Sparker: "Don't know if you follow Diana Butler Bass on Twitter but she posted this thread on church history and politics yesterday I found thought provoking." by Diana Butler Bass | Twitter, November 15, 2019 Working on a piece of memoir and my attention wandered back to a moment in graduate school that was very … Continue reading It wasn’t a miracle. It was history.
Sparker: "If you haven't seen this yet, a read on some conclusions from the Bay Area wildfires. In particular some pieces relevant to the Climate Change sermons and justice." by Rachel Swan | San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2019 9. Low-income people were hit the hardest. Disaster has a built-in economic injustice. Affluent people tend to … Continue reading Bay Area’s wild week: What we learned from fires, outages and evacuations
Sparker: "Do you see Spark being part of the movement described below?" The Emerging Church by Richard Rohr | Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation, October 28, 2019. I do believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become … Continue reading Church: Old and New
Sparker: "I heard this fascinating podcast a few months ago that reminds me of your recent post!" Show notes: Imagine if evangelical Christians in the United States wanted to fight climate change with the same energy they fight abortion... Would U.S. environmental policies look different? Would the world's policies look different? Instead, in the U.S., … Continue reading What Would Jesus Drive?
Sparker: "This article made me think of Spark. ... I think we originally joined Spark because we were looking for a more progressive faith community. But we’ve also learned so much about valuing curiosity and humility." Humility is not the boldest of personality traits, but it’s an important one, studies find. And it’s hard to … Continue reading Be Humble, and Proudly, Psychologists Say
Sparker: "Hi Pastor Kevin, check this out [a very Sparky WSJ Article] if you get a chance! It feels like a more refined/eloquent view of how I want to see religion eventually, and the end especially made me think of Spark." If you think you’ve outgrown your childhood faith, you might just need to discover … Continue reading Religion for Adults Means Embracing Complexity