Anthony B. Robinson

Tony is a writer, teacher, speaker and ordained minister (United Church of Christ). He served as Senior Minister of Seattle’s Plymouth Congregational Church for fourteen years. His newest book is Useful Wisdom: Letters to Young (and not so young) Ministers. He divides his time between Seattle and a cabin in Wallowa County of northeastern Oregon. If you’d like to know more or receive his regular blogs in your email, go to his site listed above to sign-up.

Broken Covenant: The Wealthy as Unfavorable Presence

"Today’s rich, their wealth largely preserved through the Great Recession and the Covid-19 pandemic, have opposed reforms aimed at tapping their resources to fund mitigation policies of all kinds. This is a historically exceptional development."

DEI and Reconsidering the Power Paradigm

When DEI and the language of privilege become an ideology requiring creedal assent, they betray their own cause and mirror the prejudices they would undo.

Moving Toward a Post-Denominational Church

Church denominations, per se, aren’t running what is arguably the single biggest effort in a generation to reframe and strengthen leadership development for the Christian churches in North America.

Learning from Mistakes: The Power of Restraint

Restraint I admit it is unlikely, but it might just be Israel’s secret weapon at this point. Continued bombing of Gaza is a loser in the media war. And full-scale invasion would likely end up as Colin Powell said back then, “you break it, you own it.”

The Thick Culture of New England: a Church on Every Green

The people, the churches, the colleges and seminaries of New England Congregationalism. It’s what anthropologists call a “thick culture,” and unlike anything we have in the west.

Naming Evil for What it Is

As a Christian, I see evil not as another cosmic force which we, the good people or good religion or right political party, must destroy so that peace is ushered in and life made right again.

You can be Anti-Hamas and Support Palestinians at the Same Time

Hamas is not identical with the Palestinian cause or its search for greater justice and peace for Palestinians living in Israel. And yet exactly that identification is being made by pro-Palestinian activists, demonstrators, and media here in the U.S.

How Cities Become Degraded

I’ve been away from Seattle for a time this summer. On returning, one of the things that is noticeable is how bad actors enact a big toll on the rest of us. Here are some examples of things I noticed after my being gone for a couple months.

Why Ministers Quit

Ministry has to be something more than just doing a bunch of tasks. And that challenge is not limited to clergy. For all of us, life is full of tasks and can devolve into “one damn thing after another.” What gives the tasks deeper meaning?

Keep the Faith. Know When it’s Time to go

It’s not just an individual problem when people hold on too long. It goes deeper. It betrays a lack of faith. Or a lack of faith in the future, of possibilities we cannot foresee, of people we do not yet know.