Faith and Politics: ‘What’s Fair is Fair’ is not Fair Anymore by Randy S. Woodley

Ok, I have to admit I'm a history nerd. I read it, I watch it and I teach it professionally. Given the constant intersection of history and politics, I'm also quite interested in socio-political movements, trends and events. And I should say right up front, politically, I'm "all of the above"  on different issues, having voted on both sides and also for independents. But, in full disclosure, and this is a big 'ol "but" for some of you; because of my experiences and my faith, at this time in my … [Read more...]

Dehumanizing the Other: Afghan Body Parts, Soldier Suicides, the Poor and the Evil Conservative Strategy By Randy Woodley

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The first casualty of war is the truth. Tell a lie often enough and it becomes your truth. Urinating on dead bodies; cutting off fingers for sport; murdering women and children; night raid home invasions on civilians; and the most recent embarrassment of soldiers posing with dead body parts, are all possible during times of war because of the original lie that starts the war, which must include dehumanizing the enemy. It goes against human reason, after all, to kill another human being. In most … [Read more...]

love [your] neighb(our) as the enem(y).

  Desire is the Desire of the Other - LacanLove your neighbour as yourself - JesusImagine a cupcake sitting on a table in front of you. The cream topped pastry tempts and haunts you with its delectable experience. Its voice beckons you: consume me. eat me, whole. in that moment the cupcake became your other. now, the other is that which has the ability [and most of the time does] tells you what you think, how you live, how you interpret reality, relationships and … [Read more...]

god (h)ates fa(g)s?!

 God hates fags, really? I have been told this is true. But what does God have against cigarettes? I mean, OK, maybe the carcinogenic properties probably aren't that healthy, but who doesn't have their addictions? Is this enough to merit people standing in the streets, making placards (using a full spectrum of variegated coloring, much like the "rainbow") and promoting violent behavior against smoking fags? I mean that is simply ludicrous.Why are so many people justifying their … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part III by Randy Woodley

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I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ! -Gandhi Christians in America are infamous for being so unlike Jesus. I like the bumper sticker that says, “When Jesus said love your enemies I think he probably meant don’t kill them.” Ever wonder how Christians went from loving their enemies to killing them? We love to blame it all on Constantine, and true enough, he contributed to the problem, but I think the problem goes deeper and farther back—all the way to … [Read more...]

the c(h)urch is killing the (o)ther [Video]

INTRO: the other is that which is different to us. that which is foreign or even monstrous to us and our sensibilities. historically, the church has struggled not only to engage with the other, but also to allow the other to maintain that which makes them other. this video is about why that needs to change (Turn your speakers up!) Quote at the beginning of the Video:As opposed to the official feast, one might say that carnival celebrated temporary liberation from the … [Read more...]

Passover and Communion

Gifts of G-d for the people of G-d

As I prepare to celebrate this meal tonight, remembering an upper room two thousand years ago, I am gifted by a much older tradition. As I recall Jesus gathering with friends around a table to celebrate the Passover, I am reminded that their ancestors had already been celebrating G-d’s liberation from slavery for more than a thousand years.The Holy One liberates us from all kinds of slavery – slavery in Egypt, slavery to sin, slavery of our bodies, minds and spirits to patterns and systems th … [Read more...]

Strange Christianity Made in America: Part II by Randy Woodley

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The customs of the Nacirema, a still very poorly understood tribal group, came to the attention of anthropologists about forty years ago. They are a North American group living in the territory roughly between the Cree and the Tarahumare tribal groups. Little is known of their origin, although tradition states that they came from the east.In the mid-seventies a group of anthropologists formalized the studies of this very strange and powerful culture. I’ve dusted off an old copy of their s … [Read more...]

why feminine castration is like church on sunday

The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath - Jesus, Rabbi from NazarethIs not defending Sunday as a day to meet with God simply re-instituting the temple in that it promises some sort of mystical experience in a specific time and place? The geographical implications also claim that God could then only be experienced in 'this' specific context. What we cannot do is assume that our geographic place has no bearing on who we are, what we believe and even why we believe it. Take for … [Read more...]

A Seat at The Table: Negative Space, Part II, The Art of Doing Nothing

I wrote last month about the value of 'negative space' in worship settings, but the same principle has similar effects in the life of the larger organization.  Of course most reasonable people would look at flat churches, offer an exasperated sigh, and say, "Organization?  What organization? I don't see any!"  And while it is true that there is a lack of top-down structure, even grassroots emergence churches will often naturally employ the use of negative space to get certain jobs done.At Co … [Read more...]


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