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Coming to Terms with Life and Love

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil Coming to Terms with Life and Love Tuesday, May 18, 2021 I have been deeply moved by the wisdom of Etty Hillesum (1914–1943) for quite some time, and found myself returning to her journals many times over this past year. She died at Auschwitz at the age of 29, but her… Continue Reading Coming to Terms with Life and Love

The Modern Disguise of Evil

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil The Modern Disguise of Evil Monday, May 17, 2021 Reporting on the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust, the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) used the phrase “the banality of evil.” It is a shocking phrase to many because it flies in… Continue Reading The Modern Disguise of Evil

True Liberation in God

Liberation True Liberation in God Monday, January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day There can be no outer freedom without some level of inner liberation. This is a universal truth, but a lesson that each of us must learn for ourselves. If we pursue freedom from a reactionary position, out of our own fear… Continue Reading True Liberation in God

Participating in Movements for Justice

Spirituality and Social Movements Participating in Movements for Justice Friday, December 4, 2020 I think there are three basic levels of social ministry, and none is better than the other. I believe all are the movement of the Holy Spirit within us for the sake of others. I like to imagine a river flooding out… Continue Reading Participating in Movements for Justice

A Migrant Movement for Justice

Spirituality and Social Movements A Migrant Movement for Justice Thursday, December 3, 2020 In the 1960s, while the Civil Rights movement was creating significant change on a national level, the farmworkers in the western United States, under the leadership of César Chávez (1927‒1993), were organizing for better pay and working conditions. The movement was informed… Continue Reading A Migrant Movement for Justice

God’s Dream for Creation

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three God’s Dream for Creation Wednesday, August 26, 2020 In times of Disorder and deconstruction, we long for Reorder on a personal level—to be made new and whole again. But the Scriptures tell us that restoration will also happen on a communal, planetary, and even universal level! Jim Antal, a climate… Continue Reading God’s Dream for Creation

The Second Conversion

Solidarity The Second Conversion Tuesday, May 26, 2020 If the first conversion to solidarity is to befriend or experience compassion for the poor, the Second Conversion to solidarity is anger at the unjust situation that caused their poverty. Many people never reach this stage of anger at injustice, especially in the United States. Our cultural… Continue Reading The Second Conversion

Liberation

Ways of Knowing Liberation
 Thursday, February 13, 2020 James Cone (1938–2018) is one of the greatest American theologians of this past century, yet sadly many Christians have never heard of him. His work laid the foundation for a liberation theology that spoke directly to the injustice, oppression, and violence faced by the Black community in the United States. Jesus made it clear that he came to bring “good news… Continue Reading Liberation

Nonviolence Works

Nonviolence Nonviolence Works Thursday, August 22, 2019 How is it that many Christians have managed to avoid what Jesus actually taught? We’ve evaded major parts of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7): the Beatitudes, Jesus’ warning about idolizing “mammon,” his clear directive and example of nonviolence, and his command to love our enemies. I… Continue Reading Nonviolence Works

Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Prophets: Part Two Summary, Sunday, July 7—Friday, July 12, 2019 The biblical notion of justice, beginning in the Hebrew Scriptures with the Jewish prophets—especially Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Hosea—is quite different than retributive justice. If we read carefully and honestly, we will see that God’s justice is restorative. (Sunday) A prophet is one who keeps… Continue Reading Prophets: Part Two: Weekly Summary

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