The substance and evidence of our faith after Charlottesville

By Beth Foster, Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center director I’ve told about my experiences in Charlottesville this past weekend over and over in the last couple days — on social media, in videos, and to reporters, family members, friends, and others in my community. That is one of the reasons I went, to bear […]

Making God Angry

sermon preached by Rev. Brian Merritt at Renaissance Presbyterian Church Text: Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 As a pastor when I continually encounter people who are not getting enough food to eat, in a land of plenty I get angry. When I am asked about helping with utilities, transportation, housing or health I am livid. When I […]

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 […]

Prayer service, vigil for Charleston victims, for end to racism and white supremacy

Today will be a day of prayer at the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center. We will lift up victims’ families and the churches that have been terrorized. We will pray for an end to racism and white supremacy that creates such violence and bloodshed and terror in places of sanctuary and worship. Our hearts […]