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Author Merianna Harrelson

Merianna Harrelson is pastor of Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, South Carolina, editor-in-chief of Harrelson Press Publishing, and an EthicsDaily.com / Baptist Center for Ethics board member.

As we enter into Advent season, US culture bombards us with consumerism. Our hearts are not with the suffering, the homeless and those in need. They’re aligned with spending more money on more stuff. Can this Advent change us? […] Read More

Just before the busy holiday season in America, All Saints’ Day reminds us to reflect on how we are spending this one life we have to live and to remember those who have gone before us and those we’ve lost over the past year. […] Read More

While we have come far to welcome and affirm members of the LGBTQ community with public events, other churches are determined to blunt that progress with their own subtle underlying protest to communicate doctrine and dogma. […] Read More

Does the US economy work for everyone or just for some? Instead of fighting against an unjust system, we pursue nicer houses, better cars and exotic vacations. Instead of working for more, perhaps we should work for better. […] Read More

Politicians once again offer symbolic thoughts and prayers following two more mass shootings. Their unanswered thoughts and prayers allow the culture of gun violence, divisiveness and hatred to continue to invade our country. […] Read More

Even churches on the progressive end of the Baptist spectrum, who are open to the LGBTQ community being members, still prefer that their welcoming stance and support of same-sex marriage aren’t too widely broadcast. […] Read More

When churches reach out for recommendations for pastoral candidates, certain candidates are recommended while others are not. It’s a system that disadvantages women and LGBTQ ministers. […] Read More

As we celebrate our freedom in the US this week with barbecues and fireworks, hundreds of children are imprisoned in atrocious conditions at our nation’s border. Will we risk our freedom to stand up for the least of these? […] Read More

Either you’re in God’s will or you’re not. While many folks find comfort in such black-and-white thinking, it also allows them to hurt and harm whole groups of people. A little cognitive dissonance can be good for your soul. […] Read More

How do we reconcile the hope of the resurrection with the reminder of death surrounding us? It’s one of the most difficult aspects of leading and guiding God’s people. Yet, Eastertide reminds us death can be overcome. […] Read More