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Selected Dec. '04 - Feb. '05 Articles

Resisting the Temptation

The Gospel story for Lent 1 (Feb. 13, 2005) tells of Jesus' time in the wilderness, when he faced “the tempter.” Tracey Lind finds provocative connections to the current political debate, and like Karl Barth, says we must preach with both the Bible and the newspaper. [posted 2/7/05]

Patricia Simpson-Turner: In Memoriam

In thanksgiving and celebration of the life and witness of church lay leader and anti-racism activist Pat Simpson-Turner, The Witness shares the homily from her January 29, 2005 memorial service and personal tributes to her tireless ministry. [posted 2/4/05]

Useful Fundamentalists

To many in the West, Muslims are seen as violent fundamentalists, and are conflated with political extremism. Neil Elliott details that the term “the problem with Islam” is misplaced, especially when compared with Christian fundamentalism and U.S. foreign policy. [posted 2/4/05]

Will Abbas Need a Magic Wand?

It has been years since the promise of peace between Israelis and Palestinians has seemed so close, but Samia Khoury is worried. While Mahmoud Abbas has made efforts to show his seriousness for peace, she accuses Israel of continuing an oppressive occupation. [posted 2/4/05]

Can the Human Being Be Fixed?

Latin American theologian Leonardo Boff is concerned about the rapid rate of global warming and the loss of biodiversity. If trends continue, he warns, the human species will soon be the latest casualty of “natural selection.” [posted 2/4/05]

The Great (False) God, Masculinity

There are varying degrees of oppression related to patriarchy around the world, and the church is as responsible as other institutions, argues Robert Hewitt. To focus the debate, he offers four theses, and reminds us that God is neither male nor female. [posted 2/4/05]

Post-Tsunami Solidarity Offers Way to Peace

Sri Lanka has suffered for years with devastating internal warfare. In the wake of the December tsunami, warring religious and political groups have come together. Sri Lankan bishop Duleep de Chickera says this offers the hope of a lasting peace. [posted 2/4/05]

In the Company of the Faithful

The election of Gene Robinson continues to dominate news in the international church. In an interview with the new bishop, Herb Gunn seeks to get behind the myths, to learn why Robinson stays in the church, and what he thinks of the Anglican Communion today. [posted 2/4/05]

What Is Expected of the Baptized?

In the gospel story for Lent 1 (Feb. 13, 2005), Jesus is tempted in the wilderness. This lesson is relevant today, notes Angela Ifill, since our temptations are manifold. Yet with the power of the Spirit, and our baptismal covenant, we know we are not alone. [posted 2/4/05]

Ashes and Weeping

Many of us are reluctant to lament in public, especially in connection to our religious tradition. In reflecting on the readings for Ash Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2005), Jane Carol Redmont asks: at this moment in history, how can we possibly not weep? [posted 2/4/05]

The Virgin of Guadalupe in the North American Context

The story of the Virgin of Guadalupe is more than just a lens into indigenous Mexican Christianity, says Michael Phillips. It is a story of building cross-cultural alliances and subverting dominant understandings of power and relationship. [posted 1/27/05]

Redefining Restorative Justice

The phrase “restorative justice” is popular among advocates for criminal justice reform, but Rima Vesely-Flad finds it lacking. She argues that formerly incarcerated persons are being discriminated against, denying both their humanity and access to work. [posted 1/27/05]

Inauguration Day: “The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever”

In his second inaugural address, George W. Bush used the language of scripture to inspire peoples to good character and government. Daniel Webster takes umbrage at these “holy” words, finding fault in the way this administration carries them out. [posted 1/26/05]

The Urgency of Nuclear Terrorism

A new book by Graham Allison, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, shows why nuclear weapons threaten us right now, yet are eminently containable. Sybille Ngo Nyeck reviews this timely resource. [posted 1/26/05]

Evangelical Fervor in Foreign Policy

George W. Bush stands in a long line of presidents, including Democrats, who have believed the U.S. has a divine mission in the world. Joseph Wakelee-Lynch believes that Bush's commitment to liberty may be genuine, but worries about America's prophetic interventionism. [posted 1/26/05]

“Tyger!” Anglicanism and William Blake

Poets are rarely the first choice for insights on church disputes, but Mark Harris finds that William Blake offers an excellent lens for the Anglican conundrum. Blake is, after all, theologically unmanageable and has a seemingly wild agenda. [posted 1/20/05]

My Sudan: A Country of Conflict

Sudan continues to capture international news headlines for its civil war. Joseph Marona, the Episcopal archbishop of the Sudan, writes about the war's devastating outcomes and the halting, but hopeful, steps toward a lasting peace. [posted 12/29/04]

“Alea Jacta Est” (The Die Is Cast)

A bitter fight has engulfed the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, where a conservative bishop is trying to “dissolve” the diocese's relationship with two congregations. Harold T. Lewis, rector of one of the pair, states his case against civil war in the church. [posted 12/15//04]

Colin Powell: Crusader for U.S. Multinational Corporations

As he departs office, Colin Powell can expect a wealth of positive commentary on his term as U.S. Secretary of State. Joseph Mulligan is less sanguine, detailing Powell's work as an agent of a coercive form of free market economics. [posted 12/15/04]

Stigma Kills

With millions suffering from HIV/AIDS, in many areas the battle is not the disease itself but the community's response. Rachel Mash and Bungee Bynum describe the devastating role of stigmatization in South Africa, and what we can do to help. [posted 12/1/04]

 

Selected Oct. - Nov. 2004 Articles

Ideology, Ecology and Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer saw his government driven by a violent ideology that was aided by the Christian community. Willis Jenkins says this lesson can help us address current divisions between religious progressives and evangelicals, as well as environmental concerns. [posted 11/19/04]

About the Dead

Rami Elhanan, an Israeli Jew, knows intimately about Palestinian violence: his teenage daughter was killed by a suicide bomber. Yet he finds the evil characterizations of Yasser Arafat, following his death, another obstacle to peace. [posted 11/18/04]

Bury Arafat and Sharon Together

Yasser Arafat died today, and Israelis and Palestinians are already fighting -- over where he will be buried. Marc Ellis, a Jewish academic, has a novel idea: no matter where it is, leave space for a grave for Ariel Sharon, Arafat's nemesis. Ellis explains why. [posted 11/11/04]

Ministering Unconditionally to Uprooted Peoples

The Gambia is a tiny African nation, a mere strip of land on the Atlantic Ocean, yet refugees from throughout war-torn West Africa have come to it seeking aid. Bishop Solomon Tilewa Johnson describes the church's compassionate and powerful response to their plight. [posted 10/29/04]

An Anglican Witness to God's Mercy & Justice

In a submission to the Lambeth Commission facilitated by the Episcopal Church Publishing Company on behalf of several organizations, U.S. Episcopalians propose the legal and theological issues necessary to ground the church's ecclesial life. [posted 10/15/04]


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