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Green Faith: Resources for an Earth-Friendly Spirituality

The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Order lists “Faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God’s creation” as one of the great themes of our tradition (G-2.0500). But how can Presbyterians today be better stewards of God’s creation? We’ve compiled a resource list of organizations, theologians, and writers to…

New Books in the Immanuel Library: Spring 2018

God’s Secretaries, The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson, 1903.  An irenicon: it was a political tool aimed toward making peace in an England of warring religious passions, each with their own Bible.  By design, the words are ambiguous, yet rich with multiple hidden meanings, so that every reader will find peace.  James…

Praying the Psalms: May It Be So

As Holy Week nears, our Lenten devotionals shift. Jewish and Christian communities have long prayed the Psalms as a spiritual practice and discipline. As our Lenten journey nears its end, we invite you to try praying the Psalms, as well. After a few centering breaths, try beginning by reading the Psalm aloud and slowly. A…

Praying With Our Breath: May It Be So

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.   In his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul ends his letter with the benediction and prayer above, sending peace “at all times and in all ways.”…

Praying the Fine Print: May It Be So

Genesis 28: 20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this…

Next Right Steps: May It Be So

Exodus 33:12-13 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in…

No Other Choice Than Hope: May It Be So

Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”   I don’t believe that God…

Don’t Forget to Pack Your Tambourine: May It Be So

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. Exodus 15: 20   Upon reading this passage, my thoughts go to the events leading up to this celebratory song and dance. Prior to this, Miriam is referred to as…

When No One Is Watching: May It Be So

Jeremiah 12: 1-4 You will be in the right, O Lord, when I lay charges against you; but let me put my case to you. Why does the way of the guilty prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive? You plant them, and they take root; they grow and bring forth fruit; you are near…

Someone’s Army: May It Be So

Psalm 33 13-22 From heaven the Lord looks down     and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches     all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all,     who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army;     no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse…