Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Calls for a Global Ceasefire

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On March 23, 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war…That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put the armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.” Many nations responded while others did not. Not unlike the Olympic Truce, called for every two years before the Olympic Games, this ceasefire is necessary and hopeful for our world, but war


Response: White People, White Protests, and the White Agenda

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Here goes Lee again, asking uncomfortable questions! Yet he has read anthropology about our culture and reads it in real time in the tragic, self-destructive struggles we almost all—in the 99%– see around us. As one raised in a progressive form of Northern Presbyterianism, I do not see what Lee sees, but I know he


General Editor's Corner

by Chris Iosso, General Editor

Why Warren should stay in: An Anti-Sexist Case

Warren gave as her core motto at the end of the last debate a reference to Matthew 25, seeking to recognize herself and the divine even in the “least of these.” Whatever the ideological fine points, there she spoke to the egalitarian core of the Democratic soul. While her goal


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


Out of the tombs

by Lee Catoe, Managing Editor

White People, White Protests, and the White Agenda

You know, if you’ve never heard me speak, I would have an accent that many would classify as a “thick, Southern” accent. Though it’s a lot less thick, my accent marks several things about my identity (or the identity society places on me). It tells the hearer that


Jesus in the Midst of COVID-19

As the coronavirus makes its way across the world (yes, Mr. President, it is here), panic has ensued reflected in grocery stores depleted of toiletries and sanitizer, airlines shutting down travel, nation-wide bans, college closings, market crashes, church live streaming, and individual and communal anxiety rising to an all-time high.


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.


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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.


Setting your inner compass: A Poetry Column

by Dave Brown

Holy and Sacred, Black Rage

In Honor and Praise to Black Rage Deep in the shadow of night, down near the crossroads and cemetery gates, with bitter liquor and cigar smoke wafting, I greet you. Clad in white, upon the floor before shrines, following the names of the Ancestors being uttered, I greet you. You