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Prophetic Voices Print E-mail

"Therefore, because you impose heavy rent on the poor and exact a tribute of grain from them, though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, yet you will not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine." (Amos 5:11)

Last fall my colleague and friend, David Hester,  former dean of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, preached a moving and eloquent "pre-election" sermon about an issue he felt was getting very little attention from either of our two major political parties: the poor. David reminded us that in previous years and in many  past elections, such was not the case. There were vigorous debates among major candidates of the two parties in those elections about how best to address the needs of the poor.

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Religion News 3-19-13 Print E-mail

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"I Believe": The Poetry of Wislawa Szymborska Print E-mail

There is something almost fragile, something disarmingly vulnerable and at times unwieldy about the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska; fragile, vulnerable, and unwieldy in a similar way to one of Mendelssohn's "Songs without Words." Her sense of irony undercuts any pretension (a vice that she seems completely to lack in herself), and becomes a weapon, deftly cutting and destabilizing any attempt by others to mask the truth.

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Religion News 3-12-13 Print E-mail

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Gardnersville Baptist Church Revival Print E-mail

Gardnersville Baptist Church will be having a revival March 24 - 29. Food and fellowship at 6 p.m. each night followed by services at 7 p.m. Brother Edwin Kirkpatrick will be the guest speaker.

Gardnersville Baptist Church is located at 3240 Ky Hwy 491 West, DeMossville, KY 41003.

For more information you can call the church at 859-472-5121, find them on Facebook or at www.gardnersvillebaptistchurch.com

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Renaissance Woman Print E-mail

Sara (or Sarah) Losh would stand out in any age. In the age in which she lived (1785-1853) she was virtually unique. The grandchild and child of landed gentry in the Cumbrian region (northwestern England), Sara was reared in a home that valued education, curiosity, and independence. Her father, John (who inherited the land that was the cornerstone of their family fortune), and uncles, James (a barrister) and William (an industrialist and inventor) were leaders in their society. They encouraged Sara and her sister Katharine to cultivate an interest in mathematics, geology, engineering, archaeology, poetry, the arts, languages (modern and ancient), and politics.

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Religion News 3-5-13 Print E-mail

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Religion News 2-26-13 Print E-mail

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The Time is Ripe Print E-mail

Recently, Imam Plemon El-Amin, the distinguished Muslim leader and scholar, provided the devotional at our annual gathering of Presbyterian Seminary presidents and board chairs in Atlanta. Imam El-Amin read a passage from the Qu'ran: "The worst food is that which is taken from the poor."

I am sure that all of us in the room that day felt the resonance between the sacred text of Islam and our own Bible, from the thundering call of the Old Testament prophets to our Lord Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to the book of James. I was also reminded, however, of another witness to justice that day, and how this passage from the Qu'ran shares his gift for coining a memorable phrase. I am thinking, of course, of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Almost immediately upon returning from the meeting in Atlanta, I turned to James Washington's collection of Dr. King's writings, and sought out in that collection a sermon Dr. King preached at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on March 31, 1968.

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Religion News 2-19-13 Print E-mail

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