From Power To Weakness - Kyle Hanawalt

We visit the prayer of Mary the mother of Jesus — the Magnificat — every year during Advent, because it so perfectly captures faith for us. Kyle explains why, this year, it makes him think of a scene from the pilot of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, and suggests a way we can experience how powerful it is to move from power to weakness.

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Waiting: The Best Productivity Tool - Dee Marsden

Waiting is not something we Americans like. We prefer staying busy and being productive. We’ve even figured out ways to hire people to wait in line for us! But waiting is a part of life — waiting for doctors’ test results, waiting to hear about that job interview, waiting for a wrong to be righted. This first Sunday of Advent we try to increase our awareness of the God who is with us in what we’re waiting for.

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Remembrance Sunday 2018 - Kyle Hanawalt

Kyle leads us in remembering loved ones lost by people in our community over the last year, sharing about his own recent loss, and about how a “This American Life” episode following a mother who lost her daughter in the Aurora, CO movie theater shooting has helped him experience Jesus’ comfort.

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On Being Both Courageous & Humble (Instead Of Silent) - Kyle Hanawalt

When you hear or see something that strikes you as racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, Islamophobic, or cruel in any way, do you feel tempted to just be silent, for fear of discomfort? Or do you feel ready to speak up, but you’re not sure how? Jesus was never silent, and when he spoke up, he’s described as being “full of grace and truth”, or, we might say, “full of humility and courage”. Kyle offers some ideas on how we might pursue that balance.

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3 Perspectives on the Relationship Between Faith & Politics - Vince Brackett

The American Religious Right’s conflation of faith and partisan politics has been bad for the country and for faith... But, while Vince used to feel the best response to that was to strive to pursue an politically neutral faith (“both sides are equally bad/good when it comes to the model of Jesus”), he now feels that to be just as unsatisfactory... so what now?

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Pursuing Morality Without Certainty - Kyle Hanawalt

Kyle has often encouraged us toward embracing uncertainty (the wisdom of the Eastern Christian Tradition), but that begs a question: how does one pursue good or morality or righteousness or justice without certainty? Americans tend to rely on certainty to pursue these things, but there are other approaches that can help us feel more connected with God in the process, and, arguably, work better!

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High Stakes Peacemaking - Vince Brackett

True Peacemaking is accomplished through self-sacrifice, not protecting or preserving the status quo. Without attention to context, Jesus’ comment about bringing “not peace, but a sword” seems (at best) off-brand, and (at worst) became the rallying cry for the Crusades. But with some attention to Jesus’ context, we discover one of his most peacemaking and bridge building statements of all.

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