Top Learnings from our trip to Southwestern Colorado

Each summer and fall, we try to get out of Denver and the Front Range, to meeting and listen to people across this big amazing state. We know that if we are to be authentically statewide, and accurate advocates, we have to build relationships with these communities. We have to learn about their assets and dreams, struggles and social issues. 

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Ana Temu
The Real Moral Breakdown of Donald Trump, and the Rest of Us Too

While it is easy to focus on the salacious and clearly ‘immoral’ stories of this president’s many affairs, or the long list of his countless lies, or the shocking divisive rhetoric, these acts can be seen as symptoms of a deeper disease. To better understand the apparent moral ‘pass’ Trump has received, we might take the opportunity for deeper transformation through exploring the underlying moral disease at hand. I believe the immorality in the presidency of Donald Trump is rooted in his life and worldview, and is an old story seeded in all of us in one way or another. 

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Nathan Hunt
Advent Reflection: Taxes and Waiting for a Savior

We're all longing for salvation. All of us crave the day when relief will come, when things will get better, when we'll be free of these burdens, free of this shame, freed into loving relationship, free to abundant life. These past few weeks, the universal search for salvation played out in Congress over a tax bill as dueling visions fought for their own messiah.

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Nathan Hunt
Coffee, Community, and the Fight for a City's Soul

Tell me what community looks like. As ink! Coffee reopened at 6:00am on November 28th after days of protests in response to their irresponsible advertisement (“Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood Since 2014”), community leaders gathered in front of their door and chanted these words into the morning darkness.

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Nathan Hunt
With Joy and Justice: Joining the Global Faith Movement for an Economy of Life

I have never experienced the beauty and emergent possibility of our mission as I did living and learning alongside bodies and accents of every shade from every continent for two weeks in Lusaka, Zambia this August. We were brought together from fourteen nations by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and World Council of Reformed Churches (WCRC) to develop competency in economics.

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Nathan Hunt
Tiny Steps Toward the Beloved Community

How do you go about building the beloved community? Where would you start? And what would it be like, anyways? Over the past year, we’ve walked alongside an incredible group of people who are asking these questions in the midst one of the darkest forms of economic injustice: homelessness.

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Nathan Hunt
Leading In This Time

We name that as we lead, there are times we have rushed to action before we have time to thoroughly assure we are fully living into our values. Specifically – we seek to ensure people from marginalized communities (black, brown, immigrant, refugee, religious minorities, GLBTQ, ability, gender, economic poverty) are at the center of our relationships and our work. We seek to connect people in multiple congregations and communities to this work.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

I believe Dr. King has something to say to us today. His message is as it has always been: a prophetic critique that peels back the inequities and moral vacuity of the current order, an energizing vision that tears us from complacency, and an empowering charge that launches us into the work ahead.

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I've Gotta Believe

I’ve gotta believe we can and will do this and so much more.  I’ve gotta believe there are more good people in this world than the corrupt.  I’ve gotta believe there is a reason this is happening. And that reason is to awaken the power within, draw us close, to be the righteous change this world needs. I’ve gotta believe good overcomes evil and love trumps hate.

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God Is On Your Side...

Can you imagine the conversation between Gabriel and Mary: “Mary, sister, you need to buckle in. Things are about to get wild. It’s goin down and you’re at the center of it all. God hasn’t forgotten about you and your people.” Do you remember Mary’s response from Luke’s Gospel: “How can this be?” Perhaps Gabriel simply shrugged his shoulders: “You are God’s daughter and always will be.”

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The Common Ground We Owe

At the end of the day, I want to believe that despite interpretive differences, Christians embrace that scripture reveals truth about God that is timeless and universal. Christians cannot dispute the Greatest Commandment of loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is the lens of truth through which all commandments are followed. Divine law and mercy include and direct us toward the value and love of all people.

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Blue Holiday

A Blue Holiday is not a new concept, particularly Blue Christmas. It is a phrase denoting sadness during a time that everyone is or at least expected to be blissfully filled with joy. Typically, it refers to a sadness resulting from some type of loss or loneliness; a sadness that overshadows or eclipse what is normally a time of love, light, and liveliness. However, today, for some, it may also adequately describe a profound lament regarding perceived realities of the human condition.

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A Call to Action

But then something gave me pause. While it was comforting to know that I did have a failsafe in place, I quickly dismissed the idea and used this pivot in American history as momentum to continue my work through my own non-profit. Meet the Middle East, which aims to foster relationships between the US and the Middle East through education and immersion travel, is more important now than ever before.

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Into the Unknown

Our task, as we go forth in the aftermath of a brutal, ugly, frightening and vastly disappointing election is to speak up and make our voices heard if and when we see injustice and bigotry injected into our daily lives. Our character will be on display as we go forth into this wilderness. Will we be able to  speak truth to power?  Will we be voices of conscience, compassion and consistency, or will we allow the waves of ugliness that this election has unleashed go unchecked?

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With Justice and Mercy for All

In this season of demonstrable democracy, we must elect leaders who use their power to lift up the lowest among us, who with their authority seek to be generous and faithful and steadfast.  We must engage in discourse the way Jesus did, surprising one another with our mercy, setting our hearts toward openness rather than judgment.  Using our words to create a culture in which even our enemies have a place at the table.

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