August 9, 2016

Hope Givers by Daisy Rain Martin is not a book you should read – unless you’re a human being seeking to find meaning in life – unless you’re seeking to scrap together some sense of a healthy perspective on the many travails and ups and downs of life – unless you follow Jesus in some rather unorthodox, non-conventional, humble, really down-to-earth, and utterly outrageous ways – unless you’re the sort of person who finds that reading anecdotes and slices of… Read more

April 26, 2016

Most all of the world religions share a common teaching to not harm others – “the Silver Rule.”  “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” – Rabbi Hillel  That’s one of the many teachings among the world religions that state this in “the negative.” Two religions, Christianity and Jainism, state it in the positive teaching to pro-actively do good to others. As Jesus… Read more

April 25, 2016

When asked “who is your favorite person in the Bible?” I don’t say Moses – even though at times I’ve felt adrift in life and like I’m floating down a river into the unknown I don’t say Peter – even though I relate to his epic adventures in missing the point I don’t say Paul – even though I relate to his ego, and the unnamed thorn in his side I don’t say Mary – even though my heart sings… Read more

March 11, 2016

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

March 8, 2016

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

February 23, 2016

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

November 30, 2015

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

November 23, 2015

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November 18, 2015

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

November 10, 2015

“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

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