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

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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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High Stakes Peacemaking - Vince Brackett

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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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Every Child Needs A Champion - Kyle Hanawalt

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Every Child Needs A Champion - Kyle Hanawalt

Kyle — with help from an all-time great TED talk by educator Rita Pierson, and from his experience fighting for educational equity in nearby Evanston, Illinois — has personally discovered that Jesus’ strong words about those who put obstacles in the way of children are well-founded. So what are some ways we can be champions for the kids around us?

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Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplative Prayer

This week we learned about and tried our hands at contemplative prayer, from one of the foremost experts on it: Fr. Richard Rohr (in video form). This kind of prayer is not about solving problems, making judgments, answering questions, or processing stresses. It’s about — in Fr. Rohr’s words — “a long, loving look at the Real” of our lives.

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Easter Sunday: Leave Bad Faith. Find Good Faith. - Kyle Hanawalt

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Easter Sunday: Leave Bad Faith. Find Good Faith. - Kyle Hanawalt

We wonder if the greatest enemy of "belief in God" is not secularism or atheism or religious pluralism -- it is bad "belief in God" -- ugly, cruel versions of "belief in God", or "belief in God" carried out in bad faith. For Easter this year, Kyle leads us in a reflection on the way Jesus' death put to death Bad Faith, and the way Jesus' resurrection invites people into just the opposite: an incredibly magnetic and inviting Good Faith.

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Christmas Reflection - Kyle Hanawalt

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Christmas Reflection - Kyle Hanawalt

Wrapping up our annual Christmas Carols service, Kyle leads us in a reflection on how to let Jesus' incarnation affect and guide us, on stories from the life of St. Nicholas, and even on the mythology of Santa.

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Chicago Matters To You - Kyle Hanawalt

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Chicago Matters To You - Kyle Hanawalt

Every place you've lived in your life, no matter how long, has shaped you, and you've had the chance to shape it. In the Jesus tradition, an Old Testament prophet shines light on this reality, and Kyle offers some suggestions as to how we can invest in (not just consume) the place we live now: Chicago.

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7 Ways To Transform Your Stress, So You Don't Transmit It - Vince Brackett

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7 Ways To Transform Your Stress, So You Don't Transmit It - Vince Brackett

In our experience, setting aside questions of IN vs. OUT doesn't make following Jesus matter less, it makes following Jesus matter more. We are freed up to focus on what life is truly about, like our topic this week: growing up, not just old -- becoming mature, grounded people who healthily process their stresses and pains, rather than pass them on to others.

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