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Ask Boldy, Live Justly

Ask Boldy, Live Justly Commentary by Tracy Simmons This column is an abridged version of a guest sermon given over the weekend at Chewelah United Church of Christ. I’ve never been good at advocating for myself. Just the other day I overpaid for a coffee I didn’t order because I …

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ICR on the Road … and on the Ropes

Creationism has two main songs: “Origins or Bust” about life itself or aspects of it being impossible other than via divine creation, and “Gee Whiz” stuff marveling at the amazing (fill in the blank) but not going too far into whatever science literature there may be on them, especially their evolutionary history.

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Suicide Prevention in Black Churches: Reclaiming Culture and Power

Soul Shop for Black Churches, a faith-based, suicide prevention resource, has recognized the central role the Black church plays in the community. Preparing leaders of faith communities to provide culturally and psychologically-based support to struggling community members is a step toward reclaiming cultural power and identity in the face of suicide, stress and hardship.

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Speak out: refuse to justify the ‘unthinkable’ of using ‘limited’ nuclear weaponry

The Cuban missile crisis was exactly 60 years ago and brought us to the brink of a nuclear war with the former Soviet Union. Thankfully, President Kennedy found helpful back channels to communicate with Nikita Krushchev, and he backed down. We are facing a similar crisis this October. President Biden recently said at a fundraiser: “I don’t think there’s any such thing as the ability to easily (use) a tactical nuclear weapon and not end up with Armageddon.”

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