adventus absurdus


in the bleak midwinter

… millions are unemployed, uninsured, and under pressure.

 

widening gap between the haves and the have nots widening and gappening like mick jagger about to eat all of the billions of burgers mcdonald’s serves from the deforested brazillian rainforests turned into grazing land to feed our addictions to cheap bovine carcasses infused with hormones, antibiotics, and monsanto’s irreversibly genetically modified pastures.

“corporate person” funded presidential candidate cacophany of outrageous claims to undermine and dissolve whatever might be left of our supposedly sacrosanct social safety fish net stockings with holes in them big enough to let the dying great barrier reef, the hole in the ozone layer, and the too late, past the tipping point, global warming gasses passed by the now 7 billion of us – we can’t seem to stop f***ing! – f***ers flow through.

we tune out with our ipods and text while we drive, droning phoning on about where we are now and how slow the traffic is… as if any one really cares.

we medicate ourselves with dances with the stars, and pretending to care about the change in justin bieber’s hair style, demi’s divorce with ashton, tantric Tebowing, and the life and times of the kardashians who somehow beamed onto our planet from a wayward script of star trek.

 

yet, lo!

lo how a rose!

lo how a rose e’r blooming on fox news!

 

awakened ones are on the rise

literal signs of hope appear

large white sheets of paper and flattened cardboard spell out what we’ve all been thinking but were too inhibited to say.

 

a new day is coming!

the ways of today are relics of the past!

a new heaven and a new earth are on the their way!

 

sure, some who of those scared but doing it anyways souls who hold those signs are shot point blank with pepper spray and rubber (coated steel) bullets.

 

but as with the sh*t that happens, so does grace.

 

God is in the house!

 

God is in the those who are reclaiming their gifts of prophecy and are speaking truth to power.

 

God is in that slip of paper that a protester slipped to Obama.

 

God is in that guy with the funny hat who handed that fox reporter his a$$ with a barrage of undeniable truth, and in how even though they didn’t air that clip, if it weren’t for fox being there to interview that guy, those truths wouldn’t’ve hit the net and gone viral.

 

God is in that iraq war vet, and that methodist pastor, and that 84 year old woman, and those kids in Berkeley who nonviolenly took it in the face … because they can’t take it anymore.

 

God is in those who did the spraying, the shooting, and the clubbing … who went home that night feeling remorse and realizing that they are only a paycheck or an injury away of being out on the streets with those protesters.

 

God is putting the protest back in protestant and universal back in catholic – reminding us that we are in fact all one – and we’re called to advent activism.

 

God is in the delightul co-mingling of christians, jews, muslims, buddhists, pagans, socialists, and anarchists. God is in those who are persecuted for his name’s sake accused of associating with sinners and tax collectors by those who forget that it is exactly those persons who jesus hung out with!

 

God is in the christians in egypt who are protecting muslim protesters at prayer and in the muslims who are protecting coptic churches, God is in the atheists and agnostics who speak well of The Christian Left, God is in the brave gay and lesbian celebrities, politicians, and athletes who are telling bullied queer young people that “it gets better,” and God is in the ironic common ground between the occupiers and the tea-partiers.

 

inexplicably, subversively, and completely under our nose,

God is here and on the move.

 

as in clandestine ways of old, where God raised hebrew leaders in pharaoh’s midst, and where God came to dwell with us as “a bastard in a barn,”

 

the still small voice still speaketh.
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video clip of me “preaching/reading” this piece.

xx – Roger

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who directs the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is author of Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity

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Roger is an ordained United Methodist pastor and the author of the new book – Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity.

 

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About Roger Wolsey

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He's the author of "Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity."

  • Danie Clarke

    amen/awoman

    God is with us

  • Gail Caduff-Nash

    Couldn’t have said it better myself, but without all the god stuff. Replace “god” with “goodness” – same same. It’s good to see that someone sees things clearly despite the delusion of god-stuff. Good!! Passing it on . . .

  • Brent Smith

    Not trying to piss on your parade, but while the arguments you and a few of the OWS folks are making may be true, the effort seems pointless. Why don’t you simply stop buying from the big bad corporations? What current effective model are you proposing? Cuba? Your anger for not having jobs is the direct result of making arguments and decisions based on hope, hype, and delusions. I truly believe the entire OWS crowd would leave the cities if Jerry Garcia was still alive and theDead were on tour!

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    Brent, Odd comments to make in response to a poem (not an argument). That said, a) I do try to limit my purchases; b) regulated capitalism (though we need to put the regulated back into it); c) I’m not angry; d) do you “truly believe” that the WWII vets who are showing up to OWS events, and the 84 year old woman who got pepper sprayed, etc. are Dead Heads?

  • Themistocles

    Nice work Roger… Just need a beat box backup…

    While OWS does their thing we need to OTC, Occupy The Church

    “Old School” Jesus calls us to OTiC, see KJV Luke 19:13

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    for those who prefer a less poetic approach to all of this, click here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/2011/11/food-for-the-fight-a-sermon-for-the-occupiers/

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    If you liked this poem, you might also enjoy this blog. Jesus’ Mom was a Punk http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/2011/12/jesus-mom-was-a-punk/ “Have yourself an edgy little Christmas.” ; )

  • Jason L

    The above article is rather edifying .

    However, the other article about Jesus’ mother might have come close to an edifying article, but the use of a shocking, uncouth, vulgar, provocative turn of phrase to describe Mary, at the beginning of the article, kept it from thus becoming an edifying article .

    As an Eastern Orthodox Christian I am quite appalled and disgusted that in the other article about Mary and “punk rockers” , that the article would use a turn of phrase with a vulgar , sexually provocative turn of phrase to describe the Theotokos .

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    Jason, I guess that’s one of the differences between the Orthodox and Catholic churches and us lowly Protestants. Then again, if you are willing to think about it, sometimes employing seemingly profane/secular terms, can highlight, amplify, and reveal the holy. Peace.

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    re: the lyric in the poem about “God is in that guy with the funny hat who handed that Fox news reporter his a$$” … see this video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJgWdfZqDj0&feature=share

  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com Roger Wolsey

    Here’s a video recording of me “preaching” this poetic sermonette. The sound quality gets better as it goes on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXr_BmyV1Ps


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