Posts Tagged ‘Pastor Kwest’

“Of Horses and Foxes: Chicago’s Next Move”

CHICAGO – May 13, 2014 When the Chicago Community Trust called and asked me to help moderate one of their “On the Table”discussions happening around the city, I wanted to know more about my audience and whether this would be a conversation worth moving out of bed on my day off. Our beloved city is known…

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LENT: Journey to Freedom

It takes no strength to give up, to accept shackles of soul, to shrug the shoulder in bland acquiescence. This is easy. But do not congratulate yourself that you have solved anything. These are the words of Howard Thurman, whom I hold in the highest regard. In many ways these are also the words of…

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Growing Up on Being Gay (a tale of evolution from a straight man)

***A few weeks ago, I did a sermon that mulled over the following question: “What is the difference between a disagreement, a debate, and an argument?” Whatever you read below is my attempt at following my own ethics. We will disagree on this*** Yesterday, University of Missouri football player Michael Sam came out as gay, and…

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On Jason Collins, or Why Coming Out Is-Isn’t-Is a Big Deal

When word came out that Jason Collins wrote an article for SI and, umm…came out…I wrote a text to a friend of mine that read the following: “I’m sitting this one out.” It was a simple response to a simple request from a dear friend for 500 words about the first openly gay player in…

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Keynote @ UCC General Synod

Some sermon. Some J.Kwest’in. About 3,000 of us in Long Beach, CA. S/O to the United Church of Christ for the opportunity and receiving me so well! Let’s grow!

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Hearing the New Questions

*Julian is a regular contributor to Sojourners publications. The orignal article, and comments, can be found here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/01/14/hearing-new-questions Editor’s Note: This post is part of our monthly newsletter Faith in Action. To sign up for the newsletter, complete with commentary and resources for church leaders and mobilizers, click HERE.  Photo: Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Mesut Dogan As the…

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LIVE BLOG: Church of the Resurrection

Leawood, KS, is a suburban sprawl of Kansas City, MO (or Kansas, I’m still confused), and I am here with some friends from the UCC to attend the Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection. “The Rez” is a Methodist ministry led by Adam Hamilton, who is easily Google-able. He writes often, and whatever he…

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My Thoughts on the #RNC

***The following does NOT represent the views of either Verbal Kwest or University Church, only J.Kwest. That’s why it’s not on either of those awesome sites*** I try my best to live without partisan bias: we live in times with issues that require far more critical analysis and response than either the Dems or the…

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Chicago’s Violence (a deeper look)

Because I do think it’s deeper than guns…This article I wrote in June 2012 and appeared in “Sojourners” — here it is for you. Even includes some of the work @UChurchChi (University Church, where I pastor) is doing. Click the link below. http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/06/27/nursing-trauma-how-one-church-going-after-chicago%E2%80%99s-violence-epidemic

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Tim Tebow and the DANGER of Public Displays of Faith

In 2009, the “Word of the Year” was “tweet“; In 2010, it was “app” (both are better than 1999’s winner – you guessed it – “Y2K“). Words like “gleek” and “drone” will no doubt occupy (my winner) the 2011 shortlist, but the wordologists better make room for a late surge by…Tebowmania. Call it a 4th…

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