Susan K. Smith


Susan K. Smith is senior pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and author of "Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives," which won the 2009 National Best Books Award.

Stories by Susan K. Smith

Wrestling with Disaster, Suicide, and God

In a sea of grief, maybe a loving God is there — and that hope is what can keep us floating.

Marriage in the Bible: Love prevails?

For years, I have privately mused that the Bible is a problematic book. As the holy book for Christians, it … Continued

A Jesus economy?

President Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” a plan that would have LEON NEAL AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man dressed as Jesus sits amongst … Continued

Hearings? For what reason?

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Political Islam an unfortunate hot potato

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Fear loses to faith and determination

Thousands of anti-Mubarak protesters celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday after hearing that Hosni Mubarak had stepped down as Egypt’s … Continued

My prayer for our presidents

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

A president waits on the Lord

In a calm and subdued voice this morning, President Obama told people at the National Prayer Breakfast that “When I … Continued

Religion should be kept out of politics

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Having the right vs. the right thing to do

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Death be not proud

For everything there is a season… So says the Bible, and so did our president oblige in his speech at … Continued

Words can hurt

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Religious newsmakers disappointing

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

Christmas from the mouth of a small boy

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Tax cuts for wealthy unjust

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Marriage shift may alter the concept of marriage forever

There is marriage and there are weddings …and I have thought for the longest that people these days are much … Continued

Exceptional in good and bad ways

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Cowardice and hypocrisy surround DADT

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Be you, Mr. President

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Voting not religious but results shape moral values

I have never thought of voting being a religious act. To be religious, there is an implication that any given … Continued