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Opposing Evil without Becoming It

Scapegoating and the Cross Opposing Evil without Becoming It Tuesday, March 30, 2021 The mystery of the cross teaches us how to stand against hate without becoming hate, how to oppose evil without becoming evil ourselves. We find ourselves stretching in both directions—toward God’s goodness and also toward recognition of our own complicity in evil.… Continue Reading Opposing Evil without Becoming It

Love Is the Protagonist

A New Story Love Is the Protagonist Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Like me, Brian McLaren has spent many decades “on the edge of the inside” of the institutional Church. Although he often critiques the stories told by Christian denominations, he has never tired of the Jesus story or failed to believe in its power to… Continue Reading Love Is the Protagonist

Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Restorative Justice Saturday, September 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, September 6—Friday, September 11, 2020 Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish. This is the “economy of grace” and an operative idea of restorative justice. (Sunday) Jesus, who represents God, usually transforms people at the moments when they most hate themselves,… Continue Reading Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

A Healing Process

Restorative Justice A Healing Process Thursday, September 10, 2020 When human beings admit to one another “the exact nature of our wrongs,” as the Twelve Steps recommend, we invariably have a human and humanizing encounter that deeply enriches both sides. It is no longer an exercise to achieve moral purity, or regain God’s love, but in fact… Continue Reading A Healing Process

Justice in Relationship

Restorative Justice Justice in Relationship Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Fania E. Davis is a civil rights attorney, writer, scholar, and the founding director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth. She explains that through engaging in a relational process of repairing harm, restorative justice is: A justice that seeks not to punish, but to heal. A… Continue Reading Justice in Relationship

Restoring Relationships

Restorative Justice Restoring Relationships Sunday, September 6, 2020 Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced. —James Baldwin (1924–1987) Almost all religions and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution… Continue Reading Restoring Relationships

Love at the Center

Being Peaceful Change Love at the Center Friday, July 31, 2020 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. —Matthew 5:9 Today many think we can achieve peace through violence. The myth that violence solves problems is part of the way we think and is in direct opposition to all great religious teachings. Our need for immediate… Continue Reading Love at the Center

Justice: Week 1 Summary

Justice: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 10-Friday, June 15, 2018 Jesus is a visible incarnation of the union between human and divine, matter and spirit. He models inclusive, nondual, compassionate thinking and being. (Sunday) We must work to dismantle systems of oppression while at the same time honoring our differences and celebrating our oneness! This… Continue Reading Justice: Week 1 Summary

Solidarity with the World

Vocation Solidarity with the World Friday, June 1, 2018 Following Jesus is not a “salvation scheme” or a means of creating social order as much as it is a vocation to share the fate of God for the life of the world. Some people are overly invested in religious ceremonies, rituals, and rules about naming who’s in and… Continue Reading Solidarity with the World

Community: Weekly Summary

Community Summary: Sunday, May 6-Friday, May 11, 2018 God’s basic method of communicating God’s self is not the “saved” individual, the rightly informed believer, or even a person with a career in ministry, but the journey and bonding process that God initiates in community: in marriages, families, tribes, nations, events, scientists, and churches who are… Continue Reading Community: Weekly Summary

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