Tag Archives: Gospel

A Minority Position

Alternative Orthodoxy A Minority Position Tuesday, February 4, 2020 The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Oppositional energy only creates more of the same. —One of the Center for Action & Contemplation’s Eight Core Principles [1]   Throughout history, the Franciscan School has typically been a minority position inside of the Roman Catholic… Continue Reading A Minority Position

The Gospel Economy

Economy: Old and New The Gospel Economy Sunday, November 24, 2019 Jesus said to the host who had invited him, “When you hold a lunch or dinner . . . invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; and blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” —Luke 14:12-14 I’d… Continue Reading The Gospel Economy

The Wedding at Cana

Gender and Sexuality The Wedding at Cana Friday, October 25, 2019 Today, openly queer Episcopal priest Elizabeth Edman shares about the first time she preached on the Gospel passage about the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). Her use of the word “queer” as a verb may be off-putting or confusing to some, but if you… Continue Reading The Wedding at Cana

One Life, One Death, One Suffering

Oneness One Life, One Death, One Suffering Wednesday, September 25, 2019 The Universal Christ is trying to communicate at the deepest intuitive level that there is only One Life, One Death, and One Suffering on this earth. We are all invited to ride the one wave, which is the only wave there is. Call it… Continue Reading One Life, One Death, One Suffering

Shadowboxing

Shadow Work Shadowboxing Sunday, September 8, 2019 Our shadow self is any part of ourselves or our institutions that we try to hide or deny because it seems socially unacceptable. The church and popular media primarily focus on sexuality and body issues as our “sinful” shadow, but that is far too narrow a definition. The… Continue Reading Shadowboxing

The Joy of the Gospel

Joy and Hope The Joy of the Gospel Sunday, November 25, 2018 I believe that St. Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. . . . [He] was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his open-heartedness. —Pope Francis [1]… Continue Reading The Joy of the Gospel

Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism

Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism A note from the editor, Mark Longhurst: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated speaker, writer, and activist living in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author, most recently, of Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. I had the chance to ask him several questions about prayer and action. Here are his… Continue Reading Prayer, Action, and Unlearning Racism

Questioning Our Loyalties

Politics: Week 1 Questioning Our Loyalties Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Most religion is highly “legitimating religion.” It is used for social control and public order by the powers that be and individuals. This oppressive use of religion has allowed much of Christian history to fully cooperate in toxic and unjust societies—just as long as each… Continue Reading Questioning Our Loyalties

The Living Word of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 The Living Word of God Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Fundamentalism is a growing phenomenon, not only in Islam and other religions, but within Christianity as well. Fundamentalism refuses to listen to the deep levels of mythic, metaphorical, and mystical meaning. It is obsessed with literalism and exclusion. The egoic need… Continue Reading The Living Word of God

One Thing

Living in the Now One Thing Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Martha, Martha, you worry about “the ten thousand things.” So few are necessary. Indeed, only one. —Luke 10:42 (paraphrase) These well-known words come from Jesus to his dear friend, Martha. He is the house-guest of siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Martha is doing the reasonable,… Continue Reading One Thing

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