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Let Us Begin

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition,

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The Courage to Be a Whosoever

“Thank you for your magazine. You’re so courageous to do it.” Those words were spoken to me by a young man who emerged from a crowd of people at the first gay and lesbian Christian conference I ever attended — the Witness Our Welcome conference

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Via Creativa: What Now? Breaking the Rules

Jubilee! Circle, Columbia, S.C. Readings: He is unclean… (Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46) You can make me clean. (Mark 1:40-45) Our first song comes from an Australian band that was formed in 1975. During their career, the Little River Band sold more than 25 million records and

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Leave Homophobia and Move to Higher Ground

Over many years, ample evidence has been presented that homophobia that is linked with many clergy’s interpretation of selected Bible verses that has been enmeshed, if not fused, with their views of Christianity and “morality,” is not going to be swayed or altered by appeals

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We Are Not People of Darkness

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” – John 6:12 Jesus told his followers that they were to be the light of the world,

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Wait! There’s More!

Controversies swirl today, in our embattled Church, over whether this story or that in the Bible “actually” happened. Did the sun stand still in the sky until the Israelites won that battle? Did Noah really bring two of every kind of animal on the earth

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This Little Light of Mine

Garden of Grace United Church of Christ, Columbia, S.C. Readings: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, John 1:6-28 This morning’s song comes from Grammy-award winning blues singer and guitarist Keb’ Mo’. Born Kevin Moore he was born and raised in Compton, California. This song, “Let Your Light Shine,”

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Episode 20: Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes

Read the related article For the past 10 years, Soulforce has been using the non-violent tactics preached by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. to try to change the hearts and minds of those who believe gays and lesbians should be excluded from church and

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Volume 12, Issue 5

Peace, Be Still! Cover Stories Run to Your Dreaming By Rev. Candace Chellew We’re not Jesus. We don’t have the power to say, “Peace. Be still,” and have life’s storms suddenly cease. For us, getting still, finding peace in the midst of life’s storms isn’t