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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.

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

Each day brings another account of sexual assault. This Lent, may we be burdened with the work we have left undone – the work that allows space for sexual abuse to thrive in our churches, in our businesses and in our culture. […] Read More

The staggering level of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention reminds us of this truth: Not until we realize the powerful way religion can hurt people can we understand the powerful way it can heal people. […] Read More

For many churches, January is full of discussions and negotiations about budgets. Instead of a time of renewal, it’s a time of uncertainty and tense conversations, affecting clergy’s ability to plan and lead. […] Read More

The end of one year and start of another provide the perfect opportunity to take time to remember. If you find such reflection challenging, consider a new spiritual discipline: the act of sustained remembering. […] Read More