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I asked preachers from all over the diocese to send me the sermons they used to kick-off the Exodus Big Read, and they responded magnificently. Here’s a small portion of the collective wisdom of the diocese, with links to the full text of the sermons. (more…)

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We’re so pleased to welcome Rabbi Daniel Bogard as the Big Read’s Rabbi in Residence!  His participation comes about due to the good work of The Rev. Manoj Zacharia and Christ Church Cathedral.  The idea of inviting Daniel to be our Rabbi in Residence emerged from a Co-Create the Cathedral initiative, and his presence is supported by both the Diocese of Southern Ohio and the Cathedral.  Daniel will be joining us at Diocesan Convention and at the Capstone Event with Terence Fretheim in April.  He will be blogging (and maybe even podcasting) regularly on this site. And, he’ll be available for Sunday morning Adult Forums at parishes throughout the diocese.  To contact Daniel, please send an email to me at kpbstevens@nullgmail.com, and I’ll put you in touch with him. (more…)

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Rachel Wheeler, in her article “Charlottesville, Exodus, and the Politics of Nostalgia,” brilliantly delineates how our understanding of the Exodus story effects our responses to racism and injustice.  She writes:

The mythic narrative of Exodus has long anchored American identities. The American Dream is a variant of the Exodus narrative. Americans from the Puritans to enslaved African-Americans, to Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Falwell have peered through Exodus-colored glasses to interpret their lives and their country. Why, then, have they seen such different things? Largely because so many white Christian Americans view their country as Canaan, while Americans of color find themselves not there yet, or even still in Egypt.

Thanks to Anne Reed for bringing this article, part of Religion & Politics “The State of the Union Project,” to my attention.  Follow this link to read the whole article.