political parties are more hostile to
one another than ever.
This NYT piece on liberals/ progressive Christians in
the political arena, got some attention. Personally, I
think the idea that we have been disengaged for forty
years is ridiculous. What I do think is true, and has
been documented, is that the media has
disproportionately covered the religiou right and
neglected mainstream and liberal churches and their leaders.
In addition to “if it bleeds, it leads,” one might say, “if
it screams, it leads.” Conservatives tend to scream more
while horrifying liberal readers and confirming their
No tax increase we don’t love,
seems the motto of Seattle.
Here Jordan Royer asks the right questions of new and
proposed tax increases. He also notes significant recent
growth in city hall. At some point, we may wake up and
notice that part of what is pricing people out of Seattle
“Simple Church” in Massachusetts is one of a growing
number of ‘dinner churches.’ Is this an
intriguing venture that will have short term appeal, or
something more enduring — or is that even the right
question? It’s an exciting time for the church, as all sorts
of variations and new experiments pop up.
Here's an article.
Here’s another of the dinner church model,
in Brooklyn . There’s a wonderful
interview with St. Lydia’s founder and pastor, Emily
Scott, in the Christian Century “Podcast for Preachers.”
Here’s a link to that.
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