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Trials of Ecumenism

This piece is also posted on the UM & Global blog. Ecumenism is tough.  For people who have been involved in ecumenical conversations over many years this is an obvious insight.  Many Christians though have the impression that ecumenical dialogue or … Continue reading

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“They Never Resolved the Chord”: On Using Art to Teach about Mission

This blog of mine will also be posted to the UM & Global blog.   A recent experience at the movies with my musician son, Luke, provides a good – albeit humbling – example of a challenge all professors of … Continue reading

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Deacon David Pendleton Oakerhater

Two weeks ago I was in Kansas to see a friend and decided one evening to drive three hours to Watonga, Oklahoma to visit the gravesite of David Pendeleton Oakerhater (1850-1931), the first Native American (Cheyenne) person ordained a deacon … Continue reading

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On Researching Forgotten Gratitude

I am currently researching the life of Ms. Agnes C. L. Donohugh for a chapter I’m writing with some anthropologists and theologians.  I’m the lone historian of the bunch, but it’s a great bunch.  I sort of stumbled upon Agnes … Continue reading

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All Saints Day: On “The Enormous Condescension of Posterity”

I was recently in Princeton, New Jersey to visit a friend and wound up spending an afternoon in a superb bookstore – The Labyrinth – across the street from campus.  Browsing bookstores with the density of serious academic titles this … Continue reading

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Friendship

I have been thinking about friendship a fair amount recently.  There are a number of reasons for this.  I have recently moved to Oregon from Pennsylvania and am separated from friends who remain “back east.”  In my research I am … Continue reading

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Epiphany

It has been some weeks since the Church celebrated The Feast of Epiphany (January 6th).  This is the day in the church calendar when the Three Wise Men get extra “air time” in the church and when the Gospel as … Continue reading

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