Faith Reflections

Contributing authors and speakers share their insights on matters of faith and the community.

Everything that Breathes

Like humanity, nature bears God’s imprint and likeness. It can never be a mere play-thing at the total and utter discretionary use of humans. Instead, we humans are a part of God’s creation as a whole. more

Rev. Erik Christensen, Pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square, has shared his sermon from Palm Sunday with us to reflect on during Holy Week. He discusses last week’s Mega Millions payout and the constant struggle we all face in determining whether Christ or wealth will occupy our hearts. more

Faith and Contraception

Responsibility. What’s your policy? That’s what the American people are being asked today. And that’s what religious communities and people of faith are again asking, especially on issues like sexuality, and reproductive health, and, yes, contraception. more

The Sum of God’s Work

Sunday morning, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to defend his remarks to the Ohio Christian Alliance. While speaking to the conservative Christian group last weekend, Santorum stated that President Obama perpetuates “some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.” This statement itself is problematic in several ways, not least of which is the tired implication that the president might not be a Christian. It was Santorum’s clean up, though, that actually mucked everything up. more

Reflections on Fasting

Over the years, I have fasted both communally with my prior church for the 40 days of Lent, and also individually as a one-day fast several times throughout the year. The key for me is that it’s not just about fasting alone; it is being very intentional about fasting for the purpose of praying at the same time. more

Sources of Our Hope

How did King come to terms with constant struggle, lack of progress, dreams delayed? Most fundamentally, he believed in an ultimate reality that makes defeat temporary and redeems our failures. He trusted what Jesus has told us about God as love. more

It has been 44 years since the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. What would he think about our life together today? I doubt very much that he could visualize an African American in the White House so soon. I can only imagine the quiet satisfaction he might feel. But he would agonize over the fact that we are in this country more divided by wealth and income than at any time since the Gilded Age of the 1890s and the Great Depression of the 1930’s. He would not be surprised that African Americans, as usual, are bearing a disproportionate share of the burden. more

Rev. Susan Johnson discusses themes of danger and hope in the Magnificat and asks us to dwell on Mary’s witness and participation, which magnify God for us – that is, making God visible, tangible, palpable, follow-able, helping us to understand where God is, what God is doing, what the signs are – scattering the proud, bringing down the mighty, lifting up those of low estate, feeding those who hunger and thirst, sending away those who have had more than enough already. more

The following letter was written by Rev. Don Ashmall, Council Minister for the International Council of Community Churches. It was passed on to us by a PCG constituent and we enjoyed it so much, we wanted to share it with you. Happy Advent! more

A Call to Worship

Peter Baugher, Partner, Schopf & Weiss LLC, and member of the PCG of Directors, offered the following reflection and introduction when the Rev. Alexander Sharp preached at the First Congregational Church of Wilmette on the text Matthew 22:15 “Give, therefore, to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” more

“It is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.”

—Mahatma Gandhi