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The UMC and a Poetic Lament

8 mins read

From its creation in 1968, The United Methodist Church has struggled to hold traditional interpretations of biblical sexuality with a theology of an inclusive and grace-filled God.  In the Book of Discipline, the guiding organizational document for the UMC, we state that sexuality is “God’s good gift to all persons” and

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Legalizing Sin

4 mins read

On a rainy Thursday I saw a signNot from God but from a churchNot always the same thing In the shadow of my headlights it read:“If you want God to bless America, stop legalizing sin.”  I knew this was an affirmationOf a bill that meant to overturn same sex marriageTo

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Woodstock at 50: (A Chord) Deeper than Nostalgia

7 mins read

I drove to Woodstock with five friends: 2 from work, 3 from church.  We got to Woodstock mid-afternoon on Friday, the fences were down, it was already a free concert. The size of the crowd shocked us, and it would keep on growing. We stretched out our sleeping bags not

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Poetry | Pittsburgh Reflections

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Dedicated to the Memory of the Pittsburgh 11. I am a Jew. I know some want to take my life For being a Jew. I learned about Anne Frank When I was just five years old. I’ve imagined living in the concentration camps. I’ve imagined dying in the gas chambers.

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Faithful, Stay Woke!

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A Hymn of the Beatitude-driven Gospel Copyright 2018 by Edward Moran. All rights reserved.For usage inquiries, please contact the author at edwardmoran88@gmail.com I wrote the text for “Faithful, Stay Woke” as an affirmation of the revolutionary transformation offered by a beatitude-driven Christian gospel. With its direct and veiled references to

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As Close as our Very Breath

15 mins read

A Sermon for Those Who Feel Afraid Text: John 20:19-25 Ask a scholar about the word “breathe” and she will tell you that this is the only place in the entire New Testament where this word shows up. Surely they breathed more than once back then, but maybe they didn’t

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Interview with Charles Freeman

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Unbound: What was your role in the education system? Charles: I was a college professor, teaching music history and related classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Unbound: At what type of school did you work? Charles: Over the course of my career, I taught at both public and

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Untold Stories

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[ezcol_1half] AUTHOR BIO: Buju Banton (Mark Anthony Myrie) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. He is known for recording songs dealing with sociopolitical topics. He is a convert to Rastafarianism, and much of his music reflects his spirituality. He is a controversial figure on several accounts, but our

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(Nothing But) Flowers – The Talking Heads

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In keeping with this week’s theme of eco-justice, the editors of Unbound would like to offer this tongue-in-cheek musical reflection by The Talking Heads about modern convenience, our consumerist society, and the earth. Keep in mind that this song and video were released in 1988 — the statistics given in

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“Fragile Eloquence” & Other Poems

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Poet John Jackson shares five creation poems as part of the Nov 2012–Jan 2013 issue “Hope for Eco-Activists: Discovering an Environmental Faith“. By John H. Jackson BONE TIRED Nature Bone tired weary From our Industrial assaults Ravenous greed The trees Have migraines Ocala 1993 WONDERING But now I am wondering

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