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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.

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

The Amazon rainforest isn’t burning; it’s being burned. The reason: Corporations and financiers want its resources. And the quickest way to gain access to them is to torch the forest. Their greed spells bad news for the planet. […] Read More

Folks have different reasons for wanting to join a church: give them the love they deserve, be a place of support, find new friends, offer programs for their children. But one woman’s reason for joining nearly burned my gravy. […] Read More

Stories of disaster and calamity capture the public’s attention. Instead, look for opportunities to shift your attention to – and champion – the accounts of where life is being fomented and fostered, even in incremental ways. […] Read More

Teachers and schools are in charge of our most precious resource yet struggle for adequate financing. What if schools enjoyed pork-barrel largesse and the military depended on corporate charity? Talk about a reversal of fortunes. […] Read More