Advent Journey: In the Steps of Joseph and Mary, Mike Brown and Eric Garner

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At my community, Hope Fellowship, we intend and aspire to be a diverse group of people. Yet we often fail miserably. We are primarily Anglo, but we try to be diverse and include among ourselves Latino/as. Many of us have connections to Spanish-speaking countries in various ways. We try to be bilingual. We translate most […]















I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon

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Here is the sermon I gave in chapel for the Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice.















Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework

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I recently made a presentation at Texas Lutheran University’s Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice with the title Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework. Unfortunately the video does not include the images and graphics from the powerpoint I used which was a big part of the presentation.















Cultivating Economic Peace in an Age of Instability

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This story is similar to my own journey in understand the relationship of economics to the purpose and mission of the church. We tried to imagine an economy informed by the narratives of scripture, one bearing witness to the reign of God. It would be made of the same ingredients as the dominant economy: the […]















Why Food Should be a Commons not a Commodity

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Food is treated as a private good in today’s industrial food system, but it must be re-conceived as a common good in the transition toward a more sustainable food system that is fairer to food producers and consumers. If we were to treat food as a commons, it could be better produced and distributed by […]















How to divest from fossil fuels

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What if you want to root out petroleum investments in your own life? Could you? Granted, your contribution may be small as ever, but divestment is picking up steam. It got name checked by the president during his now-legendary Sweaty Forehead Speech, and it’s getting attention from the mainstream media. Here’s The New York Times […]















Market Offers Wealth of Tradition—and Veggies—for Immigrant Farmers

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Markets like Crossroads support immigrant farmers by connecting them with other immigrants, making it easy to exchange knowledge, and helping them find a way to return to their agrarian roots. The Crossroads farmers’ market is known statewide for being the first farmers market in Maryland to electronically accept various types of nutrition benefit programs: food stamps, known […]















Does the Church Need to Build Alternative Economies?

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Excellent and challenging article that questions our assumptions about economics in the church while also offering some alternatives that we can begin to live out in our churches and communities. I’m proud to say that our community (though imperfectly) is already practicing these alternatives. I would add the sharing economy to the list of alternatives. […]















What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate

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Marie was only 11 years old when she spoke at the “Raise the bar, Hershey!” rally in 2010. She’d seen videos of children in Ivory Coast and Ghana lugging around heavy sacks of cocoa beans and wielding machetes to open cocoa pods. She heard that these malnourished children in forced labor are often whipped or […]















What’s Fairer than Fair Trade?

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This is a great article which breaks down some of the problems with Fair Trade and poses some possible solutions. Also discovered in the article that a Mennonite started the fair trade movement. There is today a far wider, more exciting range of chocolate bars available than we knew even a decade ago, and consumers […]