Flannery O’Connor on the Church and Politics

Flannery O'Connor: Spiritual Writings

I don't care what your political persuasion is, I bet you probably get frustrated from time to time with what Christian leaders have to say (or don't say) about matters of current concern.Here's a funny little quote from Flannery O'Connor that reminds us some things never change. It's from a letter she wrote in August 1959. About the Church's political actions. God never promised her political infallibility or wisdom and sometimes she doesn't appear to have even elementary good sense. She … [Read more...]

Prayer and Prophecy

Contemplation has a context: it does not occur in a vacuum. Today's context is that of the multinational corporations, the arms race, the strong state, the economic crisis, urban decay, the growing racism, and human loneliness. It is within this highly deranged culture that contemplatives explore the waste of their own being. It is in the midst of chaos and crisis that they pursue the vision of God and experience the conflict which is at the core of the contemplative search. They become part of … [Read more...]

Preach it, Brother Stephen!

This was on Facebook the other day (thanks to Jack G. for posting it!). … [Read more...]

Jesus was a healer. Are you?

A friend of mine from my church sent me a link to this video. It's an inspiring story about a church-run health clinic for low income folks. This is something I think every church ought to prayerfully consider: how can a ministry like this be established in your neighborhood?Or, go directly to the Church Health Center's Website. … [Read more...]

Progressive Christianity and Mysticism?

In just a few days I will head out to the Wild Goose Festival, where I will be speaking on "Contemplation as a Subversive Act" and participating in a dialogue on the question of "How can I truly love those whose values are hostile to my own?" (riffing on Matthew 5:44). I'm excited about this event, not least because many people I admire, from Richard Rohr to John Dear to Phyllis Tickle to Shane Claiborne to Brian McLaren, etc. etc. etc., will be there.The Goose is getting a lot of press, from … [Read more...]

The Early Goose gets the $99 Worm!

Advance tickets are now on sale for the Wild Goose Festival! Now through November 9, early bird tickets are available for the rock-bottom price of $99 ($49 for kids, with special pricing for families and single-parent families). In exchange for your hard-earned cash, your ticket provides you with 3 days of camping and access to one of the most exciting events you can imagine: a nexus of spirituality, art, and justice/activism. This event will feature exciting and visionary leaders from the … [Read more...]

“The Peace of God is the Power of the People”: Remembering Emmett Jarrett (1939-2010)

  I am sad to have learned of the passing of Fr. Emmett Jarrett, TSSF who died on October 9 from cancer. I met Fr. Emmett in 1995 when his church, St. Michael and All Angels in Stone Mountain, hosted a "Lenten Oasis" event featuring one of my heroes, the Anglican theologian Kenneth Leech. I learned that Fr. Emmett and Fr. Ken were good friends, as Emmett had studied under Ken some years back in London. From that event, I developed a warm acquaintance with Fr. Ken (who recently … [Read more...]


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