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

The church was too silent in 2009

It is the last day of 2009 and in my mind the most important religious story of the year has … Continued

No just war

Q: Is there such a thing as a ‘just war’? In his Nobel speech, was President Obama right to speak … Continued

The questionable legacy of a prosperity preacher

Why does the “prosperity gospel” work so much better in drawing people than the Gospel of Jesus the Christ? I … Continued

Man who put God on TV

Whether one was an Oral Roberts follower or not, one cannot deny that he was an American icon. This was … Continued

Health care and God

Here’s where I get confused about the place and role of God when it comes to making public policy. Understand, … Continued

E pluribus unum

Q: Should the White House, whose residents serve all Americans, display a crèche or a menorah or any strictly religious … Continued

God of us all?

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Humanists, leave us alone

Q: What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads will say: “No God? … Continued

Church out of line

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

A soldier’s religion ought not matter

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Shootings will promote more bigotry

I was saddened by news that some Muslim mosques have been threatened in the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at Fort … Continued

Avoiding end-of-life chaos

Q: Does end-of-life care prolong life or does it prolong suffering? Should it be a part of health-care reform? When … Continued

God’s goodness, and absence

Q: Is there good without God? Can people be good without God? How can people be good, in the moral … Continued

A crime should be a crime, but…

A crime really should be a crime, just like a sin should be a sin. Unfortunately, the space between “should … Continued

Vatican’s move a dishonest distraction

The move by the Catholic Church to make it easier for Anglicans to become Roman Catholic seems opportunistic to me, … Continued

Getting Vaccine a Moral Responsibility

Q: Polls show a majority of Americans are concerned about the H1N1 virus (swine flu), but also about the safety … Continued

Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

I was surprised by the news that President Barack Obama had won the Nobel Peace Prize, because I didn’t know … Continued

No Moral Obligation in Afghanistan

Q: Eight years after the U.S. attacked Afghanistan, fighting continues. Religious extremists in the Taliban and al-Qaeda retain significant power … Continued

God’s Will and Nuclear Arms

Q: Reacting in part to recent missile tests by Iran and North Korea, President Obama and a unanimous UN Security … Continued

No Exemptions, Please

Q: Dozens of major religious groups and denominations are urging Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to renounce a Bush-era … Continued