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

Religious People Ought to Know Better

I was watching a news report the other day about some protesting going on in the United States over the … Continued

Obama, Warren and America

Here is what’s bothering me about Pastor Rick Warren doing the invocation for President-elect Obama’s inauguration. It reeks of hypocrisy. … Continued

Yes, If You Believe in a Loving, Inclusive God

There is such a divide, I think, between God and religion. That is an ironic statement, because religion has taught … Continued

Even (and Especially) the President Needs God

Every time I looked at the headline online that said that President-elect Barack Obama has not gone to church since … Continued

Render Unto Caesar

Presidents really ought to stay out of religious situations. They ought not issue days of prayer or fasting; they should … Continued

No Need to Repent for Choice

Father Jay Scott Newman, a priest in the Roman Catholic church, thinks that every Catholic who voted for President-elect Barack … Continued

My Faith in America’s Promise

More than anything, the election of Senator Barack Obama says that America is tired of racism. America has struggled with … Continued

Choice, Life and Compassion

My daughter came into the house this morning steaming. She had been listening to National Public Radio. “Mom, what is … Continued

Yes, If a Candidate Cares Less For “The Least”

The only religious reason for not voting for either presidential candidate would be if I knew for certain that he … Continued

Religion has Duped Women

When the Rev. T.D. Jakes preached “Woman, thou art loosed!” years ago, it was like the windows of heaven had … Continued

Racism and Rage: A Bad Mix

I have always taught that fear and faith do not and cannot mix. The presence of fear means the absence … Continued

Do They Love God Enough to Love All Others?

Quite frankly, I am tired of all the discussion about religion and beliefs in this campaign. Being “religious” doesn’t make … Continued

The Government Should Leave Women Alone

There is no way the court should overturn Roe v. Wade. Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin say that … Continued

What’s Wrong with Black Liberation Theology?

When people talk about Jeremiah Wright, they usually mention that his was the church that called itself “Unashamedly black and … Continued

Loving God or Money

If we as “believers” were more concerned about being right with God, as opposed to being rich, we might not … Continued

Women, Can We Hold Up a Minute?

I have been watching and listening to the hype around Gov. Sarah Palin with great interest, and, frankly, I am … Continued

Palin’s God

Sometimes, I wish God would come to humans, in human form, for just one day, and explain some things, because … Continued

When We Act Too “Holy”

Food for Thought: Here’s the problem with acting too “holy” or too “self righteous.” Nobody, and I mean, nobody, is … Continued

Bible Says What We Tend to Believe

I don’t know that I would call it hypocritical that conservatives would think it’s OK for a woman to lead … Continued

Righteous History

We are people of privilege. I say that because we are living in a moment in history that is almost … Continued