Author: Carl Kline

Everyday Nonviolence

I think every day we go through some type of confrontation with someone or some group of people but it takes strength and courage for a personto walk away and not fight back. I think going through school since kindergarten and being bullied has taught…

Meat

Once on the Cheyenne River Reservation I had the opportunity to visit with the keeper of their bison herd. It was shortly after one of the worst blizzards that area had seen in a long time. Hundreds of cattle died. The drifts were so high and hard, fen…

Immigration

The latest issue of The Christian Century had an article about how the Trump Administration is making some of the work of the Christian Church easier. Not that anybody asked. In fact, in this instance, Trump policies are decimating a significant minist…

Our Climate Future

There was a segment on the news last evening about the draught in Somalia. It is so severe that previously good grazing lands are now parched desert. Humanitarian organizations were predicting famine there in March of last year and it has only worsened…

Consequences

           Walter Brueggemann is a well known and well respected Old Testament scholar. I was listening to him on tape the other day, “Embracing the Prophets.” This is a six session study. The session t…

Singing

There’s a singing video making the rounds on social media. Apparently there are more than 12 million people who have viewed it. You see a teacher sitting on the bleachers at her school as a group of young people are singing to her. The children are smi…

Mountains

     “Our Ascent of the Everest” is the account of Sir Edmund Hillary, who along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first humans to set foot on that mountain peak. The book includes the initial climb in 1951 that established the possib…

An American Thanksgiving

     This Thanksgiving, some things I saw on the internet made me think more seriously about the first inhabitants of this land. One writer told the traditional Thanksgiving story of friendship and a shared meal with the usual chara…

Dialogue

         Recently I was reminded of a book I read years ago, The Miracle of Dialogue by Reuel Howe. One time Director of the Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he was an author…

Children

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, has an article I’d like to spread far and wide called “Standing Up for Children.” She reminds us that when God wants something done on earth, it doesn’t happen through “battles and election…