Last week I was in Dayton for the Alliance of Baptists Gathering. And I must say, as an Alliance congregation, I think we're in good company. From challenging speakers and thoughtful presenters to gracious and welcoming hosts, the Alliance continues to surprise me with it's ever-widening welcome and it's dedication to issues of justice for all people.
AWAB's Call for 100% Inclusion
Rev. Crystal Shepherd shared this prayer this past Sunday with the congregation. Please join us as we pray for people both near and far.
Prayer offered Sunday from Charles Conkin
A few constructive suggestions in addition to "Thoughts and Prayers" for responsible gun safety
A Prayer of Lament and Hope for Our Despondent Spirits
The following is a prayer I offered tonight at our regular Wednesday night prayer in light of the horrific, disturbing and far too often school shootings, this time closer to home at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. This prayer is influenced by language offered by my friend and colleague, Rabbi David Wirtschafter, whose Facebook post became a launching pad for my own meditations. May we all (Jews, Christians and all persons of goodwill) work, work, work beyond our prayers and for a better and safer tomorrow. A future post will highlight actual action steps.
This prayer, written by Rev. Crystal Shepherd and offered during our Service of Hope & Healing, invites us to remember the suffering in the world around us while remembering that God is always near, bringing hope and light.
An unknown runner inspires a preacher on vacation with a one word sermon.
The following is a list of books recommended by folks from Central Baptist Church as formative and meaningful in their Christian journey. Please speak with the appropriate person if you would like more information about any of the following books.
Early next week the Lexington Cemetery Board will consider the recommendation from the Lexington City Council to relocate the controversial statues at Cheapside to the Cemetery. Here's the letter I sent to the board in support of this action. Please pray for wisdom, compassion and fairness to undergird all decisions that guide the peace and well-being of our city.