New today: Lawrence Wood reviews Jim Auchmutey, lectionary column, why the papal encyclical matters

July 6, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 119:81-88; Jeremiah 16:1-13James 5:7-12

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Willibald, Maelruain, Thomas Hooker, Ralph Milner, Henry Compton, Peter To Rot

New today from the Century

Made in Americus, by Lawrence Wood. In many books, the Jim Crow era is mediated through the sensibilities of white people. Jim Auchmutey shrewdly avoids this.

Lectionary column for July 19, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, by Marilyn McEntyre. Mark writes, “many were coming and going, and they had no leisure, even to eat.” I read this observation with uneasy laughter, thinking of many lunches spent at my computer with a sandwich.

Why the papal encyclical matters, by Erika Dornfeld. When we hear any sort of moral injunction about climate change, it tends to be about our duty to unknown others a hemisphere away. Pope Francis overturns this.

When is the end of life? by Steve Woolley. Most of us in the clergy group I’m part of are over 70. We affirm that we believe in “the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting,” but at a very deep emotional level, not yet.

In the news

Church-state separationist James Dunn dead at 83

Israeli cabinet rejects measure to ease Jewish conversion

Mennonites apologize for allowing sexual abuse to go unpunished

In the CCblogs network 

How to be a Mennonite Presbyterian, by Melody Davis

On how to love America, by David Williams

Longing to go on pilgrimage, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

A third kind of Jesus, by Larry Patten


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