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The Strength of the Link

Politics: Old and New The Strength of the Link Wednesday, November 20, 2019 I have long admired the work of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister and was delighted to see her again at Oprah Winfrey’s house earlier this year when we were both filming episodes for SuperSoul Sunday. Who could have ever predicted it? Two vowed… Continue Reading The Strength of the Link

Civil Rights and Obligations

Prophets: Part One Civil Rights and Obligations Thursday, July 4, 2019 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS—known as “the nun on the bus”—is someone I consider a modern prophet. She is the Executive Director of NETWORK, an organization that lobbies for socially just federal policies. On this “Independence Day” (in the United States), reflect on Sr. Simone’s… Continue Reading Civil Rights and Obligations

Breaking Down Walls

Unity and Diversity Breaking Down Walls Thursday, June 6, 2019 Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. We were honored to have her speak at our Universal Christ conference this March. Today I’d like to share a short excerpt from her… Continue Reading Breaking Down Walls

Another Power

Politics: Week 2 Another Power Sunday, July 15, 2018 Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims—laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. —Isaiah 10:1-2, The Message Beside the streams of Babylon, we sat and wept,… Continue Reading Another Power

Creative Political Tension

Politics: Week 1 Creative Political Tension Tuesday, July 10, 2018 I see our species’ collective shadow on full display today in the United States, exposing intolerance and bigotry at deep levels. Under the guise of avoiding political correctness, truth-telling has been twisted into fear-mongering and scapegoating. When humans cannot face and embrace the insecurities inside… Continue Reading Creative Political Tension

The Economy of War

Economy: Week 2 The Economy of War Tuesday, July 3, 2018 My spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), was a nonviolent and “soft” prophet—keeping God free for people and people free for God—during a pivotal period when Western civilization was moving into rationality, consumerism, and nonstop war. Francis himself was a soldier and his… Continue Reading The Economy of War

Changing Our Economy

Economy: Week 1 Changing Our Economy Friday, June 29, 2018 Pope Francis often says, “This economy kills.” [1] The divide between the wealthy and the poor in the United States continues to grow. A handful of billionaires are literally “making a killing,” while millions who live below the poverty line are “making a dying,” and… Continue Reading Changing Our Economy

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

Inalienable Rights

Economy: Week 1 Inalienable Rights Monday, June 25, 2018 No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. —Matthew 6:24 In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus critiques and reorders the values… Continue Reading Inalienable Rights

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