Henry Koenig Stone

Keeping Our Lamps Burning

Faith in a Time of Climate Peril Within a song or hymn, one can often find insights into how to cope with setbacks and hardships. The old African-American spiritual “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” presents a dim reality: a

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Second Great Depression or Second New Deal?

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The Coronavirus economy demands swift and thorough action beyond the actions taken in the last financial crisis. Economists agree that we are heading into a coronavirus-induced recession. Optimists argue that the economy might bounce back once the health crisis is resolved. But if Covid-19’s course through the United States takes


No More Hiroshimas.

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The False Allure of U.S. Power Visiting the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima this summer led me to reflect on U.S. power with a new sense of urgency. In my opinion, the museum does a very effective job of accomplishing its narrow purpose: to illustrate the unjustifiable and pervasive damage


Nearer To Justice

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Nationalism is a False Flag. Editor’s Note:  This sermon was preached on May 15, 2019, at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s national office in Louisville, KY. It refers to Isaiah 58 as it appears in the NRSV. Although not originally a sermon for Memorial Day, it may be worthwhile to reconsider,


Two Reflections on Resurrection

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Resurrection in a Broken World Henry Koenig Stone What does resurrection mean in a broken world? Events in this last week have me rethinking the place that resurrection takes in my personal theology. I am far from convinced that the length of a life in any way measures its value.


A Hard Look at Philanthropic Redlining

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Simmons College of Kentucky hosted “Philanthropic Redlining: The Illusion of Inclusion Part II” on Feb. 6th as part of The West Louisville Forum: Solutions for Urban America. Philanthropy is a loaded word. To understand why, we need to look back at the history of redlining in American cities. The connection


Must we still do nothing?

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Christians are called to engage with politics in a way that keeps our nation from abusing its power. When I came to Unbound almost two years ago, I was motivated by a two-part conviction about Christianity and the United States—a conviction that I still hold. Firstly, I believe that our


Looking Back and Looking Forward: Renewing a Conversation about Mission in Hazard, Kentucky

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Six Pastors met with Representatives of three General Assembly Programs. On October 22, the Presbytery of Transylvania’s Eastern region hosted a lunch with representatives of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. This is a brief report on why that conversation was


Advent Justice Reflections (Year C)

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This resource for worship or study is freely available for use and adaptation. Please remember to give us a shoutout! A Printing-friendly pdf of these reflections is available HERE (7 two-sided pages).  Note from the Editors Though Advent is a season chock-full of worship and devotional resources, few Advent devotionals are

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