We’re not “Just Passing Through.”

I recently overheard the following observation about various students at a certain liberal arts college: “What white feminists say: “I am a spiritual entity first and a human body second.” (privilege) What women of color experience: “I cannot identify as a spiritual being first, no matter how badly I want to, because society puts limits on my identity based on my skin color and ethnicity.” (oppression) I’ve seen these very insights named and called out several times over the years… Read more

We are being PUNKED by Trump.

Having a hard time sleeping at night lately? Has all of the hatred, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia, anti-immigrant rhetoric that Donald Trump has been spewing and evoking in others been getting you down? Baffled that Trump has now been having his followers raise their right hands in a neo-nazi “Heil Hitler!” fashion? Insomnia can take years off our lives.           I have an answer…. “..But it could be that we don’t need to sleep at night… Read more

The I Love Donald Trump Spirituality Test

Another election year political season is upon us and it’s unlike any other I’ve seen. It’s over the top. It’s reptilian. Actually, that’s not very fair to lizards. The heated rhetoric spewing forth from many of the candidates is vitriolic, bass, crass, and ugly. Those debates have been slug fests of rivaling Lords of the Flies – and they’ve all but incited the masses to riot. But we can’t put all of the blame on those candidates, they’re simply saying… Read more

Saved by the Lesbians.

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… Read more

Phyrarm May Be for You!

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Thanksgiving Defiance.

Thanksgiving. Seems like a goodthing right? Seems kinda holy. Seems kinda churchy. Except, it’s not a Christian holiday. It’s not part of the liturgical calendar, and they don’t really train us preachers in how to deal with it. Like Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, it’s just one of those secular, civil holidays that many American church-goers “assume” is blessed and sanctioned by the Church. Now it’s not like Thanksgiving is foreign to Christianity. We tend to think it’s… Read more

Enough With the Progressive Christian Outrage Machine!

“Hope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.”  St. Augustine Being at dis-ease with injustice is why progressive Christianity seeks to be engaged in the world in order to transform it. “Accepting what is” may be a generic spiritual value, but moral quietude is not a Christian value. That said, progressive Christians would do well to be… Read more

“I’m no longer a Protestant. Sort of.”

The following is a blog written by a first time guest contributor to The Holy Kiss. Part of my advocating for progressive Christianity is seeking to amplify the voice of young progressive Christians. Simone Ramacci is a young Italian Christian who is currently studying at a university in England. I hope you find his ponderings as insightful as I do. – Roger  ======= Today I did something I never expected I would: I went into a church and asked for… Read more

Why they killed Jesus.

The Romans didn’t kill Jesus because he performed miracles or healed people on any day of the week. He wasn’t killed because he taught (or criticized) spiritual truths or religious practices. They executed him because of his subversive politics and his perceived threat to the stability of the Palestinian region of the Roman empire. They killed him for his work in organizing a labor movement of disgruntled Galilean fishermen who were sick and tired of being oppressed by unjust Roman… Read more

Let’s change the Lord’s Prayer. (again)

 Let’s face it, the world has changed. That is, our understanding of it has changed – and how we perceive things – is reality for humans. For the first few centuries of Christianity, people believed in a cosmology that had a 3-tiered universe; i.e., one where Heaven was (literally) above us. Earth is where we dwell now. And below us, for unfortunate souls, a (literal) Hell. That view no longer makes sense to most people in the 21st century. We… Read more

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