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Learn to do good; seek justice; correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless; plead the widow's cause.

Isaiah 1:17

The church is like a swimming pool. Most of the noise comes from the shallow end.

Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong

God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God.

Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong

Love cures people; both the ones who give it, and the ones who receive it.

Karl Menninger

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

Mother Teresa

I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.

Abraham Lincoln

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

Epictetus

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

Galileo

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Albert Einstein

Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.

Desmond Tutu

When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.

Desmond Tutu

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

The revelation of God being discovered by pagans must wake all of us up and help us to fully accept that revelation can and will come to us through multiple faiths, multiple disciplines, and multiple kinds of people.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

If we are to find God on our own life journey, we must first be wise people, willing to utilize our own religious tradition, but also be willing to look beyond it, willing to use scripture as a resource, but also willing to see that God is sometimes beyond scripture, willing to utilize our own wisdom, but also willing to realize that by itself, it is not enough. Our tradition alone can never answer all the questions for us. We must be willing to step outside of our comfort zone and be willing to consider another way.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

If we are to experience God today, we must be aware that for all its potential good, our church institution can also trap us. We must always be concerned that our own tradition may blind us from new perspectives, new possibilities, new ways to see God.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

Churches that function as an arm of the state no longer are in a position to be prophets and can no longer see God in their own midst.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

The story of the wise men also gives us our central metaphor in understanding the Christian life. It is journey. Like the wise men, sometimes we do not have the answers, sometimes we do not know where God is, sometimes our faith seems not only lacking, but completely gone. Real faith though, is about continuing our search for God when we don't have a clue where God may be or even IF God may be.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

Faith for us and for the wise men is all about not being afraid to make the journey in the back of beyond when the world tells us to take the interstate. ... And when we find something totally unexpected, we like the wise men, must be willing to accept what we find. That is what epiphany is all about.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

If we continue to be that church, the one that embraces science, the one that learns from all of the world's great faith traditions, the one that never accommodates itself to the culture, the one that always stands up against the state and the church when they veer from what God teaches us, than all shall be well.

The Rev. Steve Keplinger

Being in the Church Without Being of the Church

Sermon on Jan. 5, 2014

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