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Girls, It’s OK To Be BeautifulKylee Zempel

Don’t let social movements shame you for pursuing and appreciating beauty. It’s not an ‘unrealistic standard.’ It’s exactly what we were created to be.  14 total views,  9 views today

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Facebook, Reddit Ban Pro-Cop Comic That Broke No Platform RulesPeter Pischke

Comics legend Mike Baron and his pro-cop comic book “Thin Blue Line” are unwelcome on Facebook or Reddit, despite not breaking any of the rules stated on either platform. Facebook has so far blocked all attempts by Baron and his team to use Facebook ads. The largest comic book social media page, the “r/comics” subreddit, […]  14 total views,  9 views today

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Antebellum Protestants, Reality TV, and the Contemporary White ChurchRose Schrott

In a year of monotonous repetition, reality TV has become an escapist salve in our household. Most nights, my sister and I curl up on the couch/office that we vacated a couple hours ago, popcorn in hand, our small dog curled up between us. We have come to know the Bravo franchises quite well—all the housewives from New York, New…

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Underground RailroadJulie L. Moore

After Tomas Tranströmer’s “Midwinter” The moon’s horn sounds  its silver chord, sending   them into my summer woods  thick with possibility. Then: the rain-slick river. The ashen world above muffled, water fills their ears  with its wily whisper: Let go  in the crack of the current.  Their ancestors’ voices swell. Gurgle of fish, human exhalation.  It’s in the surfacing, I think,  where…

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To Interpret Scripture Intelligently: The Bible, Civil Rights, and Human DignityTejai Beulah

Our ability to judge ourselves and others rests on our ability to interpret Scripture intelligently. The right use of the Bible, an exercise as old as the church itself, means that we confront our prejudices rather than merely confirm them.  —Peter J. Gomes, “Homophobic? Re-Read Your Bible,” New York Times I am the daughter of a Black Baptist church. I…

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The Night Mary Gave Birth: A Christmas Eve LiturgyClaire K. McKeever-Burgett

Pastoral Welcome The Christmas after I gave birth to my son, Wade, I remember feeling painfully alone. Although Christmas Eve is the night Mary gives birth to Jesus, I heard nothing of the kind while sitting in the church pew. I heard nothing of Mary’s groans, nothing of her fear, nothing of her work, nothing of her rest, nothing of…

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Cultural InfusionCaroline Stowell

One Sunday morning at my Evangelical Covenant church, the tech team projects a video interview with an Iranian woman who came to Boston for an education and ended up finding Jesus. She encourages us to reach out to those around us, because you never know when someone might be ready to hear about this hope she now has in Christ.…

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RaptureSonja Livingston

The white girls did it.  I knew this but did not turn my head to seek confirmation. I played dumb, staring straight ahead at Sister Clare as she continued her poetry lesson. How could the little nun go on discussing metaphors when, right in front of her, one of her seventh graders had turned to stone?  Sister Clare loved metaphors.…

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Say TrinityHeather M. Surls

Say Trinity and I don’t see the page of a catechism or a neatly drawn triangle composed of double-tipped arrows and I don’t see an egg with yolk white and shell or water as ice liquid and vapor, and if you say Trinity I don’t hear the doxology or a pastor baptizing in the name of Father Son and Spirit…

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