Politics of the Broken Hearted: Gun Rights and Gun Responsibilities

0102 Parker Palmer Healing the Heart of Democracy

“There are two ways for the heart to break: apart into many shards like a fragment grenade, or open into greater capacity so we can hold life’s inevitable tensions creatively, not destructively.” These words from educator and activist Parker Palmer point us toward a vision that he calls the “politics of the broken hearted.” Palmer continues: When we hold...tensions and we don't know how to hold them, the heart explodes like a hand grenade. And we sometimes want to throw that hand grenade at the … [Read more...]

En La Lucha: (Dis)covery, (Im)migration, and Social Justice

As a religious people who affirm human compassion, advocate for human rights, and seek justice, we must never make the mistake of confusing a legal right with a moral right. The forced removal of Native Americans from their land and onto reservations was legal. The importation and sale of African slaves was legal. South African apartheid was legal. The confiscation of the property of Jews at the beginning of the Nazi regime was legal. The Spanish Inquisition was legal. Crucifying Jesus was … [Read more...]

Simplify! Living More Abundantly with Less Stuff in Less Space

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(Will Davis, Jr., Enough: Finding More by Living with Less, 2012, 232 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. When I was first asked to review this book, my first thought was, "Great. I've already read it!" However, I was mistakenly thinking of another good book titled "Enough" by an author whose first name is also "Will": Enough: Contentment in an Age of Excess by Will Samson (from back in 2009). Reflecting on this duplicate title reminded me of anot … [Read more...]

From Independence Day to Interdependence

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(Logan Mehl-Laituri, Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience, 2012, 239 pages.) This book review is a sponsored post that is part of the Patheos Book Club. One of my heroes is Clarence Jordan (1912-1969). In college, he began to experience cognitive dissonance between his patriotic love of country and his religious beliefs. He had been studying Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and unexpectedly during ROTC calvary practice, Jesus' command to … [Read more...]

Standing on the Side of Love for Immigration Justice

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Unitarian Universalists' annual General Assembly, which was held this year in Phoenix, Arizona. The focus of this year's gathering was social justice around the issue of immigration. I live tweeted the event from my iPhone, and the following are some of the highlights: Peter Bowden ‏@uuplanet: Supreme Court sides with U.S. in Arizona immigration case -http://CNN.com http://ow.ly/bO8Oj #UUAGA #SB1070"It is possible to move from a thin … [Read more...]

Ron Sider: An Evangelical Christian Worth Listening To

(Ronald J. Sider, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget, InterVarsity Press, 2012, 171 pages.) The title of this post could be seen as flippant, callous, arrogant, or all of the above -- implying that an "Evangelical Christian Worth Listening To" is such a rarity as to be worthy of remark. Well, in an age in which many conservatives exclusively watch Fox News (read: "Faux News"?) and read The Wall Street Journal, whereas many liberals watch MSNBC and read The New York T … [Read more...]


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