Beyond the Boom

“Beyond the Boom” by Eric Anglada from Sojourners (August 2016).  Fracture:  Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America, chronicles the ecological and cultural ruptures resulting from this highly controversial phenomenon.  A related biblical theme:  “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees” (Revelation 7:3a).  Read this article online or print it […]

Call for a New Social Covenant from Jim Wallis, A

A strong social covenant needs many “stakeholders.”

Caring for the Poor is Government’s Biblical Role

“Caring for the Poor is Government’s Biblical Role,” by Jim Wallis in Sojourners (August 30, 2012) – Jeremiah, speaking of King Josiah, said, “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went. Biblical theme: “The biblical understanding of justice clearly includes both procedural and distributive aspects. That the procedures must be […]

Charles Darwin, Conservative?

THE NEW REPUBLIC February 11, 2009 WASHINGTON–Polls, particularly in the United States, tell us that many conservatives still distrust Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.  The bicentennial of his birth should be a fitting occasion for the right to take another look at a man who contributed immensely to some ideas that it holds dear. Darwin […]

Christian-Muslim Dialog Unites, A

Muslim and Christian meet on the beauty of God.

Combatting ISIS

“Combatting ISIS,” transcript of a Religion and News Weekly interview of Haris Tarin, director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, 9/12/20; the response to ISIS must not be only military but has to be a social, an economic, education-based response. http://to.pbs.org/1AKbA1D

Congregations and the Daily Missions of Their Members

Climbers of Mt. Everest are careful to establish an adequate base camp.  Here they find rest, protection from harsh weather, and resources to replenish their supplies for the next climb with its rigors and its rewards.  Congregations are “base camps” where members find comfort, support, and recovery of strength for return to the world with […]

Consumerism and the Commercialization of Childhood

“Consumerism and the commercialization of childhood” will be aided by an adaptation of Rescuing the Church from Consumerism by SPCK.  In 2003, only 50% of those entering school could recognize their own name, speak articulately, or count to five – 81% knew the Coca-Cola logo and 69% knew McDonald’s Golden Arches.  They know more about […]

Culture of Intolerance: Chauvinism, Class and Racism in the United States

Learn to understand convictions opposite to your own.

Designing the Right System By A. Wayne Schwab

Posted on August 16, 2017 by livinggodsmission [Friends: I wrote this overview for a meeting of the steering team for Episcopalians on Baptismal Mission (EBM). They liked it and each member will post a blog commenting on various parts of it in the next few weeks. You may want to keep this on hand for future reference.  – […]