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A Legacy Worth Pursuing: Jack Spong and The Rest of Us

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

This column first appeared on johnshelbyspong.com on Dec. 1st, 2016. It is re-posted here with permission.  Dear Jack, When I learned of your stroke in September, I was en route to the fourth Common Dreams Conference in Brisbane, Queensland. Having no details at that point and being a half-a-planet away, I was anxious about having to…

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No Way to Live

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Our society is dominated by the self-serving who proceed by ways of calculation and cunning and manipulation and deceit. But such a society — with its violence, its consumerism, its militarism, its alienation — is no way to live. To ponder an alternative, from greed to generosity, from self-serving to gratitude, our whole life made…

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Celebrating TEN YEARS of Living the Questions! 20% off!

By Jennifer Schwarz | October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ten years ago, the real world needs of two United Methodist pastors in Arizona led to the development of a DVD and web-based curriculum designed to help people wrestle with the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century. Rev. David Felten and Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy believed that, “at its core, Christianity has something good to…

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In Memory of Marcus: March 11, 1942 – January 21, 2015

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 21, 2015 | 1 Comment

A memorial celebrating the life and influence of Marcus Borg will be held on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015. This public service of remembrance will be at 2pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. As a modest tribute to Borg’s contribution to “Living the Questions,” we offer this clip of Marcus demonstrating a body prayer for your own…

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Save 50% on Saving Jesus Redux Curriculum Edition

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER Save 50% on Saving Jesus Redux Curriculum Edition now through Tuesday March 24th when ordering online at www.livingthequestions.com! Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is total revision of Living the Questions’ popular 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of…

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LtQ Keynote in Canada, Eh?

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

David Felten, author and co-creator of Living the Questions, joins author, storyteller, and professional firebrand Peter Rollins presenting keynote addresses at this year’s Epiphany Explorations in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 2003, First Metropolitan United Church has organized this eclectic mix of presentations, music, and visual arts. The conference includes stimulating and provocative presentations by prominent theologians, authors and writers…

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Nashashibi on Mercy

By Jennifer Schwarz | January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the recent terror attacks in Paris and Africa, it becomes all the more important to be vigilant in not letting Radical Islamists destroy the reputation of Islam. Creating a world at peace requires seeking understanding and building relationships with those whom we may not have had much interaction — especially those who are dehumanized and excluded…

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Christmas Carol Challenge

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Challenge went out the week before Christmas: Does anybody know a good Christmas carol based on Mark’s version of Jesus’ birth? But alas, Mark doesn’t have a “birth narrative” on which to base a Christmas carol. So, we challenged LtQers to come up with a carol anyway! Thanks to Dennis Ryle, Squire John, and Marian L Shatto for their…

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Christmas Carols Based on Mark’s Birth Narrative

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Anybody know a good Christmas carol based on Mark’s version of Jesus’ birth? You don’t? Well maybe we should write one! How’s this? “The No News Good News” A Christmas Carol According to Mark Tune: St. Louis (O Little Town of Bethlehem) Of Jesus’ birth we have no news, No details or anecdotes. It likely…

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Two more BRAND NEW Carols from OZ

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to everyone for their enthusiastic responses, shares, and praise for George Stuart’s lyrics! In response, George has written two BRAND NEW sets of lyrics.  More Christmas than Advent, one is to the tune of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and the other is to the tune “The First Nowell.” In keeping with LtQ’s encouragement to actually…

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