DEAR CHURCH,

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Modern-day versions of Paul's letters to the churches with a focus on racial and social justice.

Dear Church, I Write to Share a Recipe for Gumbo!

By Jonathan C. Augustine | July 21, 2022

Dear Church,  Given America’s polarized divisions, it’s time to make gumbo!    As a proud native of New Orleans, I have absolutely no reservation in sharing that gumbo is my favorite food on the planet. I love the shrimp. I love the sausage. I love the chicken. I also love the okra. Gumbo brings diverse ingredients…

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Dear Church, I Can’t Hear You

By Antwan Steele | September 10, 2021

Dear Church, Hello! Are you there? A social awakening is happening outside the walls of your well-constructed edifices. Do you not see it?  Your people are hungry for change, yet you are earnestly trying to return to what once was, instead of embracing what is. In the spirit of returning to a sense of normalcy,…

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Dear Church, Injustice Incurs Judgment

By Daniel Morrison | July 24, 2021

The sin of injustice has marred the history of the United States of America. The blood spilled from the bodies of people of color, the blood of men, women, and children, and the blood of the poor and weak have for centuries cried out for justice from this country’s soil. The genocide of Manifest Destiny, the horror of the Atlantic slave trade, the fires of Tulsa, the tragedy of Japanese American internment camps, and the lynch mobs of the South all testify against this country. They bear witness to the fact that this country—this empire—has grown and flourished through the exercise of injustice. The testimony of the Christian Scriptures affirms that injustice incurs judgment.

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Dear Church, Reconcilers Have to Reconcile!

By Reagan Chaney | May 7, 2021

For many years I believed my hope and my identity depended on how hard I worked for the body of Christ. But not in the 1 Corinthians 12-way, one body many parts, but in the way where we strive for perfectionism and create unhealthy habits looking for approval from man. After years of striving to…

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Dear Church, God Bless America

By Jay Hogewood | January 31, 2021

Unclench your fists. Hold out your hands. Take mine. Let us hold each other. Thus is God’s Glory Manifest. “Epiphany,” Madeleine L’Engle Dear Church,  God bless America? Really?  Tragically, our most recent Epiphany marked the day of clenched fists, angry mobs, and the thunderstorm of violence by white supremacists upon the US Capitol. January 6th…

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Dear Church, Rest with Jesus

By Ethan Asters | October 28, 2020

Dear Church,  “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or…

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Dear Church, I’ve Been Avoiding This Conversation With You

By Briayna Cuffie | September 30, 2020

Dear Church, I separated myself from you in late 2012. Until this summer, I had not stepped foot in my home church since November of 2013. I jokingly state that I anticipated catching fire upon entry, but thankfully I departed uncharred. When I last spent time in church in 2013, it was for a funeral.…

Dear Church, The 2020 Census will have a lasting Impact

By Allison Plyer | August 31, 2020

Dear Church,  By now you’ve heard that the 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding each community will get for healthcare, schools, housing, food assistance, and so much more. It will determine each community’s representation in Congress, in state legislatures, in city councils, and school boards. And businesses— large and small—will base their decisions…

Dear Church, Do You Serve a God Who Sees?

By Althea Holford | July 30, 2020

I write to you not as a theologian but as a parishioner, a follower, and a friend. I acknowledge that while the “church” is made up of each of us; it is also the institution to which I address today. We, the body of Christ, are called to such a time as this. Unrest, pandemic,…

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