Charlie Van Dyke
(RNS) Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely.

However, support for religious freedom plummeted when people were asked about other traditions, according to a survey released Wednesday (Dec. 30) by the National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Re... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Jimmy Carter

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.
I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. S... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Gate A 4
Posted November 18, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:
Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.
An older woman in fu... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
What About Joseph
Posted November 17, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

Remember when the family was returning from a trip and they lost track of Jesus? They found him in the company of the teachers in the temple. After that story in the Gospel of Luke, you don’t hear anything about Jesus’ earthly father. The conclusion of a lot of scholars is that Joseph died before Jesus left home. They cite the fact t... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)Ronald Reagan once said that "all great change in America begins at the dinner table," and we agree. But, as ministers, we also believe that great change can't happen unless someone sets the table for tough conversations. That's where the pulpit comes in.

Recent events have poured salt in our deepest national wound: the injustice of racism. Y... read more
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