“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...]

Economy of Love

Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough A Resource of Relational Tithe Video Sessions with Shane Claiborne Kansas City: The House Studio, 2010 Review by Carl McColman"America thrives on a simple message — that what we currently have is not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough."This is the tag line on the back of the Economy of Love box, which contains a 120 page book (that can be easily read in a single sitting) and a DVD with five short video segments, f … [Read more...]

Truth and Mercy, Justice and Peace

A person reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism emailed me this morning to comment on my reflection on the paradox of mercy and justice in chapter seven. He sent me a link to an essay by the peacemaker John Paul Lederach, which is in essence a meditation on Psalm 85, especially verse 10: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Lederach relates this to his experience working for conflict transformation in Nicaragua. He ponders on what a … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Abundant Living (John 10:10)

A friend of mine who is a theology student at Emory asked me this weekend how I understood John 10:10: In which Jesus says that he came so that we may have life, and "have it abundantly."This is my reply to her... Regarding your question, the Greek word for 'abundantly' is, as you know, perissos, related to peri from which we get words like "periphery" and "perimeter." This seems to have a connection with place and location, and my Greek dictionary suggests that it has connotations related to … [Read more...]

Tita’s Catacomb

Google Alerts notifies me whenever a blogger mentions contemplative prayer (among several other topics I keep an eye on). This morning, it directed me to a reference to contemplation in a blog called Tita's Catacomb: Reclaiming Sexuality and Soul. Most bloggers write about contemplative prayer either to celebrate it or condemn it, but right away I saw that this blog belonged to a category all its own. Its description pretty much says it all: "A written commentary documenting my efforts to … [Read more...]


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