Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

To a Place of Celebration

To a place of celebration filled with laughter, dancing, joy, Came such violent devastation—one man’s efforts to destroy. God, we grieve for loved ones taken; we lament, “What can we do?” Now, we’re feeling lost and shaken; heal our nation! Make us new!   Weapons kill—and so does silence; hear...

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Fall Spiritual Events

Even at the start of summer, my thoughts begin to turn to the fall. Perhaps it’s because I don’t deal well with heat and humidity or perhaps it’s because the opportunities for spiritual retreats seem to increase as the seasons change. Or maybe it is...

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Mean-spiritedness

The politics of mean-spiritedness is at work in our land. It is heard on radio talk shows, on the TV news, and certainly in the rhetoric of politicians. It is the prevailing attitude far too often as we move further into the election campaigns. Mean-spiritedness feeds...

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Summer is for Reading

Summer is a great time to join a Book Club – to begin a new adventure with women committed to exploring the world of books. Reading books that focus on a broad range of women’s experiences, the book club at Scarritt Bennett Center is an...

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“Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart”

Edward H. Plumptre wrote the following hymn in 1865 as a processional hymn for a choir festival in a church in England.   Rejoice, ye pure in heart                                 Yes, on through life’s long path, rejoice, give thanks, and sing;                         still chanting as ye go; your glorious banner wave on...

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Anatomy of a Schism

What would happen if the lives of five Baptist clergywomen were set at the center of a conversation about changes to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) over the last four decades? Author, researcher, and Central Tennessee professor of practical theology, Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed does just...

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A Mid-Week Sabbath Break

Thomas Merton wrote in his book, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight In Our Busy Lives: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence. . . [and that is] activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form perhaps the common form,...

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