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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.

When life is calm, it’s easy for us to think we have control over our environment. As COVID-19 spreads and the stock market dives, Lent asks us to walk by faith rather than by sight, knowing the Divine guides and leads us. […] Read More

Lent provides an opportunity to go knowingly into the wilderness, to visit Jesus as he is being tempted and to gather strength from Jesus’ strength. To have an insight into Jesus’ wilderness journey gives insight into our own. […] Read More

I dreamed I was at a denominational meeting, where male colleagues silenced and shamed me. When dreams reveal our deepest hurts and our deepest joys, perhaps these dreams are not dreams at all but visions of the divine. […] Read More

We all face seasons in life when our senses are dulled because we have been kicked into survival mode. When you feel like you’re riding a carousel watching the world blur by, it’s vital to ground yourself in the here and now. […] Read More

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