September 11, 2019

I’m protesting at a detention center for unaccompanied minors. I’m in my collar, the full wrap-around kind, and it’s decorated like a rainbow. He says, “We need more of you out here. The church leaders, I mean.” Read more

September 2, 2019

I would not claim this letter is from Jesus Christ himself, as John does of his at the opening of his revelation. It is not. It is rather simply a blog post from one who like Kierkegaard is trying to be a Christian, posted on a platform that, at least theoretically, can be read even more widely than John’s apocalypse was, that wild and disturbing visionary letter posted at the end of the New Testament, the one addressed to the… Read more

August 31, 2019

If you ask where to run mid-afternoon in Tucson front desk will kindly suggest treadmills and pool on the sixth floor   They might know a lawsuit is at risk. “Don’t tell the patrons how to run to the trail.” It’s under the interstate and the sidewalks fry eggs.   The heat will pre-sap the sweat from all your pores as if dryness were Calvinist, predestined. Turn the corner and there are two (count them) two   ice cream shops…. Read more

August 26, 2019

September 30th marks the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre, often characterized as the most deadly racial confrontation in Arkansas history, and perhaps the bloodiest post-Civil War racial (and labor) conflict in the United States. The massacre certainly was racially motivated. African-American sharecroppers had gathered at a church in Hoop Spur, three miles north of Elaine, working to obtain better payment for their cotton crops. White plantation owners. Black sharecroppers. This was the racial landscape in Jim Crow America. What… Read more

August 26, 2019

A wandering Aramean was my ancestor (Deuteronomy 26). Where were they going without ever knowing the way? (Fastball) “Do you want to have a humble share in perpetuating wisdom among humanity, in gathering up the inheritance of the ages, in formulating the rules of the mind for the present time, in discovering facts and causes, in turning humanity’s wandering eyes towards first causes and their hearts towards supreme ends, in reviving if necessary some dying flame, in organizing the propaganda… Read more

August 19, 2019

Megan Rapinoe, in her now famous speech in New York after winning the World Cup, included this call to action: “This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more, and talk less. We got to know this is everybody’s responsibility, every single person here. Every single person who is not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and… Read more

August 13, 2019

Forgetting the “Protest” in “Protest-ant” Lately I’ve been wondering how Protestants forgot the “protest” in Protestant. At least in the majority culture, among the group that likes to call itself the moral majority (or now, the Christian Coalition), very little true dissent is happening. The goal instead seems to be enforcement of religious assumptions much more beholden to this world than the kingdom of God. Which is to say, the majority Christian tradition seems to have sold itself out to… Read more

August 12, 2019

9.5 Theses On Being A Sanctuary Denomination “[One] who will not help or support others unless they can do so without affecting their safety or their property will never help their neighbor.” – Martin Luther, 1527 I. Sanctuary means the provision of shelter: Congregations and institutions of the ELCA either currently are able to offer shelter or can be modified to do so; shelter is offered according to the needs of our neighbor. Although the resolution from the New York Synod… Read more

August 11, 2019

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (God) Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy… Read more

August 7, 2019

So, you’d like your church to declare itself part of the new sanctuary network. You are ready to house an individual or family seeking sanctuary. What do you need to know? Step One: Read A Little Bit Read the go-to resource for sanctuary as an alternative to deportation, Church World Service’s web site sanctuarynotdeportation.org . There are a ton of great resources here, ways to participate broadly in the new sanctuary movement, in advocacy, actions, and more. In particular, for… Read more

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