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Leading Christian ethicist explores the social and political issues at the forefront of 2016 election campaigns in new book

David P. Gushee, 2016 Wilbur Award winner, helps “anxious” American Christians make sense of political changes

David Gushee and book coverLOUISVILLE, Ky. — American Christians are anxious, says ethicist David P. Gushee, about the rapid economic, cultural, and political changes occurring these days, “and we are more scared than we have ever been that if we go to a mall or a movie theater, someone is going to try to kill us.”

His book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith in Unsettled Times (Westminster John Knox Press) guides Christians through the flurry of divisive political issues currently at work in the United States that also rest at the forefront of the 2016 presidential elections.

“Ours is a great country, but like any country, it is a living, organic reality that changes over time,” Gushee writes. “Some of those changes are constructive, some are dangerous, and some are subject to conflicting interpretations. Our actions and inactions as Christian citizens will be pivotal in affecting the direction that we now go as a nation.”

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A visit to the new LDS temple in Philadelphia

By Linda Bloom, President, RCC New York Chapter

Ryan Koch, a member of the RCC New York Chapter, gives the guests on his Aug. 4 bus tour a preview of the day’s visit to historic sites and the new Philadelphia temple. Photo by Mark Dransfield.

An Aug. 4, 2016 road trip to Philadelphia – organized by Ryan Koch, an RCC New York Chapter member, and his staff – celebrated religious freedom in America from both historic and contemporary perspectives.

The visit began with tours of Independence Hall, the Congressional building and the Liberty Bell, led by a National Park Service ranger. After a “build your own Philly cheese steak” lunch, the group attended an open house at the new Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Temples are a place where you can come and be separated from the world for a time,” said Koch, director of public affairs in New York for the LDS church. He also was co-chair of the RCC2016 national convention.

“It’s a chance to reflect, meditate, pray. It’s an opportunity to evaluate your life and what you can be doing better. It’s a time to draw closer to divinity and to seek His guidance. It’s a chance to recharge and then to go forward with faith.”


The Disturbing Sexist Trend in Interfaith Work

by Rabbi Jordie Gerson

In most cities I’ve lived in since being ordained as a rabbi, every single time I’ve seen an interfaith event sponsored by the Jewish community, it has featured a male imam, rabbi, and priest... Multifaith isn’t really multifaith if it excludes 50% of the population.

Read the full article on Forward.com...

Bud Heckman, vice president of the national RCC board, writes on Facebook about the article "Yep. But, Rabbi Jordie Gerson, this isn't a "trend" as the title you got slammed with says. It is a very longstanding systemic and structural problem. See the tracking work of Susie Hayward & Katherine Marshall on gender roles and imaging and religious leadership."

How we honor Muslims who stand up to terror

By Robert Satloff

Stories of Muslims facing down hate and terror, especially perpetrated by violent Islamists who claim to speak in their name, are both important to tell and more common than we realize.

Read full story on RNS site...

Simran Jeet Singh in NBC videoNBC features RCC member Simran Jeet Singh in Life Stories series

RCC member Simran Jeet Singh, professor of religion and Senior Religion Fellow at The Sikh Coalition, reflects on his upbringing and faith, and the importance of cultural and religious literacy across traditions in America in NBC's Life Stories video.

See video at NBC site...

Religious Freedom Center offers classes for religious and civic leaders

Religious Freedom Center signBecome a constitutional and human rights specialist on issues of religion and public life.

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. We envision a world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people.

In carrying out this vision, our mission is to educate the public about the history, meaning and significance of religious freedom and to promote dialogue and understanding among people of all religions and none.

The Religious Freedom Center offers onsite and online classes that prepare religious and civic leaders for effective and principled leadership in a religiously diverse society.

We invite you to join this initiative and encourage you to apply for one or more of our courses. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 First Amendment courses.

5 Tips for a Successful Communications Ministry

Teresa Tysinger presents at June 2016 Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter meeting

Teresa Tysinger, Director of Communications at First Presbyterian Church in Ft Worth, Texas offered the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter “5 Tips for a Successful Communications Ministry” at the recent June meeting.

  1. Know who you are and who you serve
  2. Recruit your “dream team”
  3. Adopt policies (but be flexible)
  4. Don’t reinvent the wheel
  5. Always strive to get better



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