Something like a socialist dream

This is a guest post by Olivia Smith, Associate Minister Intern at Valley and Mountain in Seattle. It originally appeared on her blog, Livid Compassion.People. Listen. Justice. Community. Conversation. Collaborate. Clean. Support. Engage. Breathe. Pray. Liberation. Readings. Theology. Share. Resources.I have never worked at place like this before, yet it makes so much sense. It may be a something like a socialist dream. Hahaha. It is true community, real community, and it makes so much s … [Read more...]

An atheist and a deist walk into a bar…

This is a guest post by John Draper, author of the novel A Danger to God Himself. This post originally appeared on his blog.That’s me and my friend, Chris, in the photo above. We met at what I now refer to as my bar. I started going there at night to work on my novel. (In the mornings before work, I’d go to Starbucks.) At first, I’d keep to myself. I’d sit in a corner amidst all the noise and carousing and work on my book. People mostly left me alone, assuming I was a schoolteacher gradin … [Read more...]

Beyond the Pulpit and the Prayers

This is a guest post by Olivia Smith, Associate Minister Intern at my home church, Valley and Mountain. It originally appeared on her blog, Livid Compassion.Associate Minister Intern.Arrive 9am.Good mornings – hugs.Fresh Coffee.Check the sink for dishes – wash, dry, put away.Rearrange the furniture (moved from last nights event).Wipe down the desk space (blessing the small non-profits with a little cleaning, we understand you are because you are you need help – we … [Read more...]

What does Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity look like?

While out and about over the weekend, my family and I saw a ton of people dressed in white heading towards a huge crowd of more folks dressed in white. We didn't know what was going on...until the Seattle Times posted a beautiful photo essay about a 6-church celebration of Epiphany by local Ethiopian Orthodox churches. The two-day holiday, called Timket, serves as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Check out the photos here.Fascinatingly, … [Read more...]

What do Christian (atheists) look like?

The second in a series. Follow along here.Based on these signs, I think this man is a progressive Christian who values Jesus as a revolutionary figure, not the son of God--but I could be misinterpreting. What would Christian Atheism look like to you? … [Read more...]

What do Christians look like?

The first in a sometimes-series of photos of Christians doing surprising things. Or in this case, looking like rock stars. Scarlet White, a Christian rock band, performing at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE. … [Read more...]

Mind Blown: Why Alexander Foster gives away all of his income over $27k

Meet Alexander Foster, entrepreneur and big giver. I found him through a Facebook group for altruists. Unlike some of the other folks I've talked to about giving away lots of money, Alexander is a Christian, and his faith motivates him to live frugally in order to donate most (everything over about $27k USD) of his income to charity. Why? I asked him.Alicia: What do you do to make a living? Alexander Foster: I am an entrepreneur, I build companies as big as I can and then, generally, … [Read more...]

My New Year’s Resolution: Don’t be a white moderate

Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (spiritual read-a-long guide here) blew my mind. As one member of the group said, it disturbed me. I knew the facts before reading this book--in fact, I even wrote about them, right here on this blog--but I didn't know the facts.Here are the facts:Mass incarceration is a system of social control. Why? It locks up a third of some black communities, up to a half of others. In 2009, less than 10% of all federal prisoners had been convicted of a … [Read more...]

The New Jim Crow book group: Week 6

As I wrote five weeks ago, I'm running a book group through my church, Valley and Mountain, to read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. (Find all the posts for this book group here. Feel free to use this guide in your church/community!)Chapter six should be the chapter that tells us what to do about the horrific problem of mass incarceration of black men--right? Unfortunately, it does not. What it does do is ask important questions for us t … [Read more...]

The New Jim Crow book group: Week 5

As I wrote four weeks ago, I'm running a book group through my church, Valley and Mountain, to read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. (Find all the posts for this book group here. Feel free to use this guide in your church/community!)Chapter five is a summary of the arguments Alexander has made about how mass incarceration operates as the new system of social control of black men in America. She draws important parallels between mass inc … [Read more...]