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Stan Duncan
Pastor and economist. Intentional Interim minister with the United Church of Christ. Chair of Jubilee Economic Justice, of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Author of "The Greatest Story Oversold: Understanding Economic Globalization" (Orbis, 2010).

Entries by Stan Duncan

I'm a Christian, Therefore I Support Same-Sex Marriage

(13) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:13 AM

2015-07-01-1435781644-9557938-Obergefell_v._Hodges_Decision_Announced_at_the_Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States_June_26_20151.jpgCrowd assembled in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC on Friday, June 26, 2015 ( Matt Popovich)

Last week, in a landmark opinion, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples would be allowed to marry in all...

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Natural and Unnatural Disasters in Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Nepal has been in the news recently and for horrific reasons. If you are a member of a religious congregation or faith group, you have probably heard someone lift them up in prayer over the last few weeks. Their situation is terrifyingly awful and will probably stay that way for...

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Teddy's Letters

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 8:57 AM

This week the President, Vice President, legislators of both parties, and friends and family near and far gathered in Boston for the opening of the new "Edward Kennedy Institute of Politics." It was a grand occasion,...

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Jesus and the International Currency Exchange Traders in the Temple

(41) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 10:09 PM

Midway through Lent, pretty much every year, we clergy types have to look once again at an extremely odd story of Jesus taking a whip to the "Money Changers" in the Temple in Jerusalem. This year it's found in John 2.13-22, and it's just as odd as ever. It isn't...

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And a Little Cat Shall Lead Them

(5) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:43 PM


Epiphany Sunday, or "Three Kings Sunday," just passed us last week. And these days, that that event always tends to remind me of my cats.

Years ago, when I first got married, I inherited a couple of cats, and I (justifiably, in...

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What God's Role in Tragedy Really Is

(26) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:21 AM


Years ago in my little town of Heavener, Okla., (population 1,800), an old man got gangrene in his left leg and had to have it taken off. It was an awful thing. He had diabetes and after years of treatment the only thing...

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The Parable of the Life-Risking, Faithful Servant

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 7:32 AM

Matthew 25:14-30
This is the Gospel passage that most people of my particular vocation (mainline, generic, Protestant pastor) try to preach on every three years at about this time, as the twenty-eighth "Proper" after Pentecost, traditionally known as "The Parable of the Talents." And when we do so, we...

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What Would King Say Today?

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 8:43 PM


This year, on Martin Luther King Sunday, my church did what thousands of other churches did, which was to retell the story of King's work and ministry and sacrifice in the Civil Rights movement. It's always moving and emotional. It's hard to believe...

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Report from the Annual Ministers' Meeting

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Last week I attended the annual meeting of the clergy association of the little town I live in. November is Stewardship Month here, so I thought I'd pick the brains of some of the more seasoned town ministers to see how they were doing on that. And I wasn't disappointed....

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The Season of Goodbye

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 5:53 PM

There is a ritual in Boston and many other places that takes place every year around the end of May and the first of June. That's when literally thousands of college students dump all of their collected dorm and apartment paraphernalia into the streets to be picked up and sold...

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God Suffers When We Suffer

(17) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:28 PM

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Early in the afternoon on May 20, an EF5 tornado, the largest recorded in U.S. history, moved slowly through my home state, with winds up to 300 mph, and creating a path of horror roughly a mile and a half...

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Lenten Journey in the Sonoran

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:06 AM

A few years ago I was in the little town of El Bosque, up in the mountains of southern Mexico, about two hours north of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. I was traveling with the interfaith fair trade organization, Equal Exchange, and we were studying coffee and marketing for churches in the states....

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Easter in El Salvador, 1987

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 2:27 PM

I once had a job in El Salvador. I fell into it by accident because I had just gone through an awful divorce, resigned from my church, and was looking for work. I heard that a foundation was needing people to travel in developing countries researching humanitarian agencies, and I...

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My Mother's Gay Neighbors

(220) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 7:44 AM

This has been a complicated time for gay rights and gay marriage. On the one hand, Washington and Maryland joined the ranks of states that now legally accept it, bringing the number to six, plus two Native American tribes. On the other hand, when the New Jersey legislature passed a...

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