General Editor's Corner

by Chris Iosso

The Senate, “Under God?” A Pre-Presidents’ Day Post-Impeachment Meditation

Mitt Romney paused, perhaps in prayer, certainly in faith-filled emotion before casting one of the most meaningful votes in President Trump’s impeachment trial, supporting the charge that the President was guilty of abusing his power. Senator Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a “Mormon”), noted that he took making promises before God very seriously. By implication, a good number of those more orthodox Christians in the chamber were treating their promises to be “impartial” with less seriousness.


9 New Year’s Resolutions and a Response for the Presbyterian Church (USA)

A wise former Pastor and Presbytery Executive, John L. Williams, has written “A Theological Essay on Vision” that contrasts the Bible’s dream and vision accounts with those of management consultants and the tamed goals of self-interested organizations. I confess I have seen little of his work reflected in the Vision 2020 Committee’s use of the letters, P, C, U, S, and A, as an acronym to promote the church. So, I want to be careful in these New Year’s resolutions not to let realism triumph over imagination too much. Much change is needed, some change is achievable; we have to


Out of the tombs

by Lee Catoe

Awarding a Racist in the Midst of Racism…Because the Racist is Dying

While death is a part of life and cancer shouldn’t be wished on anyone (no matter what they have done), does it erase the racism of the one who dies or is dying? We ask these questions in the midst of the conversations around confederate monuments. We confront these questions when it comes to street names, buildings, and parks whose names are dedicated to slave owners and white supremacists. But now, as we watched on live television, the president of the United States, in a reality style formulation, awarded the Medal of Freedom to the radical right-wing radio show


White Progressives, God is Calling Us to Sit Down.

This past week, I sat in a training meeting of about 300 people – all of different experiences and expressions. Racial equity training lead by two amazing black women was on the agenda. Hours of data about the black experience in the United States were presented to us, offering surprising statics of systemic oppression of


mosaic of peace 2018

A co-hosted blog by Unbound and the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Come and See!

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Mosaic of Peace 2018, Day “0” To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed is to be a pilgrim. –Mark Nepo April 30, Jerusalem—Today we came from many places, from many denominations and vocations, to join in building a


Our Feet Are Standing Within Your Gates, O Jerusalem!

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Mosaic of Peace 2018, Day 1 May 1, Jerusalem “What does it mean for us to be here, in Jerusalem?” It’s a question that has as many answers as the diverse peoples who inhabit or visit this many-faceted city. Our first full day in the Old City of Jerusalem falls on May 1st: May Day,


Even the stones

by Henry Koenig Stone

Two Reflections on Resurrection

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. Some of this insight comes


A Hard Look at Philanthropic Redlining

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 between redlining and philanthropy was


Redeeming Realism

by Raymond Roberts

Keep the INF Treaty.

On February 1, 2019, the United States withdrew from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Signed in 1987 during the Reagan administration, the INF treaty was one of several treaties that dramatically reduced the Soviet and American nuclear arsenals (for a graph showing these remarkable reductions, click here), instituted trust-building measures, inspection regimes, and secured


Introductory Column

This is an inaugural column that I hope will become a regular feature in Justice Unbound. I have decided, with good input from Chris Iosso, to call this column Redeeming Realism. The purpose of this column is to engage in theological reflection in support of faithful participation in God’s world. While I expect that I


Former Editor Ginna

by Ginna Bairby

I Am Racist and so is the Church

An Opening Editorial Yes, you read the title right. I am racist, and so is the majority-white denomination I serve, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I’m not particularly happy to admit this about myself or my Church. True, I have never engaged in explicitly hateful actions based on a person’s race or ethnicity. But that’s not


On Serving the ‘Dying’ Church

Institutions, Hospice Nurses, and Midwives This issue of Unbound has been incredibly rich. We’ve heard about ways that the many churches that comprise the Church universal work together to participate in God’s reign – from the halls of power in Washington, DC and the United Nations to small churches in rural Iowa and a former


Bind­ing Wounds, Unbind­ing Chains

by Rev. Patrick David Heery

Calculations of Fear: Which Child Shall We Sacrifice?

The following sermon was preached by Rev. Patrick Heery on November 13, 2013, at the Presbyterian Center’s weekly chapel service. We lift it up this week on Unbound in commemoration of the biblical “Massacre of the Infants,” even as we remember the present-day altars upon which so many of our children continue to be sacrificed.


‘Unbound’ wins four Associated Church Press awards

Report from Patrick David Heery, contributing editor Religious journalists from all over the country and from Canada gathered together on Thursday evening, April 4, to celebrate their best work. Every year, the Associated Church Press (ACP), the oldest Christian press association in North America, invites its member publications, including such prominent magazines as Sojourners, Christian Century,