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Advent is a time of waiting, a wilderness wandering time. This sermon, “WILDERNESS VOICES,” draws from passages in Malachi 3:1-4 and The Gospel of Luke 3:1-6. I preached it at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC on December 9, 2012. Last week we began our Advent waiting with the invitation to “see for ourselves.” Jeremiah and Jesus and even Abraham Lincoln called to us from their own waiting, in their own resolve. Each man stood up straight and trusted that God’s promises of redemption are true. This week we encounter another man, John the Baptist. Another man who stood … Read the full post
My husband, Coach John Shoop, has been writing for Chapelboro.com this fall about Triangle area college football. The articles have generally been a coach’s perspective on things like game preparation, offensive philosophies, and related topics. This week his final column is worth reading for anyone–even people who don’t care about football. It’s about diverse community and mutual relationships–it’s about giving thanks. I hope you’ll take a look.
Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like we’re all in Junior High or High School again with the Petraeus scandal? There is drama at every turn with boundaries crossed and accusations slung across every lunch table there is.
I am a quarterly contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. I hope you will check out my most recent post there on the Petraeus Scandal.
“I come from a place, I am going to a place, I am and I am.” –Jo Carson We came from California, Georgia, Utah, Michigan, North Carolina, and New Mexico. We came from New Jersey, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia, and South Carolina. We carried with us and within us cultures, languages, stories, habits, manners and mannerisms from centuries and generations and from all around the world—from Korea to Africa, from Ireland to Venezuela, from Germany to Scotland, from Greece to Egypt and other places we did not or could not name. We came from families, from congregations, from partnerships, and from … Read the full post
Dear Politicians: My name is Marcia. I am 43 years old and I am a rape survivor. I am lots of other things, too: a mother, a pastor, a wife, a theologian. But most of all today, writing to all of you, I am a survivor. It’s been almost 30 years since I was raped and living with that part of who I am is an everyday challenge for me. Once I finally started telling the truth about what happened to me, a portal was opened for the stories of other survivors to move from silence to being heard in my presence—sometimes only by me, … Read the full post
I preached this sermon at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC on October 21, 2012. The scripture passage for the day was The Gospel of Mark 10: 35-45. The sermon is really about all of chapter 10 in Mark’s Gospel. Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark is not a walk in the park. Chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark takes us alongside Jesus and his disciples on the road to Jerusalem. Our passage is only part of the repetitive comeuppance that people are getting from Jesus just about every time they ask him a question. … Read the full post
A version of this post is the first of my contributions to the Feminism and Religion blog on which I will be a quarterly contributor. Sometimes I think it happened gradually. Other times it feels like sudden change. Either way I find myself in an in-between space that is my life. With apologies to Victor Turner and his cultural anthropological appropriation of liminality as a threshold space, I have come to view my liminal living as a more permanent dwelling place these days. Turner’s category of liminality locates subjects in the betwixt and between as they move from one manifestation of … Read the full post
“White people are accountable for the ways in which we fail to hear and understand the needs and claims that other communities make upon us… white learning [often] comes at the expense of those already multiply harmed by white interpersonal and structural failures in perception, sensitivity, and justice.” –Aana Marie Vigen, “To Hear and to Be Accountable” in disrupting White Supremacy From Within: White People on What We Need to Do” UNC just can’t seem to help itself. They keep worsting themselves with the football fiasco. Now Hakeem Nicks, the all time best receiver ever to put on the Carolina blue … Read the full post
“If the LORD does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless.” –Psalm 127: 1 The NCAA has taken a stand against the culture of football at Penn State. Their attempt to take the moral high ground against a culture they helped to create raises some big questions for me. I heard the Chair of the Executive Committee of the NCAA (which, by the way, is not the Rainbow Coalition–check out the roster. By my count 20 of the 23 members are white and 19 of the 23 members are male) say that Chancellors and Presidents … Read the full post