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Think of others I take exception to the photograph (Septem- ber, page 9) of a pastor taking part in a dem- onstration supporting limits on burning coal to generate electricity. Does she think it is a good thing to throw hardworking coal min- ers out of a job? If coal mines are closed, it is not just the miners who will be out of a job, but those in related industries such as rail workers and techni- cians in the coal-fired power plants. Richard Draper Lincoln, Neb.


Article incomplete I appreciated reading the sentenc- ing of Bruce Burnside (September, page 12). I followed his faithful, lov- ing and creative ministry since he left seminary (soul food Bible studies at a previous parish, his trips to the West Bank in support of Palestinians). He erred in judgment with a horrible outcome, but the article could have given a more complete picture of his personhood. Helen Reed Hickory, N.C.


Cite the source In the article on stewardship (Septem- ber, page 14), it states that “the Bible” commends tithing. When referring to the Bible it is essential to indicate where the statement is located. Why? Because the Bible states that we may


CHRIS OCKEN


Prayer revival


Vocalist LaKiya Blissit sings at a prayer revival Oct. 2 at the Kroc Center of Chicago on the South Side, one of many neighborhoods impacted by community violence. The Conference of Bishops, meeting Oct. 2-7, joined other ELCA members to pray and commit to acts of peace and justice in their communities. Prior to the event, Wayne N. Miller, bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, which hosted the gathering along with the ELCA Renewal/ Prayer/Revival team, said: “The destructive impact of violence on all human life calls for confrontation and a bold counter-witness to God’s loving intention for the whole creation. [It] seems fitting to have the ELCA bishops participate collectively in this event as a witness to the fact that the violence that affects one of us anywhere affects all of us everywhere.”


possess slaves if they are purchased from neighboring nations (Levicticus 25:44); that a man cannot have con- tact with a woman while she is in her menstrual period (Leviticus 15:19- 30); that men cannot touch the skin of a dead pig so cannot play football (Levicticus 11:6-8). It is obvious just because a statement is in “the Bible” it does not mean that it is speaking to Christians today. The Rev. Larry Gardner Honolulu


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