Encountering our “Borderlands”

The January Encuentro is a required three-week course for all M.Div. Juniors and is designed, in part, to connect students with those issues and challenges specifically related to Latino congregations. Equally important, the course also exposes them to the unique problems related to the U.S.-Mexican border, such as undocumented immigration, deportation, unaccompanied refugee children, stark … read more

For All the Saints

It is early January and I am writing at Gladstone’s Library in Northern Wales. The Library is a long way from home—7000 miles, a good two-day journey—but I’ve discovered that I work well here. As any of you who have been on retreat or attended CREDO know, distance can be a good thing as well […]

Reading Rankine on Martin Luther King Day

A prophet, a poet, a preacher, a dreamer, Martin Luther King, Jr. shared the prophet Isaiah’s dream that the valleys will be lifted up and the mountains and hills made low. He shared the faith of Jesus of Nazareth that the kingdom of God has come near. He preached Jesus who made the wounded whole […]

Finding Hope in Difference

A Baptist, a Muslim, an Episcopalian, and a Jewish law scholar walked into a Methodist retreat center on Lake Texhoma. It sounds like the first line of a joke, but that’s exactly what happened last week when about 50 people gathered for the Interfaith Retreat put on by the Multicultural Alliance of Texas. And while […]

In That Instant – Creation

When my husband and I found out we were expecting, we did as many other couples do and decided not to tell anyone about the pregnancy until after the first trimester. The most dangerous time for a pregnancy is the first twelve weeks, when approximately twenty percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. We felt prudent […]

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD

Friday, December 25 Psalms 2, 85; Micah 4:1-5; 5:2-4; John 3:31-36   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD Advent Meditation “The Word became flesh and lived among us.” John 1:14 Surely even twenty eight days of waiting cannot fully prepare us for the wonder that […]

Dr. Scott Bader-Saye

Thursday, December 24 Psalm 89:1-29; Isaiah 59:15b-21; Matthew 1:18-25   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Scott Bader-Saye Advent Meditation If I’m being perfectly honest, as a child I found Christmas Eve more exciting than Christmas Day. Grandparents would arrive with a car full of presents, wrapped, hidden, bearing promise more […]

The Rev. Stephen Kidd

Wednesday, December 23 Psalm 72; 2 Samuel 7:1-17; Luke 1:39-48a (48b-56)   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rev. Stephen Kidd Advent Meditation Who is your Elizabeth? Who is the person (or people) you call immediately when big news is brewing? I love the image of Mary, fresh from her encounter […]

Dr. Stephanie Ramirez

Tuesday, December 22 Psalms 61,62; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Luke 1:1-25   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: Dr. Stephanie Ramirez Advent Meditation As a counselor I’ve always been told to “trust the process” with clients. This phrase is used in the context when a counselor feels that there isn’t movement or change happening […]

The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison

Monday, December 21 Psalm 27; Isaiah 43:8-13; John 14:1-7   Listen to the author read their meditation and prayer: The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison Advent Meditation  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? […]