Texting vs. Flirting with a Monk

It's late and I would enjoy drifting off into dreamland but something in me feels unsettled, an inner agitation.  In the past, I would have allowed this to take root and my thoughts would encircle a 'problem'. But now I know I can go inside to escape turmoil, establishing peace. Somehow we've forgotten that mental calm and balance are our natural default state.Getting centered can be done with meditation or replacing negative thougths with positive ones like a mantra. Reminding ourselves-- I … [Read more...]

Once You are Real, You can’t be UGLY

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of … [Read more...]

Caught Up in the Thing

I recently had the opportunity to go on a trip to Disneyland and some of the other parks in Southern California. It was my first visit to a Disney/Disney-type park. Going to Disney was an eye opening experience because all of a sudden I was thrust into a world where everyone was there for the same reason. We all came to see the park and to appreciate the wonders that were set before us. This uniting purpose, this sense of being together for the same reason, strangely opened the door to … [Read more...]

Poetry : Randy Woodley, The Haunting (A Tribute to Richard Twiss)

Over the next several months I will be posting some of my poetry every Wednesday. Why? I feel like too many words are going out all around us with too little credence given them. It is difficult to hear through too many words, which often excuses us from doing. Sometimes a song or a poem can change the way we hear things or even change a life. For now, I'll keep my songs hidden and just share poetry. My poetry covers a wide variety of topics, all I feel are relevant to Emergence and the churches … [Read more...]

Return to a Theology of Normalcy or the Same Old Homogenous Imperialism? By Randy S. Woodley

It is coming….the signs of restored racism in our society are beginning to show… Increased hate crimes, record gun sales, White Male Supremacy is definitely on the rebound! It was precipitated by the organized resistance to the first Black President, (think Tea Party and the hijacking of the Republican led House). The Tea Party and their corporate donors have mastered the redistricting game and are now working on gerrymandering on a state level. They intend to win again and "they" mostly rep … [Read more...]

Can You Feel Me? Yes, Somebody Did? by Randy Woodley

I actually began the series See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me as a challenge to the colonial Western Church to be inclusive of ethnic minorities at all levels. (intro to series) Then, almost as if it was planned, it broke wide open and the next thing I knew, I was calling for a boycott of "Whites Only" and "Tokens Only" conferences by White speakers and attenders (See Me). With some help from Andrea Smith (her post), Curtiss Paul DeYoung (his post) and a bunch of interested Emergent folks, (see … [Read more...]

What I Noticed at Wild Goose 2012

1. Being cool is overrated. You already know it was hot. However, having spent a few summers in places like the Dominican Republic and Belize, I have learned you just live differently in the heat. You let go of things.  You let go of expectations.  Once again, I had to accept being uncomfortable and grateful for simple things, like fresh lemonade (squeezed right in front of you), and that my 7 year-old boy still says, "Daddy, up!" when feeling to0 tired to walk, and will settle for holding my h … [Read more...]

Wild Goose Festival Moving Beyond Cynicism (linked by) Randy Woodley

I recently returned from 28 days on the road with my 13 year old son Redbird. I had the pleasure and the hot, sticky opportunity in the North Carolina heat, to speak at the Goose Fest this year. There were so many things I enjoyed and also got me thinking that I am still collecting my thoughts about it all. I promise to blog about it all soon. In the meantime, I believe you will enjoy my colleague Andy Campbell's blog concerning his take on the whole beyond cynicism issue. It is worth … [Read more...]

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...]

Conversation As a Path to Transformation

We're getting ready to celebrate in April our 8-year anniversary of meeting as the "Emerging Church Discussion Group" (a.k.a. the Charlotte Emergent cohort). The group has changed a lot over the years, but one thing remains the same: There is still a need for a safe(r) space for theological conversation, because most churches do not create space for it.This is still true here in Charlotte ("the city of 1,000 churches"), and I suspect it's true of the many cities where other Emergent cohorts … [Read more...]