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Several months ago, Doug Brackenridge gave me a tour of the Trinity campus. Brackenridge, a retired Trinity professor of religion, wrote a book on the history of Trinity titled “Trinity:  A Tale of Three Cities.” When Doug and I reached the Margarite B. Parker Chapel, he explained the symbolism of the building’s north wall — the one constructed of glass. The obvious purpose behind using clear glass was to let ample light into the building....

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The room is silent, and you’re left alone with your ominous thoughts. You’re religious, so you call out to God or Allah, the Buddha’s wisdom or the Hindu deities. You trust in their greatness and for good reasoning, too; they’ve helped you navigate through the monstrous waves of life. Yet, your mental health is deteriorating, no matter how much you call out to them. It isn’t because they don’t want to help you, rather because...

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Music and singing filled a Northrup classroom last Friday as attendees of the Religion and Climate Change conference sang hymns together. In addition to students, community members of various religious backgrounds traveled to Trinity University to attend different lectures and presentations concerning the connections between religion and climate change. The conference, organized by visiting political science professor John Burke, lasted most of Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Lecturers included doctors, local community activists, a reverend...

Respected Friends, Colossians 2:8 instructs us to “be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty and deceptive philosophy, according to human tradition, according to the elementary principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” I was brought up believing that to love Jesus is to be conservative, but as I have grown closer to God, I have begun to see that much of the conservative Christian ideology I was indoctrinated with is...