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Dr. Norma Cook Everist

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What Can One Person Do?
In the face of overwhelming national and global issues of racism, economic inequality, nuclear war, immigration, individuals are left wondering what their personal vocation can be. A lifelong friend of mine, Phyllis Kester, living in Denver, wrote me recent...

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Fifty Years After the Detroit Riots
Fifty years ago I wrote this letter about the Detroit riots
which had begun on a quiet Sunday morning, July 23, 1967. Our family lived in
the heart Detroit then where Burton served as pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran
Church. Look back with me as we approach th...

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One Woman's Persistent Voice Can Finally Be Heard
I Don't usually print what's in the news, but I this time I do, because it's important. In a time when many of us feel helpless and perhaps hopeless, Representative Barbara Lee from California simply kept on using her persistent voice yesterday, and, she wa...

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We Must Respond to the Call of the Current Situation
 I have been in public ministry for 57 years.  What has been the current call to faith
communities in those various decades? People feel the fear today: global instability, gun violence,
economic inequality, inhospitality to refugees. All these challenges a...

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Never Take For Granted a Gentle Hand on Your Shoulder
Children loved to hear the invitation to gather “in the front” of the sanctuary
during worship. They scrambled up the aisles to gather around as I sat on the
altar steps. The adults in their pews also were eager to listen in to the

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The Election: Predatory Power or Partnership?
Power. It’s all about power—and powerlessness. The predatory
sexual assaults of Donald Trump are being met by moral outrage. Some, however,
separate this behavior from his general outlook on all things, including business,
international relations, class and...

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