Many Christians try at all costs to avoid mixing politics and church

From “A House Divided: Engaging the Issues through the Politics of Compassion” by Mark Feldmeir  Many Christians try at all costs to avoid mixing politics and church. The popular sociologist and pastor, Tony Campolo, once said that mixing church and politics is like mixing ice cream and manure. It doesn’t do much for the manure, […]

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St. Paul, Minnesota’s public schools are tapping geothermal to cut emissions and building costs

The three schools will see significant savings over natural gas systems. Vreeland said the annual savings will be $143,000 at Hidden River Elementary and $200,000 at Bruce Vento. Both should pay for themselves in a decade. Johnson High’s savings will be $7 million over 30 years. Red the free article here

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Identity Politics

From “White Fragility: What It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo The United States was founded on the principle that all people are created equal. Yet the nation began with the attempted genocide of Indigenous people and the theft of their land. American wealth was built on the labor

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Americans who endorse Christian nationalism are:

From “American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays The Gospel and Threatens The Church” by Andrew L. Whitehead Consider the following findings among Americans who endorse Christian nationalism. They are In sum, those who embrace Christian nationalism desire to limit who gets a say in the democratic process. This relationship is particularly strong among white Americans.

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Palace People

From “Becoming Brave: Finding The Courage To Pursue Racial Justice Now” by Brenda Salter McNeil  If we’re not intentional, we can all be in danger of becoming palace people. It’s easy to isolate and insulate ourselves. We do it without even trying. We listen to just one news source. We read the same paper every

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Biden Administration Invests $6 Billion in Industrial Decarbonization Projects

According to the DOE, the announcement marks the largest-ever U.S. investment in industrial decarbonization, and the projects are expected to reduce the equivalent of more than 14 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, from some of the highest emitting, and difficult to abate, sectors. Read the free article here

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The distinct eras of United States Indian policy

From “The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery” by Sarah Augustine In his book Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny, legal scholar Robert J. Miller describes distinct eras of United States Indian policy designed to permanently remove Indigenous Peoples from their lands

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A tight-fitting shoe

From “US: The Resurrection of American Terror” by Rev. Kenneth W. Wheeler I have found the metaphor of a tight-fitting shoe helpful in trying to describe the racial nightmare that has been forced upon Black people. A tight-fitting shoe is painfully uncomfortable. White supremacy and Jim Crow segregation are abnormal, as abnormal as asking someone

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This should give us pause

From “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” by Timothy Snyder In 2016, American journalists seemed to misunderstand a presidential campaign. As a longshot candidate surmounted barrier after barrier and accumulated victory after victory, our commentariat blithely assured us that at the next stage he would be stopped by one fine American institution or

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