Around the Alliance

I am Racist, by Ken Meyers

Posted on Sep 09, 2017

When I was growing up our family’s housekeeper name was Wilma. She was married to a bold Baptist preacher. Wilma’s dated transportation to our house was a purple Desoto that was inscribed with the words, “God is with us” in gold letters on both sides of the car.

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Resistance!

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

When Martin Luther King and others quoted Theodore Parker, a 19th-century Unitarian pastor, who said, “The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice,” they usually pointed to the frustrating reality that the journey to justice typically takes two steps forward and one step back, or sometimes even two steps back before going forward again.

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Peace Camp Report: What Walls Do We Need to Tear Down?

Posted on Aug 11, 2017

"As you leave, think about the walls you've built in your own life."

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Marketing the Church?

Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Your church can have the best choir in your city and a youth group that teenagers love and a pastor who can preach like Barbara Brown Taylor, but unless you are doing something to connect with people beyond your church walls the only people who are going to know about it are already in your congregation.

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Setting the Table

Posted on Jul 12, 2017

Brene Brown, a noted clinical social worker perhaps best known for her TED talks, writes that owning our story—our personal gifts, imperfections and vulnerabilities—and loving ourselves through that uncovering process is the bravest thing that an individua

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My Neighbor is Muslim, by Doug Donley

Posted on Jul 12, 2017

​Within a mile of University Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minn., sits the largest community of Somali immigrants in the United States. Distinct in their hijabs and elegant robes our lives can’t help but intersect. When a fire destroyed a mosque in the

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Honor Them With Action, by Keith Menhinick

Posted on Jun 11, 2017

​Honor Them with Action Stanley Almodovar III Amanda L. Alvear Oscar A. Aracena Montero Rodolfo Ayala Ayala Antonio Davon Brown

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William Barber and Actionable Outcomes, by Ken Meyers

Posted on May 30, 2017

William Barber rattled and inspired us in Raleigh during our 2017 Alliance Annual Gathering. Systemic injustice will not heal itself. People of faith must make a voice for the voiceless. But, really, how does a congregation engage the faithful for actionab

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Singing Peace, by Paula Dempsey

Posted on May 30, 2017

Shanti, pax, shalom, maslaha all mean “peace.” Shanti is from from Hindu

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