Preach it, Brother Stephen!

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

Quote for the Day

It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest level of subsistence. Today, the dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness—both individual and collective—are contrary to the order of creation, an order which is characterized by mutual interdependence. — Blessed John Paul II, as quoted … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Consuming Jesus

Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church By Paul Louis Metzger Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007 Review by Carl McColman Christianity is a counter-cultural movement, right? Well, you might not think so, based on how the faith plays out in the media and the imagination of many westerners. Sure, conservative Christians are forever on the march against secular and liberal attitudes toward human sexuality. But it seems like, for too many Christians, that's where … [Read more...]

The Beloved Community: From Formation to Action

If you live in Atlanta, are thinking about moving to Atlanta (you know who you are!), or are simply interested in helping progressive Christianity to prosper in the Atlanta area, this event looks mighty tasty: The Beloved Community: From Formation to Action which is scheduled for October 10-11, 2008. According to the "Progressive Christian Cooperative" website, this event will be a networking opportunity for those who are interested in living out an inclusive theology with an emphasis on … [Read more...]

Take This Bread

Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion The Spiritual Memoir of a Twenty-First-Century Christian By Sara Miles New York: Ballantine Books, 2007 Review by Carl McColman If, like me, you love stories like Chocolat or Babette's Feast because of their eucharistic overtones, then you will simply adore Take This Bread, which is quite likely the most explicitly joyous eucharistic conversion story I've ever read. I'm struggling to avoid all the obvious gustatory puns: it's a feast, you'll eat it up, and … [Read more...]


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