A portrait of Southern poverty

This article is from the March 2017 issue of The Lookout newspaper. The Lookout is a social justice street newspaper published by the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center. It is available throughout Chattanooga from distributors who are, who have been or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. A suggested donation of $1 per […]

Gathering Our Hope Around Us

These are the welcome remarks Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster gave at the Unity Group‘s MLKing Interfaith Celebration at the Justice and Peace Center on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Welcome to the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center. We are so happy to have all of you here tonight to honor […]

What is Sacred Community?

What is sacred community?  Galatians 3: 28-29 Preached at Renaissance Community Church by Rev. Brian Merritt 3/7/16 I grew up in a very conservative church and town in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is a place that prides itself in the simple life and that sometimes is equated with a simple minded ethic. I only knew an ethic […]

Without Honor

Sermon preached by Brian Merritt at Renaissance Presbyterian Church 1/31/16 Luke 4:14-30 I hear preachers who often extol their role as prophetic preachers. Then I listen to their preaching and wonder why my definition of the prophetic is so radically different than theirs. Am I just being contrary when I contend that many of the […]