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Church + Embodied Faith = Hope

By Brandi Miller

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

I am watching a movement of people who aren’t just discarding their faith but choosing a more embodied one that pays attention to people’s holistic personhood.

Church + God’s perfection = Hope

By Shane Claiborne

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

The Christian landscape is much bigger than the toxic evangelicalism that so often hijacks the headlines and colonizes our faith.

Church + Stifling the Spirit = Hard to Hope

By Myles Markham

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

Candidly, I haven’t experienced a lot of hope for the church lately. I’m in a season where it would seem that even progressive mainline traditions are stifling the work of God with bureaucracy, allegiance to hierarchy, and trying to resuscitate things that maybe just need to die before they can be truly resurrected.

Church + God’s faithfulness = Hope

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

The church plus God’s faithfulness give me hope. As I look at the story of God, and see the ways that God works for justice, particularly on behalf of the vulnerable, that gives me hope.

Church + Latinx Millennial Christian Leaders = Hope

By Alexia Salvatierra

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

What gives me hope is the vision of Latinx Millennial Christian leaders in the US and Latin America. Their visions for the church that they want to belong to and help create are so beautiful—true community, dedicated to loving each other and their neighborhood, committed to deep honesty with mutual grace, standing up for justice, creative and entrepreneurial for the gospel and the Way of Christ.

Church + Change = Hope

By Darren Calhoun

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

Two things are true: The Church will survive no matter what, and the institutional church may not survive how we know it.

Church + Clarity = Hope

By Lauren Grubaugh

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

St. Teresa of Ávila once said that clarity is freedom. The apocalypses of our own day can have a distilling effect for the Church, clarifying the Way: through justice, to liberation; through Christ, for all.

Church + Marginalized Voices = Hope

By Soong-Chan Rah

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

Hope arises when I hear the voices of those who had previously been silenced or marginalized cry out from the depths.

Church + Boldness = Hope

By Bridget Eileen Rivera

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see women stepping up as leaders and holding their brothers to account; I see people of color reminding the world of God’s justice and calling the church to repentance; I see queer people persevering in the faith and living in the safety of God’s love; and I see a global body of Christ that is so much bigger than Western culture.

A Radical Life of YESes

By David de Leon

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

Art (and the Gospel) for the Masses

By Whitney Bauck

In the book Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts, authors Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin draw a parallel between modern-day art museums and religious shrines: “Go inside any gallery and the atmosphere is hushed and reverent.

“Dear God, Help Me to Hate White People”

By Rob Dalrymple
When a pastor spotted this line in a prayer, he used it to spark a controversy about “hate” that missed key lessons about “prayer.” This article helps us understand prayer in a way that is particularly relevant for those advocating for justice.