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Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

By Al Tizon

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

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways.

Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

By Al Tizon

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

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways.

Church + Recognizing God’s Presence = Hope

By Kristyn Komarnicki

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

I try not to look at “the church,” as I used to understand that word, anyway—as an organized institution or loose network of denominations.

Church + Reformation = Hope

By Erina Kim-Eubanks

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

I believe that in this season of unprecedented challenges—the pandemic, political upheaval, racial uprisings, unceasing grief and violence, and more—many American churches have been faced with their long-standing idols.

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.

In Praise of Theological Tensions

By Gregory Coles
The genius of Christian unity, of the body of Christ acting like a body composed of different parts, is that we become wiser and more whole in fellowship with each other. Our tensions, like tendons, make us able to reach in multiple directions without tearing apart.

Being the Church, Outside the Church

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Just before Memorial Day weekend, President Trump called for the opening of churches and other houses of worship. And much as I long to be able to attend church again, that made my heart sink.