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Usury: The Root of Evil

Economy: Week 1 Usury: The Root of Evil Thursday, June 28, 2018 Even After All this time The Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky. —Hafiz, paraphrased by Daniel Ladinsky [1] The economy of exploitative profit has no place in… Continue Reading Usury: The Root of Evil

The Cost of Consumption

Economy: Week 1 The Cost of Consumption Wednesday, June 27, 2018 People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular. —Amos 5:10, The Message Coming to grips with the history and reality of our money culture is challenging. But with awareness comes opportunity and motivation for change. Contemplative practice helps me hold the… Continue Reading The Cost of Consumption

Protecting the System

Economy: Week 1 Protecting the System Tuesday, June 26, 2018 When the economic institution is our primary lens, as it is in the U.S., religion tends to be diluted by pragmatic, win/lose, and power attitudes. God is bought and sold more than loved, waited for, or surrendered to. This is why Jesus’ anger (and even… Continue Reading Protecting the System

Reclaiming Jesus

Justice: Week 2 Reclaiming Jesus Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Earlier this year, I collaborated with a group of Christian leaders in the United States to write a statement to our churches, “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis.” [1] I invite you to meditate on three of our affirmations: The church’s… Continue Reading Reclaiming Jesus

A New Reformation

Emerging Church A New Reformation Monday, November 27, 2017 I believe that what some refer to as the “emerging church” is a movement of the Holy Spirit. Movements are the energy-building stages of things, before they become monuments, museums, or machines. In the last sixty years, several significant events have taken place, both within and… Continue Reading A New Reformation

Prophets: Weekly Summary

Prophets Summary: Sunday, September 10-Friday, September 15, 2017 Honest and humble self-critical thinking is necessary to see one’s own shadow and usually well-hidden narcissism. Only when I encounter my shadow do I realize that my biggest problem is me! (Sunday) The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it.  Wise people… Continue Reading Prophets: Weekly Summary

Offering Hope

Prophets Offering Hope Friday, September 15, 2017 Today, John Dear offers six more qualities of a true prophet. Click here to read the first six characteristics. Seventh, a prophet confronts the status quo. With the prophet, there is no sitting back. The powerful are challenged, empires resisted, systemic injustices exposed. Prophets vigorously rock the leaky… Continue Reading Offering Hope

Signs of a Prophet

Prophets Signs of a Prophet Thursday, September 14, 2017 Over the next few days I’d like to share thoughts from my friend, author and peace activist John Dear, who lives here in New Mexico. I believe he has been a prophet of nonviolence for many, many people. John offers twelve signs to help us identify… Continue Reading Signs of a Prophet

Liberation

Prophets Liberation Wednesday, September 13, 2017 A prophet is one who keeps God free for people and who keeps people free for God. Both of these are much needed and vital tasks. God has been imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and taught guilt to keep us clergy in… Continue Reading Liberation

The Edge of the Inside

Prophets The Edge of the Inside Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Prophets, by their very nature, cannot be at the center of any social structure. Rather, they are “on the edge of the inside.” They cannot be fully insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. They must be educated inside the system, knowing and… Continue Reading The Edge of the Inside

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