Katherine Hawker is pastor at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Writing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last month, Hawker contrasted local mainline churches that celebrate World Communion Day to foster Christian unity and charity, with the religious-right lobbies and megachurches down the road that foster division and partisan vitriol within local communities.

I want to build on the unity that I share with others who recognize God’s kingdom as one of justice, peace and inclusive love, not those who use Jesus’ name to preach hate. I no longer trust that a container labeled “Christian” necessarily has contents that I’m willing to share.

Hat tip: Straight, Not Narrow

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