Embodied Creatures: Non-Verbal Communication, Power, and Communion [Scott Emery]

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Ours is a world immersed in sound. We are both enthused and mesmerized by the cacophonous cocoon seemingly keeping us warm and safe. In our earbuds, in our bedrooms, in our cars: sound both follows us and is produced by us with a rabid tenacity. Some of it is self-inflicted. Some of it is forced upon us. Regardless, it has become ubiquitous. Akin to many cultural assumptions, sound is believed to be good based on its pervasiveness.Generally speaking, sound is a good thing. It is a medium by … [Read more...]

CharismaNews Posts Islamophobic Hate Speech: A Betrayal of Christian Identity [Brian Zahnd]

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This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Brian Zahnd. Brian's bio is at the bottom.Friday afternoon I read an opinion piece entitled “Why I Am Absolutely Islamaphobic” by Gary Cass posted on the CharismaNews website. After considerable backlash, the post was thankfully removed tonight (just minutes ago, in fact). It is, however, still posted on Cass's organization's site.It is such an horrendous piece of hate-speech and fear-mongering that at first I assumed it was a satirical piec … [Read more...]

Veronica Noriega’s Hunger Strike in Seattle: What it Means For Immigrants and All of Us [Cote Soerens]

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This is a guest post by Coté Soerens for the Antioch Session. Her bio is at the bottom. Veronica Noriega is putting herself on the line for thousands of families, and this is why you should care. Veronica Noriega is the wife of Ramon Mendoza, one of the leaders of the hunger strike that broke out last March at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, WA. This week Veronica is fasting, camping outside the NWDC in preparation for her husband’s hearing this coming Tuesday, September 9th. W … [Read more...]

How Does Christianity Deal with Death? [Jonathan Murden]

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This is a guest post for the Antioch Session by Jonathan Murden. His bio is at the bottom.One day, we're all going to die. That got your attention, didn't it?One day, our warm bodies, these organisms throbbing with life, all flesh and bone and beating blood, will be cold and still. One day, we will lie as if sleeping as they shovel the dirt on top of us. We will rot and decay and the worms will eat what remains. All of life leads up to that moment when what we once were is no more.As … [Read more...]

#Ferguson: Finding Room in the Grieving [Levi Holland]

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As I sat with a colleague, his question was, “With everything going on in Ferguson, what is the church’s response? We should be doing something!” It's a question I’m sure many people who care about humanity have asked. Should we join the protests? Should we advocate for equality by exposing the evil in this racial injustice? How do we do it in a way that is respectful to the victims of this tragedy? How do we do it in an integral way, not barging in as if we have all of the right answers, much li … [Read more...]

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

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I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]

Talking With Teddy Bears – Incarnation Modeled [Fr. Tony Bleything]

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There are certain people that have a God given magnetism.  They have an uncanny ability to draw out the best in people.  My wife's aunt was that kind of person. Cancer took Teri Jean two years ago.Teri was no ordinary soul...she was a puppeteer.  Teri could tell the best stories, sing the craziest and bawdiest songs, and laugh louder than anyone I knew.  Near the end of her life, Teri chose to go back to school to be a nurse.  In class, she was a bright spot to her classmates and professors, … [Read more...]

The Restlessness of Ordinary Time [Anderson Campbell]

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As August marches quickly toward September, we find ourselves past the apex of daylight in the northern hemisphere, each day becoming slightly shorter than the last. We also find ourselves in the midst of that time in the church year called simply, “Ordinary Time.” Even if you are not part of a particularly liturgical church, you likely are aware of some of her seasons. Advent is the period of time that begins four Sundays before Christmas and during which we anticipate the coming incarnation of … [Read more...]

Starting a New Semester: Lessons of Grace and Discipleship [John Hawthorne]

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The Thursday after Labor Day is the first day of classes at Spring Arbor. It’s my 33rd start to an academic year as professor or administrator. I’m teaching three classes this fall (I have a one course release for administrative responsibilities). Two of them I teach every fall. The third is a new course for me at SAU but I’ve taught it a few times before.  Once I get to August, I start transitioning from my vacation pace to my pre-school pace. My mind is occupied by a predictable set of questi … [Read more...]

Normalizing Discomfort- When Picking Up the Phone Feels Weird [Kelly Green]

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I don’t want to romanticize the call to diversity within church communities. Especially for introverts like me who like to have our few close friends that get us and are perfectly content to live out the rest of our days with only those select few. Knowing we need a table big enough for everyone is one thing. Setting it and inviting the guests that Jesus talked about inviting is another thing entirely.We fight for the marginalized, but it gets trickier when we’re talking about individuals ins … [Read more...]


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