Beyond the Divisions: Faith and Politics 2020

Choose Life

by Ruth Rosell “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30: 19 These words are found in… Read more »


Demonstrating and Creating the World We Want to See

by Rev. Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins Political, economic, religious and ethnic divisions are so deep and wide in America now that some question the prospects of overcoming our polarizations towards the creation… Read more »


Countering the “Go Away” Spirit

By John Park “Go away!” Those two words hurt me and my group and kept echoing in my head for a while. My lead pastor and his wife, a deacon, and I… Read more »


Being a Christian Citizen in 2020 (A Response from a “Beyond the Divisions” Reader)

by Joe Marlow I am a follower of Christ, husband, father, grandfather, and citizen. These personal identifiers are the foundation of what David Brooks in his book The Road to Character calls… Read more »


Political Anxiety and Centering Prayer

by Robin Sandbothe In the first class of a spiritual formation certificate program which I’m about to complete, we were going around the room introducing ourselves. I happened to be sitting next… Read more »


Living into the Unknown

by Robert E. Johnson The science of psychology is dedicated to exploring human psycho-social motivation and behavior (among other things).  Thus psychology, together with the other social sciences, is committed to the… Read more »


Incarnational Voting

By Rick Jordan The Hip-Hop musical “Hamilton” features a song called “The Room Where It Happens.” During the song, Aaron Burr’s character sings, “Hold your nose and close your eyes!” This phrase… Read more »


How Does a Nationalistic Theology Measure up against Biblical Faith?

by Terrell Carter Throughout our nation’s history, Christianity has taken the shape that most benefits those who hold the greatest power to help them move their agendas forward. It has been used… Read more »


Healing the Divided Self

by Joshua Paul Smith A few years ago, I found myself sitting in a trendy coffee shop near downtown Denver, surrounded by tattooed hipsters and graduate students staring at computer screens in… Read more »


Ears to Hear: Listening as a Political Act*

LeAnne DeTar Newbert Question: How are the Necker cubeꭝ and today’s political environment alike? Answer: The same set of facts can generate both different and legitimate perspectives. Social scientists tell us that… Read more »


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