Archive: John Bryson Chane
How many more will die before the Congress of the United States and the highest court in the land stand up to the gun lobby, put aside their political ideologies and differences and exercise the wisdom and courage necessary to address what has become the shame of our great democracy?
By John Bryson Chane | January 10, 2011; 04:24 PM ET | Comments (7)
Marshall, an Episcopal saint, was the subject of some shameful scorn this week in the U.S. Senate.
By John Bryson Chane | July 2, 2010; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (5)
Religious diplomacy must emerge as a real hope in solving some of the most egregious conflicts that currently confront significant portions of the world. It must assert itself as a force of engagement in cultural, economic and political affairs.
By John Bryson Chane | March 2, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (2)
D.C.'s proposed marriage equality law explicitly protects the religious liberty of those who believe that God's love can be reflected in the loving commitment between two people of the same sex and of those who do not find God there.
By John Bryson Chane | November 16, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (187)
Obama must continue to press the cause of human rights in both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, an issue that has often raised questions about U.S. Foreign Policy turning a blind eye to the issues of human rights violations in order to advance America's interests in the region.
By John Bryson Chane | June 3, 2009; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)
People who claim religious conviction for denying full access to civil marriage run the risk of being found guilty of presuming that they alone speak for the voice of God.
By John Bryson Chane | June 1, 2009; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (23)
In selecting Rick Warren, president-elect Obama was trying to signal his willingness to work with both sides in our country's culture wars. But in selecting Warren to deliver the invocation at his Inauguration, the president-elect has unfortunately conferred legitimacy on attitudes that are deeply contrary to God's all inclusive love.
By John Bryson Chane | December 29, 2008; 08:42 AM ET | Comments (47)
The President-elect, along with his foreign policy advisers, needs to clearly understand that many of the world's conflicts are fueled by systematically flawed religious ideologies which are either obvious or subtle.
By John Bryson Chane | December 8, 2008; 05:41 AM ET | Comments (2)
Gender inequality is too often supported and even tolerated by male stereotyping and supported by limited interpretations of the Holy Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
By John Bryson Chane | October 27, 2008; 03:02 AM ET | Comments (10)
Be careful in courting religious denominations and faith traditions support and their member's votes.
By John Bryson Chane | August 28, 2008; 05:34 AM ET | Comments (17)
Such belief defines a weak theological understanding of one's own faith tradition and emphasizes the secular culture creep into orthodox theological belief.
By John Bryson Chane | July 18, 2008; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (51)
What the decision of the Supreme Court of California raises for me is that clergy should remove themselves as licensed agents of the state who perform marriages and who should act only as religious who witness and bless the civil contract of marriage if they choose to do so.
By John Bryson Chane | May 27, 2008; 12:43 AM ET | Comments (7)
Pastor Parsley unfortunately demonstrates a level of ignorance that is both dangerous and divisive in understanding the faithful and historic connection between the three great Abrahamic, monotheistic religions of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
By John Bryson Chane | April 1, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (28)
We need to remember the size of a church or a denomination does not determine its success or its ability to live well into the Gospel.
By John Bryson Chane | March 1, 2008; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (13)
A leader who is an introvert will have a difficult time engaging with the challenges, conflicts, needs and demands of his or her constituencies. An extrovert can generate engagement and enthusiasm for a common goal or mission.
By John Bryson Chane | February 1, 2008; 08:57 AM ET | Comments (9)
Now more than ever we need Christmas -- a way to find hope in what seems to be the almost hopeless times of massive, overwhelming and disruptive change.
By John Bryson Chane | December 17, 2007; 05:09 AM ET | Comments (26)
Jesus was acutely aware that the poor would always be with us but that did not mean that we should not engage in the hard work of ending poverty.
By John Bryson Chane | December 12, 2007; 08:01 AM ET | Comments (34)
The belief that God is the causal agent in natural disasters and religious fanaticism is just plain bad theology.
By John Bryson Chane | September 5, 2007; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (151)
The issue of human sexuality should be based on loving, healthy relationships and not on sexual mechanics.
By John Bryson Chane | August 27, 2007; 07:37 AM ET | Comments (68)
It borders on the heresy of an American theocracy that could lead to a totalitarian view of acceptable religious expression.
By John Bryson Chane | August 1, 2007; 08:24 AM ET | Comments (14)
War is the ultimate definition of human failure! Faith is not lost during war but rather what is lost is faith in human nature, reason, compassion, decision making, justice, and the rule of law. If we possesses faith in God...
By John Bryson Chane | May 30, 2007; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (44)
When will the followers of Jesus' teaching finally stand together and say "enough" and begin the hard work of rigorously controlling the sale of weapons of death?
By John Bryson Chane | April 17, 2007; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (40)
Americans are sensitive these days, given the misuse of religion and religious rhetoric by some in the current Administration and in Congress.
By John Bryson Chane | January 25, 2007; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (190)