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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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Bishop Spong on the First Easter

By Jennifer Schwarz | April 19, 2014 | 3 Comments

“There is no question in my mind that had there not been some transforming experience that happened to the disciples after the death of Jesus that convinced them that he had conquered the boundary of human death there would be no Christianity.  But what people don’t understand is that the idea that that experience meant…

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Unbound from Yesterday’s Fears…

By Jennifer Schwarz | March 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

“If God is the ground of being, as I believe God is, then the only way you and I can worship God is by having the courage to be all that we can be — in the infinite variety of our humanity. Whether we are male or female, gay or straight, transgender or bisexual, white or…

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Another Version of Virgin…

By Jennifer Schwarz | December 11, 2012 | 9 Comments

With Pope Benedict’s recent release of a book reflecting on the Nativity, the historicity of the Virgin Birth is yet again back in the news. It seems that Benedict is more concerned that barnyard animals are inaccurately included in most traditional Nativity scenes than the fact that insistence on a literal virgin birth is one…

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Living the Questions Endorses Spong’s “Re-Claiming the Bible”

By Jennifer Schwarz | November 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Bishop John Shelby Spong’s latest book, “Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World,” comes out today. LtQ creators David Felten and Jeff Procter-Murphy were privileged to be included in list of those endorsing the new book. This collection of essays provides an accessible and informal primer on not only the history and significance of the…

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