How Long, O Lord! | Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

We are going to search for explanation, for rationale, for motives that makes sense out of these mass shootings – there is none to be found.

Our hearts cannot endure much more. Heavy with the burden of a corporate grief that is becoming far too much to bear, catharsis is fast becoming our default mode.

Source: How Long, O Lord! | Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

The BIG Tent of Progressive Christianity

ProgressiveChristianity.org : The BIG Tent of Progressive Christianity

In case you haven’t heard, progressive Christianity is growing rapidly.  The growth is tied to increases in educational resources, gay rights going mainstream, and more progressive spiritual communities forming; as well as from an influx of the formerly labeled emergent crowd.  It’s also gaining momentum as more and more people come across the common sense option of progressive Christianity.  Some folks had left mainstream Christianity without ever knowing a viable alternative existed, and are now coming back after finding out.  Others realized that it’s how they’ve thought deep down all along but were timid about exploring it openly until there was more validation and safety in numbers.  That time has come.

Source: The BIG Tent of Progressive Christianity

#BlackLivesMatter: Honesty on Racial Injustice

“Eradicating racism will happen only as we take action to produce conditions that will allow for the fullness of life for those who have suffered its destructive impact, as we work to reorient institutions that perpetuate racist practices, and as we dismantle systems that coalesce to produce racial injustice.”

A New Awakening: A Pastoral Letter on Racism

 

Exploring Mission in a Rural Setting

Youth mission trips are a vital part of our youth ministry, and it is something we invest in. This summer, our youth explored mission in rural church settings. This included service work in Grand Marais, Hackensack and International Falls.

Past mission trips included Heifer International, and urban immersion missions. Youth learn first and foremost that “It’s not about me.”

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