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Lutheran pastor Kim Erno sends this reflection from Cuernavaca, Mexico about how Golgotha reflects the marginalization of the urban poor and oppressed pushed into the urban peripheries.
We were headed downtown for Saturday comida (midday meal) and were met with large numbers of people walking away from the city center. They were somber and for the most part silent as if they had just witnessed something unpleasant. We rounded a corner and saw people running across the central plaza of Cuernavaca. At about the same time the air carried the acrid scent of tear gas. //more
Note: Nisly (above) is a retired Mennonite pastor. He is spending 5 months at the Collegeville Institute of Saint John's Abbey writing stories from pastoral and peace ministry. This is a reflection on his time in Iraq with CPT last fall.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest. Isaiah 62:1
Jesus came near and saw the city, he wept over it saying, “If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.” Luke 19:41f.
Isaiah sees injustice and invokes Jerusalem, refusing to keep silent. Jesus sees Jerusalem and laments our refusal to see what makes peace. Jerusalem, a central and symbolic place whose name embraces peace -- salaam/shalom – embodies violence reverberating around the world.
Note: We have also received many requests for this amazing sermon, given at the Ash Wednesday worship service of the Festival of Radical Discipleship, Feb 18, 2015. Jennifer Henry (above) is the Executive Director of Kairos Canada.
Isaiah 58:1-12, Mark 1: 1-13
You and I, we are standing on the edge of the wilderness with Jesus; you and I, on this first day of Lent, driven by the Spirit; you and I, on this Ash Wednesday, made of earth and water. Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return. Today, whatever our justice ministry, we are invited, reminded, compelled, driven to enter into the wilderness to confirm our identity, to remember our names, and to reclaim our integrity, finding each other along the way. //more
We've received lots of requests to make this available, so below is an excerpt from Ched’s opening comments at the Bartimaeus Kinsler InstituteFestival of Radical Discipleship here in Oak View on Feb 16, 2015. (Above: A surprise appearance of the “Rt. Rev. Arch Squishop of the Ventura River Watershed” at the Carnival performance on Wednesday.)
What this week is really about is to commemorate 40 years of the Radical Discipleship movement. Radical Discipleship is NOT a dope slogan, or a mobilizing soundbyte, or a hip brand, or an ironic twitter handle. Hell, these terms aren’t even cool anymore. “Radical” is a term as unfashionable today as it was trendy in the 1960s. The notion of “discipleship,” meanwhile, is entirely shrugged off in liberal church circles, and trivialized in conservative ones. So let me explain why this is the handle of this Festival, why we insist on using the phrase. The etymology of the term radical (for the Latin radix, "root") is the best reason not to concede it to nostalgia. If we want to get to the root of anything we must be radical. No wonder the word has been demonized by our masters and co-opted by marketing hucksters, and no wonder no one in conventional politics dares use the word favorably, much less track any problem to its root. //more
At least once a month I get a call from a journalist looking for stories on food and faith.
Just last week a guy from the New York Times Magazine called looking for stories on faith-based agrarian communities. After getting over my initial jealousy that I wasn't the writer pitching that very story to the New York Times Magazine, I told him where he might look. After all, I spent three years writing a book on that very topic. It's called Soil and Sacrament. The story I told in that book was partly my own "agrarian conversion," as I called it, but most of the book was a profile of different actors in the faith-based food movement. After researching dozens of such communities, I narrowed it down to four: Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Jewish.
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