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

Break between faith and reason not that great

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

God used for political purposes

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

The flunking of religion

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

God, politics and Ms. O’Donnell

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Lack of religious knowledge prevents true diversity

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Tea Party anger not new

What is the Tea Party? I think the Tea Party is a group of people angry at the government and … Continued

Religion not hurting or helping conflict in Middle East

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

Human condition makes healing impossible

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

Thank God for liberation theology

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Silent clergy no new thing

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Muslims are protected Americans

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Journey to put God front and center

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

Reject religion, get closer to Christ

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

Mosque at Ground Zero a troubling thought

A mosque near ground zero? The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque … Continued

God did not make denominations; people did

I do not remember the source, but when I was writing my final paper for my D.Min. degree, I found … Continued

Get out of Afghanistan

Q: In the wake of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s dismissal as chief commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, … Continued

The Lord God made us all

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

Church

Religion tends to keep people captive. True church sets people free to serve. I was reminded of that one evening … Continued

Abortion absolutes don’t work

Q: Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and … Continued

Protestants, not to worry

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued