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Lessons in Following Jesus from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me" (Part 1)

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, I am reminded of the profound influence his life and teachings have had on my thinking, faith, and understanding of what it means to live as a Christian. It was while I was in high school that I became deeply aware of...
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Blessed are the Peacemakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence    It was still Christmastide - a season for celebrating the birth of Christ.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we had heard words from the prophet Isaiah declaring that God's anointed one would be the "Prince of Peace" (Is. 9:6) and...
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4000 Volunteer Hours Later: My Reflection on Leading Stitching Change

by Rakmi Shaiza Not long ago, I heard a live interview broadcast on NPR about a four-year-old grandson saying goodbye to his grandfather because his family was no longer safe to stay in the Syrian border region. With so much love, anguish, hurt and emotion, the grandson asked his grandpa, "Why are you not coming...
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Earth’s Caretakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence National Geographic regularly shows up in my newsfeed, and I find much that is intriguing.  I love learning about our earth’s creatures.  Did you know that mother whales whisper to their young to keep them close and safe?  And I’m amazed at the...
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A Time to Speak about the Climate Crisis

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence   Most weekends I am able to escape the hustle and bustle of Kansas City and retreat to our place in the country.  As I now sit on the deck, overlooking green trees and sparkling water, I hear the morning birdsong and breathe...
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Teaching Jesus’ Nonviolent Way in Myanmar

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence   Recently my husband Terry and I, along with our son Nehemiah, were in Myanmar, teaching the class “Transforming Society and Conflict in Ministry” for the joint Central Seminary/Myanmar Institute of Theology Doctor of Ministry program.  Those taking this class included pastors, denominational...
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That Old Gang of Mine - Ron DeVore, MDiv 2008

The recent Disciples of Christ General Assembly was its usual combination of joys and challenges, just like real life.  Being profoundly lazy, I like easy joys like good preaching, interesting workshops, useful vendors and reconnecting with old friends.  I like these things so much, I’m willing to scale the challenges represented by the thousands of...
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Lifetime Connections - Ron Stair, MDiv 2008

When you take classes together, work on projects together, worship together in chapel, and eat meals together once a week, you build a special bond with you classmates, so it is always heartwarming to cross paths with them years later.  That's what happened when I attended the Disciples' General Assembly in Des Moines.  A group of...
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Alum-Professor Connections Flourish Beyond Seminary

A Reflection from Central Alum Jake Taylor, Pastor of Maywood Baptist in Independence, Missouri     In my undergrad at a large university, I never made a connection with a professor that extended beyond the classroom. Central Seminary was different. The small classes, deep subject matter, and professors who valued the callings of their students...
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Our Unending Relationship To Time

  Lenten Series Blog   A Lenten Reflection from Stephen Guinn, Central Seminary Associate Dean for instructional support and Student Success   Outside of work, family consumes the remaining hours of a weekday and the whole of the weekend.  The question of time always centers around the family.  Who will take this child there?  Does the...
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