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
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted October 23, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

- Martin Luther King Jr.... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Sufi thought...
Posted October 7, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Small Bites
"For Sufis, death is stepping across a threshold and being given another chance to reawaken. If we accept the premise that life and death are both gifts from the Divine, then the prospect of death becomes more a source of wonder than a cause for fear. The Sufi phrase "die before you die" can be interpreted to mean that death reveals what is truly i... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Your Spiritual Posture
Posted October 2, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
By Mike Wade

What did mom say? "Sit up straight. When you slouch you look like a question mark!" In your youth, a lack of posture came from a lack of interest. You either really didn't care about something or you wanted to act just cool enough to make people think you're didn't care. When dad walked into your room you didn't know what was about to... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Paul Vallely
NY Times

Anyone who wants to understand the message Pope Francis will bring to the United States should visit the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Detroit. In one classroom is a photograph of the pope sending a dove aloft; in the art room, a picture of a smiling Francis with a lamb draped across his shoulders; in the Spanish-langua... read more
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