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Fr. Jason Emerson on HuffPost: Urge Your Sentator to Override Governor’s Veto

Fr. Jason Emerson, Church of the Resurrection, Omaha

Fr. Jason Emerson, Rector at Church of the Resurrection, Omaha

Father Jason Emerson from Church of the Resurrection, Omaha was interviewed by Huffington Post yesterday for a story on the Governor’s veto of the repeal of Nebraska’s death penalty. Father Jason explains to TNE:

“I first advocated for Nebraska to Abolish the Death Penalty in 2001 when I was a Resurrection House intern. I naively thought we would abolish it that year. It has been a long time coming, but the unicameral finally put an end to this failed government program that is not only expensive but is also morally, spiritually, and religiously wrong–Please contact your state senators and encourage them to override the veto.”

Click here for the full story on Huffington Post.

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From SSJE: Physicist Bishop & Monk discuss a breakthrough in Time

The Rt. Rev. Nick Knisely and Br. Geoffrey Tristram

The Rt. Rev. Nick Knisely and Br. Geoffrey Tristram

A Conversation about Time with Br. Geoffrey Tristram and The Rt. Rev. Nick Knisely.

So many people today seem to suffer from a sense of disordered time; our experience of time is polluted by misuse and abuse. And it’s poisoning our lives—like a disease, really. Yet time is meant to be a gift from God. Geoffrey Tristram sat down with Nick Knisely in the hopes of gaining a better understanding of this complicated realm in which faith and science intersect.

Br. Geoffrey asked all his Brothers to pray individually about time for a whole year and made it a topic of the Society’s annual retreat. He also expanded his understanding by having a conversation with The Rt. Rev. Nick Knisely of The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Bishop Nick is also a physicist and together they had a fascinating conversation that explored the current thinking of physics and its intersection with theology and time.

Click here to view the article on SSJE.

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John Pavlovitz: Ferguson, Immigration, Gay Rights, And The Destructive Myth Of ‘Them’


Thank God for Them. Whenever we’re in a fight, we need a clear enemy, and we need it fast. There’s something about human nature that craves separation in times of conflict. It’s a deep-rooted self-preservation that drives us to divide.

Making someone into Them is spiritual theft; it’s stealing their deep, rich humanity as you consider or debate them. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all been victims of it. You know what it feels like to be made into Them; to be summarized in a sweeping stroke, shrunken down into a tiny box based on one small aspect of who you are, and told that that’s all you are.

Click here for full article on John’s Blog.

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On-Demand Video: National Church Celebration of 40th Anniversary of Ordination of Women


View this link for a video from the national church with live on-demand worship of the celebration of the 40 year anniversary of the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. (Archdeacon Betsy Blake Bennett recommends, “At around 33:00, the Presiding Bishop preaches a wonderful sermon!”)



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North Platte Telegraph: Church of Our Savior Honors First Service




From the North Platte Telegraph:

The Episcopal Church of Our Savior will celebrate the 147th anniversary of the first church services held in North Platte with a special commemorative service on Sunday, June 15, in the parking lot west of the North Platte Canteen Memorial on Front Street, a location that was once home to the North Platte Hotel.

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the service will be a tour of sites related to the history of the Episcopal church in North Platte. After the tour, there will be a reception in the Fireside Room at Church of Our Savior, 203 W. Fourth St.


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From SOJO: Overland Park Shootings–Learning to Love With Breaking Hearts


The violence of hatred breaks our hearts. This past weekend in my neighborhood of Overland Park, a shooter killed three people and injured others. My church sits a mile from the sites, and members of my parish know the families of the victims. We are in the process of responding, holding vigils and praying, seeking to comfort one another and make sense of this hateful thing.

I know two ways souls respond to such hate. In one, the heart hardens against the violence, protecting itself. In the other, the heart weeps, leaving itself open to be broken again.

The first way can seem so right…

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From SOJO: Marked with Ashes and Bearing the Cross


With the exception of “WWJD” bracelets, there are few times when outward physical appearance reveals Jesus followers in the public square. Other religions often require their faithful to move through the mundane activities of life outwardly proclaiming the core of their faith. For the traditional Hindi it is the saree or the sherwani. For the Muslim it may be the kurta or hijab; for the traditional Jew the yamaka or headscarf. Every day around the world these men and women move through life, often in cultures unlike their own — marked.

Once a year the global body of Christ reveals itself to the world en masse. Foreheads marked with ashes, the global church moves through the first day of Lent with the sign of the cross in plain view for all to see. In the midst of the mundane, those ashes blend with sweat and soot and reveal to the world just who is a follower of Jesus in their midst….

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From the Huffpost: 7 Ways to be sure you are a Martin Luther King Jr. Kind of Christian

httpFrom the Huffington Post:

To understand the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one should first look to his Christian faith, which gave him the language, spiritual strength and community to fuel and sustain his singular efforts for justice, peace and freedom.

Faith was at the center of his life.

However, as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. it is worthwhile to consider the kind of faith King embodied. Because there isn’t just one kind of Christian; and not all faith leaders lead towards freedom.

As King himself wrote:

“On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South’s beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. Over and over I have found myself asking: ‘What kind of people worship here? Who is their God?'”

It is crucial to remember the sad truth that, while there were some Christians who supported King and his monumental efforts towards civil rights, against poverty, and for peace, there were many, many other Christians who either actively opposed his work or sat silently on the sidelines….

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From the Washington Post: Church Shouldn’t Be this Hard

httpFrom the Washington Post:

…”An assembly that should do what Jesus did shouldn’t be so inwardly focused, so determined to be right, so eager for comfort, so fearful of failing.”

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