Emerging Voices Blog

Emerging Voices Blog

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.?

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered.

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Leo Twiss

We were anointing our brother’s feet for burial. As I moved the oil over his feet, I repeated the words that Richard’s editor had said to me when we talked earlier that night: “Beautiful are the feet of the one who brings good news.” Dr. Richard Twiss brought us all “good news.”

Christian Churches Come Together on Immigration Reform

At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, Christian Churches Together, representing the five families of the church in the United States, reached consensus on a statement calling for just and humane immigration reform that includes an “earned path to citizenship."

An Injustice in Camden

I recently heard that the state of New Jersey plans to evict the Camden Children's Garden from its 14-year-old home.

Immigration Profile: Is There Room for Redemption?

It sounds like Tony is the poster child for the kind of person who should be deported: two felony convictions and possession of a gun. But you haven’t heard the whole story.

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a man … as a human being … and as someone who often speaks of God.

What Do We Stand For?

There are so many issues out there. There are so many hills to die on. There is such deep division in our politics and in the church. Wading through the sound bites gets tiring. How can one make sense of it all?

A Conversation for Reconciliation

Reconciliation is not something that can be checked off of a list. It is not a single event encapsulated in a moment of time. Reconciliation begins with a conversation and ends with a relationship restored.

From Homeless to Hope: Sydia Simmons

Sydia knows firsthand the difficulty of being homeless, especially in New York City, and because she has overcome through her faith she wants to give back.

Seek the Peace of the City: If Not Now, When?

With or without guns, violence can, does, and will occur. No one is disputing that. But if we can do something to stop the mass murder of children in elementary schools happening again, won’t we even try?

The Waiting

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles.

Faith, Hunger, Politics, Chicken & Waffles: A Conversation Between Chris LaTondresse and Adam Phillips

It’s not that the religious right didn’t show up in the 2012 election. They did. But their irrelevance was proven time and time again, both in the primary and in the general election cycle.

My (Native) Vote

So who am I going to vote for? I am not sure. But fortunately I have a few more hours to figure it out.

Watch the Vote: A Prayer for America

It’s here, God — Election Day in America. Today is the day when Americans everywhere are given the privilege and responsibility to exercise dominion (agency) at the polls.

It’s Easy to Forget Privilege When It’s Always Been Yours

I’m all for being a part of the democratic process, but it seems a bit odd to me that so many of these bloggers are coming from a position of power and privilege they themselves have always had.

A More Perfect Union

Our reserve is nearly 26,000 square miles with about 300,000 enrolled tribal members, and I cannot recall in my lifetime a presidential candidate visiting our reservation and campaigning directly to our people.

Voting: Responsibility or Privilege?

Next week I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years ago, giving up my Korean passport, my (not)green card, and pledging allegiance after having lived in the U.S. since the spring of 1971.

If I Had a Million Dollars ...

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do?

'The Line,' the 47 Percent, and the Food Stamp Professor

Maybe my story makes me a part of the 47 percent that has grown dependent on government.

Watch the Vote: The Ground Game

Turn Down The Noise: Fast, Pray, Vote

Here in Ohio we have seen political advertising go "one louder" and receive "that extra push over the cliff." The NOISE is so deafening, I'm convinced the campaigns and super PACs have discovered a way to turn the dial all the way up to 11!

Bullying: This Is My Story

This spirit day I stand in solidarity with all the 6-year-old, 12-year-old, 20-year-old, 40-year-old, and 80-year-old gay and straight women and men who face down bulldogs every day. May our feet remain planted in the truth: We are all made in the image of God. We are all worthy of love.

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck.

Ohio 'Voter Fraud' Billboards a 'Perversion of Truth'

The word "fraud" is on billboards around Ohio. I started noticing this a few weeks ago, when I was driving through a working class African American community in Cleveland and noticed a billboard that read: "Voter Fraud is a Felony: 3 1/2 years & $10,000 fine."

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