Social issues

Social issues

Oct 2014 Connections. Given our Constitution’s requirement that church and state remain separate, religion should appear in public schools only in a balanced historical context that informs students about the world’s religions. But too often, Christian evangelism is allowed… Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

May 2014 Connections. Fighting injustice by making it public. Several recent books have presented thought-provoking views about current national and world to reflect what Jesus advocated, what Christians ask for in the Lord’s Prayer. Read/download 5-2014 Connections >

June 2013 Connections. Working with the poor, changing outdated beliefs, promoting justice: all are important for Christians. Read/download 6-2013 Connections >

Mar 2013 Connections. Many activities presented by public schools and governments violate the religious freedom that the U.S. Constitution guarantees. Read/download 3-2013 Connections >

Mar 2011 Connections. What makes a protest produce real change? How can church members nudge pastors forward? Can they do it effectively within the church system? From outside? Read/download 3-2011 Connections >

Aug 2010 Connections. In All My Bones Shake, author and journalism professor Robert Jensen tells how he has spent his life “seeking a progressive path to the prophetic voice.” Read/download 8-2010 Connections >

Jan 2010 Connections. The book Faith-Based War, by Walter Herbert, asks important questions about war and peace and related topics, including torture. Read/download 1-2010 Connections >

Aug 2009 Connections. Books by Lutheran travel writer Rick Steves, history andbkpg1 international relations prof Andrew Bacevich, and Episcopalian religion writer Phyllis Tickle. I keep coming across interesting books that present thought provoking observations about today’s church and… Continue reading

July 2008 Connections. The lives of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have made community organizing, begun in the 1940s, prominent in current news. Read/download 7-2008 Connections >