Killjoy Prophets: Shalom, Palestine and our Uncle CUFI

"O Little Besieged Bethlehem" artwork by Ramone Romero

Merry Christmas from the Killjoy Prophets! We love the holidays as much as anyone. Sure, we don’t love the rampant consumerism or the fruit cake, but we love giving gifts, baking, singing Handel’s Messiah, reading the Magnificat with family, and feasting with friends. We even love mixing it up occasionally with our toxic uncle whose political views we find troubling. Sometimes we just down an extra drink and let him ramble on, sometimes we go to another room, but sometimes you just have to throw … [Read more...]

O Come O Come Emmanuel


Tomorrow is Christmas, and as a friend said to me recently, it’s poised to be a decidedly minor key holiday. In the past few months we have mourned the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Now we grieve the loss of two New York City Police officers, whose murder has been co-opted by talking heads and exploited to justify more partisan bickering.While this Christmas seems unusually shrouded in tragedy, I am keenly aware that many of us normally experience a h … [Read more...]


Reconciliation - Patheos Emerging Voices

I am starting to think that all these holidays jammed up next to each other is a plot to keep the common folk in line. Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years all in the course of two months. And forget about quiet reflection during Advent. So, looking back on the year for most of us hits briefly for about a week. Then we’re back in it for another year.So, before we exchange gifts and drink too much egg nog, let’s reflect on the past year and not miss the fact that we’ve got what … [Read more...]

Historic Symposium on the Future


Carl Sagan famously wrote, "How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The universe is much bigger than our prophets said — grander, subtler, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed.'? … A religion old or new that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.  Sooner or later, such a reli … [Read more...]

What time is it?


What time is it? Good question. One of the side effects of my cerebral palsy is that I have trouble telling distances apart. One example of this is clocks with analog faces. The short hand is the hour. The long hand is…count by five…the minutes. But when I look at it, I can never tell. Fortunately for us, the time is now. The time is now to show up in opposition to anti-blackness, to the murder of black men, women and children. Black lives matter. Here's a question I get: "But, Theresa, don’t al … [Read more...]

Holiday Serving: Helping People Experiencing Homelessness

What happens when we value others we are serving?

What can you do to help those who are experiencing homelessness this holiday season?It seems many people think about those less fortunate around the Christmas holiday.  As soon as the coffee shops roll out their peppermint latte, we instinctively want to connect with others.I don’t know if it’s ingrained in us as a civilization to come together during the Mid-winter around the light. Maybe it’s left over from our days of being agrarian; we needed the light to help us, and give us hope dur … [Read more...]

Life Without Eternity (The End of Metaphysics Series)

 Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that, "...there is something wrong with trying to answer metaphysical questions with the language we use."We live our lives in hope of some sort of after life. We are told that before we were born that we were 'knit together' in our mother's womb. That there is some guiding supreme being who encompasses all meaning and all power. That somewhere beneath the earth or on it, is the essence of evil. Now, for many these claims are at the center of their … [Read more...]

Towards a New Definition of Incarnation


Advent begins the Christian year, a period of waiting and spiritual preparation for the Incarnation of Christ, the birth of the baby Jesus. The enfleshment of God in the human person of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet in Christianity, which worships a Triune God that is fully transcendent and fully human. God in Christ takes on human form and the sins of the world so that humanity may be redeemed and made new by being baptized or initiated into the mystery of Christ’s Body on earth, o … [Read more...]

Advent at the Movies


In a move that launched us into 1997, our family recently started a Netflix subscription.  The kids needed something for Friday Night Movie Nights, Dad needs to catch up on some films to maintain some shred of cultural currency, and Mom likes to fall asleep to Call The Midwife (while I remain rapt and wide awake at this excellent BBC series).  It’s been a fun adventure having a zillion movies right under your right thumb.  One film that everyone else has already seen that I’ve just recently watc … [Read more...]

‘Killer Mike’ and the Tragedy of Advent


I spent over a decade doing youth ministry and have worked most of my career with persons in their teens, 20s, and 30s. Minus the creepy overtones, I resonate with that horrific line spoken by Matthew McConaughey as he gazes at a group of high school girls in Dazed and Confused (1993), “I get older, they stay the same age.”One of my most valued practices in working with younger persons is what I called “the ten year rule”.  I never wanted to have a former student or person that I had served m … [Read more...]