Post Tagged as ‘Juneau Empire articles’

Living and Growing: Cultural Humility

Cultural Humility by Phil Campbell for Living and Growing Juneau Empire August 16, 2015 I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in those days it was one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Tulsa has made progress over the years, but like many cities it remains significantly segregated. While living there as a young adult, I helped lead a Free University class that was designed to introduce white Tulsans to the African American neighborhoods in the city. I was working as the education/information coordinator for the Target Area Action Group (TAAG) which was the citizen’s participation agency […]

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My Turn “Faith Support for Marriage Equality”

Faith Support for Marriage Equality by Phil Campbell for the Juneau Empire Recent polls indicate that the U.S. populace is split in its reaction to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same gender marriage. Many assume that people of faith line up with the opponents of same gender marriage, but often this is not the case. Religious traditions are divided. Within Christianity, the United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and others support same gender marriage in church as well as society. The congregation I serve is affiliated with two denominations and their official positions differ. The Presbyterian Church […]

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Living and Growing: Being Blessed

I had the privilege of attending the Blessing the Fleet earlier this month. For the past 25 years, the Juneau community has gathered for this event on the first Saturday in May at the Fisherman’s Memorial on the downtown waterfront. The blessing heralds the beginning of the commercial fishing season and acknowledges the dangers of the industry. It is a time filled with celebration and hope for a good year. It is also marked by reverence and somber remembrance of those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of their livelihood. As much as I like this event and […]

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Living and growing: Dancing into the future: Declaring what we are for

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-01-26/living-and-growing-dancing-future-declaring-what-we-are#.UuaqFL9vyUk When I was in college I wrote editorials for the weekly student paper. As I understood my job, it was to point out all the problems with the way things were. I decried injustice and inequality on campus. I denounced the administration’s unwillingness to give more than lip service to student demands. I criticized the myopia of the student body that too rarely looked beyond the narrow confines of college life to get involved with the larger issues of the day. And so on. The veracity of my observations was rarely challenged, but I was criticized rather regularly, for […]

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Be the light

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2013-12-22/living-and-growing-be-light#.UryyI7-A2Uk Today is the 32nd anniversary of my ordination as a minister. In the United Church of Christ, my denomination of origin, a service of ordination is an individual event, conducted by a regional association of churches. It is usually in the ordinand’s home church, as was mine. In the UCC, most ordinations are held on Sunday afternoons so that representatives from neighboring congregations can gather to participate in the service. Such a practice assumes a road system! As it turns out, the highways didn’t help thirty-two years ago; an ice storm cut my home state of Oklahoma in half. […]

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Can We Talk?

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2013-08-25/can-we-talk#.UhvKKH3TmUk By Phil Campbell I was a pastor in Denver in 1992 when the acquittal was announced in the trial of four Los Angeles policemen who beat Rodney King. Anger and despair greeted the verdict, and the streets of LA erupted in violence. In the aftermath, community leaders in Denver joined with those across the nation to demand racial justice, churches and other organizations sought to address the concerns, and Rodney King issued his now famous plea: “People can’t we all just get along?” The question was not new then and twenty years later, it has yet to be answered. […]

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Living and growing: Fatherhood complexities

Living and growing: Fatherhood complexities June 16, 2013 By Phil Campbell I find preaching on Father’s Day a challenge. My liturgical purist colleagues tell me I bring this on myself. Father’s Day is not a religious holiday and I therefore should steer clear of it during the sermon. On one level, they are right, of course. Father’s Day is not a religious day, per se, but it is on the minds of many who gather for worship on the third Sunday in June. It is a daunting day whether or not you preach or listen to a sermon. It is […]

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A Theology of Love and Justice

A Theology of Love and Justice May 5, 2013 By Allyn Steele I grew up hearing my family’s concerns about an aunt who never came to visit. The only things I knew about her were that she was a respected scholar at a state university and that she was an “out” and partnered lesbian. I asked a few times about whether her sexual orientation impacted her relationship to my father’s family, and I learned that my grandparents barely knew how to respond to my aunt’s sexual identity. The whole thing to them was unconscionable. Thus, I never met her. When […]

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Living and Growing: Time for a change?

Living and growing: A time for change? April 14, 2013 By Phil Campbell Most people I know don’t like change very much. Many agree with Mark Twain’s assertion that the “only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper.” Change is easier for some than others but, by and large, we are creatures of habit. Even when someone is in a bad situation and knows that change is needed, the tug of the familiar can be hard to overcome. But like it or not, change is inevitable. It may be, ironically, that change is the only constant […]

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Re-Creation, planned fun at camp

Re-creation, planned fun at camp April 7, 2013 By Allyn Steele I’m not good at “planned fun.” Ask anyone who has ever worked with me, and they’ll tell you that I can spend all day theorizing, organizing, and implementing a “serious” workshop, but I avoid the “planned fun” and leave it to others. To me, the serious stuff is fun. So when I moved to Juneau in August for a year-long gig and learned that organizing youth camps at Eagle River United Methodist Camp was part of my job, I just closed my eyes: “Way too much fun to plan. […]

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