Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

A Culture of Hate: Is This Who We Are?

Images of hatred fill our newspapers, radios, social media and televisions daily. During these last several weeks we have seen horrendous acts of violence against people because of their skin color, their employment as police, their sexual orientation, their ethnic background, or their beliefs and...

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A Creed for the Immigrants

I believe in God, the Almighty that led the people in exile, and in exodus, the God of Joseph in Egypt and of Daniel in Babylonia the God of foreigners and of immigrants. I believe in Jesus Christ, a displaced Galilean, who was born far from his people, who fled from his...

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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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