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Apr  2016 12
Why in heaven’s name would people of faith lend our symbols to the state? How does saying a book or a monument has “historical value” do anything other than relegate those symbols to the past and thus strip or diminish the faith claims that these symbols contain or represent the power to change lives?
Mar  2016 14
Would Christians be able to join together in a fast—in a day of self-examination and penance—during some Lent, for our national sins, for those ways in which through actions taken and actions neglected we, as a nation, have broken relationships and acted as if the U.S. is the standard of laws rather than one nation, among others, accountable to a higher law?
Mar  2016 09
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln acknowledged that the nation has sinned. This confession is the antithesis of the doctrine of American Exceptionalism that is so powerful today. What I’d like to see is a movement by Christian leaders—not Congress—to name and declare an annual day of fasting for the nation’s sins.
Mar  2016 01
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend offers this lenten reflection and a prayer that the United States of America recognize and mend its flaws.
Dec  2015 29
The Republican decision to tap into religious/cultural resentment the last 50 years and to encourage its anti-intellectualism and its bigotries for their own short-run political gains has been disastrous for public policy — in many cases, leading to the intellectual and cultural gridlock that we find today in Congress.
Nov  2015 23
Phillips Seminary President Gary Peluso-Verdend works through options of where we might learn how to be moral in public, when everyone is looking, on matters that concern the human capacity to share this world with people who are different from ourselves, and when we demand for others the rights and privileges we claim for ourselves.
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