Carol Howard Merritt shares her religious hopes for 2013. What are yours?

January 14, 2013

Religious hopes for 2013
In her Tribal Church blog for the Christian Century, Carol Howard Merritt reminds us that “religion can be a force for good or a tool for oppression.” Although 2012 had its share of negative words, actions, and events reported as religious news, Merritt looks instead on the bright side. She says Christians in the United States “can point to a lot of good things in the last year”and names specific actions that make her “proud to be a part of a movement whose great concern is learning to love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But there is much more social justice work to do, and she includes among her religious hopes for 2013 three particular areas that need action in a positive, progressive direction. Read what they are.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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