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Author Ken Sehested

Ken Sehested is curator of prayerandpolitiks.org, an online journal at the intersection of spiritual formation and prophetic action. He was the founding co-pastor of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina.

Some may describe this moment of history in apocalyptic terms, but the apocalypse is not earth gone to hell in a handbasket by means of a bloody conflagration. It is the confidence in the promise of a new beginning. […] Read More

With moneyed corporate interests seeking an opportunity to cash in on a federal government economic relief package, let’s remember what we can do to benefit the common good and the average citizen. Here are 4 ideas. […] Read More

With the primary elections well underway and this week’s Super Tuesday results behind us, the US presidential election process is in full swing. Check out these 14 tentative conclusions on the US presidential primary process. […] Read More

Betty Jane Crandall is an unlikely lawbreaker. The 80-year-old retired elementary school teacher and preschool Sunday school teacher was handcuffed for committing an act of civil disobedience to call attention to the climate crisis. […] Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. challenged us with his dream. While some seek to distort that dream, King envisioned a dream that was available even when our backs are against the wall. Go forward with courage to bring that dream to reality. […] Read More

You may believe you know all you need to know about the tensions between the US and Iran, but it may not be as clear-cut as you think. To interpret the latest round of US-Iran tension, here is some history you need to know. […] Read More

My mentor and friend, Walker Knight, who died Dec. 1, knew faith is often clarified not in the absence of conflict but within and through it. His brave voice spoke out on a variety of justice, peace and human rights commitments. […] Read More

Another shooting. This time in a Santa Clarita schoolyard. So the ritual begins. The press conference. The calls for prayer. ‘Never again’ echoed once again. Cable news pontifications. Promises from politicians. And nothing is done. […] Read More

As you observe Veterans Day, originally called Armistice (or Remembrance) Day, marking the cessation of World War I hostilities on the 11th month of the 11th day of the 11th hour in 1918, keep these 4 reflections in mind. […] Read More

In most Baptist circles, All Saints’ Day – the day after Halloween – is never mentioned, much less observed. Yet telling stories of faithful witness is the most effective means of catching courage and transmitting hope. […] Read More