Alt-Right, Dragging Liberals into the Fight

    This is so hard to explain without triggering people’s instincts to run to the center and find a place of emotional comfort. For years, Progressives have been warning of the emerging threat of Fascism in America. Most of us are well aware of the look of exasperation on the faces of liberals when we sound this alarm; we are met with a polite roll of the eyes and an internal thought process that assigns our concerns under the… Read more

The Patheos Kerfuffle, Yawn!

    My inbox is exploding with discussion of the new Patheos writers contract. Frankly I think all the attention to the issue is distracting from the real meaningful debates and social justice actions taking place in our nation. To put it another way, ‘I just don’t care very much about the issue at hand’.     So Belief Net, which is owned by Christians purchased Patheos;, now come the new ownership seeking a change to the writers contract which… Read more

Dear Democrats, An Invitation Home

Today it is becoming clear that this was a major strategic error on their part. The heart, soul and moral compass of democratic principles lives within the beating hearts of the left. Read more

The Power of Patheos – Hurricane Matthew Haiti Relief

  A man and a woman pick through rubble of a home in Ile-a-Vache after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. The island of 10,000 people suffered massive damage to homes. Foto: Samuel Altema | Univision As Patheos readers and writers of many faiths the news out of Haiti triggers a considerable amount of compassion rooted in our collective belief in the importance of faith as a catalyst for helping those in need. Yet, after years of stories of relief funds being… Read more

Recovering My Heart From Haiti-Hurricane!

  There are moments when history seems to repeat its’ self and past traumas are brought to the surface. This week the emotional wounds that I acquired responding to the earthquake in Haiti have been forcibly ripped open by the events surrounding Hurricane Matthew. Often I have lamented that I left my heart in Haiti, it is only now that I truly grasp the truth of this statement. The feelings of compassion, distress, and the overwhelming sense that my personal… Read more

Dakota Access, Drawing a Line in the Sand

      There are moments that demand we stand for what is right. Actions taken against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters by the builders directly and by local government officials by their strategic absence is one of these moments. Let’s call everyone who believes in the rights of Indigenous peoples   Stand Now!   All those who believe water is a sacred source of life   Stand Now!   All who wish their children to freely enjoy fruits of… Read more

Counsel From A Pariah

  Image Rgbstock.com   BOOM! and a familiar pattern emerges in our collective community; months ago in a piece titled “Confronting The New Right” Rhyd Wildermuth warned of the creeping influence of Fascism in Polytheist communities. Of course he was attacked, demonized, and painted as a Pariah in many polytheist circles. Frankly he did a great Job.   It is an unfortunate reality that those confronting injustice in our communities are subject to the ridicule by those seeking to lay… Read more

An Internal Rebirthing

    Working with people experiencing homelessness has had a profound impact in my very being. I am not referencing some sudden epiphany about the nature of the human condition: rather a soul shaping, ground trembling, rebirthing of my humanity.   Seeing the corrosive effects of un addressed trauma reduce fellow brothers and sisters to mere shadows of the dreams they once contemplated for their lives hurts at a cellular level, reshaping my understanding of my place of privilege and… Read more

A Lack of Empathy In the Face of Violence

  It has taken me some time to process my feelings about the events in Dallas. As a life long Firefighter / EMT who proudly wore a badge, most would suspect that I would have an empathetic reaction to the murder of police officers; that I would join millions of Americans in shock and dismay at the clearly horrifying violence. Of course, I do oppose violence, and believe that the shooting’s are wrong, but here is the rub; in truth… Read more

A TATTERED STARS AND STRIPES

There are many things for Americans to be proud of; our whitewashing of history is not one of them. Read more

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