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Norma Cook Everist
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Norma Cook Everist is a Lutheran theologian, serving as Professor of Church and Ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. She helps foster a seminary community atmosphere of shared power and partnership that builds on the gifts of students, which in turn enhances learning for leadership in the church and in the world. She is a widely known lecturer and author of many books.
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Recent books: Transforming Leadership
Open the Doors and See all the People

Entries by Norma Cook Everist

Safe Places to Be Different Together

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 4:45 PM

If a nightclub in Orlando is not a safe place for LGBT people to gather, how do we create safe places for us be different together? A hate crime against one person or group is a discriminatory assault against any one and every group. How do we support one another?...

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I Saw My President

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 2:14 PM

I saw my president and his family land at the Cuban airport Sunday night and step off onto Cuban soil. Even the need for umbrellas, because of the driving rain, did not blur my television view.

I saw my president, Barack Obama, last week Wednesday step before...

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Four, Three, Two Days to Iowa

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:20 PM

To Iowa? That sounds like travel not time. We know what the media means. Or do we? I live in Iowa. So, a few things I would like to say "on the way to Iowa" from one who is already here: Misconceptions about Iowa; Curiosity about a Caucus; Disbelief about...

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When Mass Shootings Become Typical, What Do You Believe?

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 10:04 AM

"This was not a typical mass shooting day," he said. The words struck my heart as the newscaster described the variation in what had become a ritual in his reporting. It was early Thursday morning, the day after the deadly attack in San Bernardino. "Only a couple of other times...

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What if We Turned Things Around?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 6:30 PM

What if we turned things around? What if Hillary Clinton simply spoke whatever came into her head without thinking? (Or did think how she could shock her way onto the news with slurs about one group or another?) What if we decided to probe into Donald Trump's emails and see...

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We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:13 AM

The burning of black church, a long smoldering phenomenon, sparked news stories in the summer of 1996 and then, flames quickly doused by a fire-retardant mixture of guilt and self-interest. The public once again falsely assumed that the fire of racism was controlled if not out. This nation's inability to...

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A Father's Day Card That Made a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Colorful Father's Day cards convey all sorts of messages to dads, grandfathers, godfathers, mentors and more, men in our lives who have guided us and given their love. One special hand-made card touched my heart this year. No baseball glove or fishing rod. No Teddy bear or generic sentiment. This...

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Many Men Still Fear Women With Public Power

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 4:54 PM

If we learned that racism was not over with the election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, we will learn that sexism is surely not over with the possible election of the first woman as president of the United States.


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No More Waiting, Hillary!

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 3:28 PM

My mother used to say to me when I was a little girl, "Don't make people wait." Now that was a long time ago, and perhaps not always the right advice, but it has stuck in my head.

Sometimes it's strategically wise to wait for the right moment. Sometimes keeping...

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Integration or Apartheid for Us and Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:50 AM

Children return to school after their holiday break. Congress returns to Washington with a shift in power. Commentators refer to this administration's remaining two years in office as "lame duck" although since the November elections President Barack Obama's actions have proven he intends to do everything he can for the...

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The Fear Effect on Voting: Halloween, All Saints, and Gun Violence

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:57 AM

As music set a quiet tone, first a dozen came in the door to hear Nicole Hockley at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Soon a few hundred filled the room. That was last Thursday night.

As we turned on our porch light, first a trickle of children came to our...

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We Need Another Eric Holder

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:48 PM

The reality of Blacks living daily fearful of an overwhelmingly white police force has not gone away. Fear of black people by white police has not gone away. Calling such things "unrest," would mean all we need in the Attorney General's office is someone who is calm. Therefore, "Guilty of...

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How Long, Michael Brown, How Long?

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 7:15 PM

The funeral service for Michael Brown, filled with music, celebration, and challenge, is over. There's other news: the earthquake in Northern California, ISIS. The cameras move on. The Time magazine cover this week: "The Tragedy of Ferguson."

The New York Times magazine cover June 29, 1990, was "The Tragedy of...

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What Can You See Across a Border?

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 2:00 PM

We recently returned from a two-week trip through Canada. We appreciate Canada and have enjoyed being in most of the provinces through the years. One thing that impresses us every time is that their television weather map does not stop at their border, whereas U.S. weather maps on TV show...

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The Free Exercise of Religion for Whom?

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Monday's Supreme Court ruling that the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain does not have to provide all forms of birth control for its employees marks the first time the high court has said some businesses can hold religious views under federal law, in cases where there is essentially no difference...

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Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 11:18 AM

I was a high school sophomore, my sister a senior, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of Brown vs. the Board of Education declaring "separate but equal" invalid." Because of my father's death four years before, my sister and I received social security benefits. Our mother worked...

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'Senseless' Does Not Describe Ft. Hood Shootings

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:45 AM

Senseless? Wednesday people will gather at Ft. Hood for a Memorial Service and "try to make sense" of the mass shooting last week which took the lives of 4 and wounded 16. We want to understand, make "sense." Investigators try to discover the "motive." The issues are more profound, more...

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Politics and Religion Issues Not Over With One Veto

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Many sigh in relief believing the issue of religious liberty and LGBT rights is over with the veto of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; however, deeper questions over the free exercise clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, and how to be a diverse nation, remain. There is an old...

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(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 12:42 PM

As the world watched, T.J. Oshie from small town Warroad, Minnesota, in a "sudden death" shootout led the U.S. ice hockey team to a victory over the Russian team Saturday in a preliminary round at the Olympics. The shootout was necessary to break the 2-2 tie. The verdict was finally...

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The Iowa Caucuses in the Snow

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:17 AM

The Iowa Caucuses were held Tuesday night. No national cameras or crowds, just a dark night, snow and below-zero wind chills. (We had finished shoveling out at noon as the storm headed East). Our caucus met at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive and Nature Center, just south of Dubuque, a beautiful...

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