I am a U.S. Army Veteran. I am also an organizer and activist with Veterans for Peace (link: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/); an organization that seeks to end militarism and U.S. imperialism at home and abroad by providing a counternarrative to the governmental pro-military propaganda put forth on days like Memorial Day. We tell about the true costs of war and militarism by sharing our own experiences.
by Rev. Emily E. Ewing
As Christians today, especially those of us who call ourselves progressive, it’s easy to look at the early church, especially the circumcised believers in our Acts reading and call them judgmental or compare them to all the “other” churches around. Yet that reinforces harmful and antisemitic tropes about Judaism as a judgmental faith tradition and lets us off easy, when we probably haven’t earned the cookies of congratulations yet. It makes us the Peters of the world.
by Meagan McLaughlin
As I read these texts, all I see is new life, all over—Peter calls on God to raise Tabitha, Jesus promises to give his sheep eternal life, the faithful are brought through the trial and will have food, drink, and shelter from the heat—God will lead them to water. It is Easter, and Jesus is risen indeed!