Solitary Confinement

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The Wonder That Changes The World

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Reconcile CCDA Conference

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Consider attending CCDA’s conference to learn how to bridge divisions of personality, politics, class, race, culture, nationality, gender and theology!


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Some hold that God forgives us only when we repent and that we are therefore called to withhold forgiveness until an offender repents. Others teach that God forgives us unconditionally and that we are called to do the same. As you might expect, both sides can marshal an impressive array of scriptural support for their views.

Debt Free

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When Jesus prayed from the cross, “Father, forgive them …” he was expressing the radical love of the Father that extends forgiveness to all the world. While such an expression of forgiveness is far from typical, it contains the ability to heal, transform hearts and release people to forgive others.

Stories of Poverty

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The Importance of Knowing Ernest: Sandra shares experiences and insights that have come from her family’s “unlikely” friendships with people on St. Paul’s East Side. In our movement toward the issue of poverty, it’s easy for the ‘haves’ to feel heroic for seeking to give to the ‘have-nots’. Through her relationship with Ernest, Sandra explains what can happen when we pursue relationships instead of responsibilities, or people instead of poverty.

Ida B. Wells

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Ida B. Wells was a black woman who worked, wrote, and organized her whole life for a federal anti-lynching law, for women’s suffrage, for the equal rights of both her race and gender.

Sorting out “Normal”

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I don’t think my experience (Norm) is drastically different from that of most African American men. I was asked to share a few examples to illustrate part of the way my “normal” life is different than the life of a white person, like Greg.

Believing the Best

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About six months after Norm joined our (otherwise white) pastoral staff, a young white man in our congregation began writing letters and leaving voicemail messages for both of us about a number of things that bothered him.

Different Worlds

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No matter our race, when most of us try to comprehend a world so vastly different from our own experience it can lead to feelings of doubt and even further mire us in mistrust. For example: “How can that person believe what they do about the police? That doesn’t line up at all with everything I’ve experienced in life!”