"Meeting Martin Luther King Again for the First Time" by OBERY HENDRICKS

This post appeared on Tikkun's website today.  My reproduction of it is wholly unauthorized, but since both Lerner and Hendricks (above) are friends, I trust they'll forgive me for sharing it with you.  Beautifully written, and worth reading. 


"Shoulder Check," by Ched Myers

A rare personal note.

The signs were, in retrospect, a sign.   Chugging down to Ventura in our biodiesel Jetta on our way to a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, we passed a road sign telling us there was "shoulder work ahead."  No kidding, I thought ruefully.  But the next sign did not bode well.  

"Right shoulder closed."  Which turned out to be my prognosis.


Apocalypse Again: End or New Beginning? by Ched Myers

Today marks a month since the Election Day shocker in the presidential race.  I’ve been talking to younger colleagues who, in its wake, were paralyzed by incredulity and disorientation.  I certainly understand that a Trump presidency feels apocalyptic to them; I was as stunned and depressed as anyone. 

But if there is a silver lining here, it’s that we have seen this awful movie before. 


The "Shy God": A Testimony from Syria

Note:  Our friend Rev. Russ Daye was recently in Lebanon, where he visited refugee camps together with his friend Bchara Oghli, a minister in Aleppo, Syria.  Below is testimony Bchara shared with friends recently, which Russ commended to us to share. (Above: Aleppo before and after the war.)


Rule of the Gun by Ched Myers

Almost 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy famously said "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Speaking on the first anniversary of the "Alliance for Progress" program, he was referring to revolutionary turmoil throughout the Third World as a result of socioeconomic disparities. But the sentiment was echoed by Martin Luther King, Jr regarding the home front, and this week's events underline its truth.


“All the words of the scroll…” A Eulogy for Daniel Berrigan by Ched Myers

Note:  Yesterday, April 3o, 2016, Daniel Berrigan passed into the Cloud of Witnesses, just shy of his 95th birthday.   I am grateful he's been liberated from the physical pain and restrictions he's suffered these last years, but I also feel a profound lonliness at the loss of the last of a generation of my male mentors.   


"Transfiguration or Disfiguration? Remembering Hiroshima," by Ched Myers

Above: "Mushroom-Shaped Cloud," by Susumu Horikoshi, age 6, August 1945.

Today is the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of the nuclear age, when the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing more than 100,000 people.  We remain today under the shadow of nuclear annihilation; this is thus a solemn day to commemorate Disfiguration

August 6th is also, however, the day that the church celebrates the Feast of Transfiguration.  On this day we recall Jesus ascending a high mountain  at a crucial turning point in his ministry,  to commune with the spirits of Moses and Elijah (Mk 9:2-10).  Ancient tradition identifies the site with Mt. Tabor, a free-standing, almost hemispherical peak about five miles south-east of Nazareth (see Ps. 88:13; Jer 46:18), where an important Old Testament battle took place (Judges 4:6-7:19).  In the gospel narrative, Jesus is about to commence a march to Jerusalem that will culminate with a nonviolent confrontation with the Powers; so he climbs the mountain in order to draw strength from his ancestors.   //more


"Francisco Sí" by Joanna Manning

Note:  Joanna Manning (above) is an Anglican priest in Toronto, a former Catholic religious sister, an activist and a longtime friend.  This post first appeared on her website:

This is the first time for several decades that I have opened up a papal document without a sense of dread at what the contents might reveal. But Pope Francis’ latest encyclical on the environment has proved a welcome exception.

Laudato Sí is an impressive and wide-ranging overview of current global realities. And it takes a realistic view of the dire consequences that will follow if we make no significant efforts to change it.

Many insightful comments have already been published by others, but here’s my two cents worth.

Overall, this encyclical represents a big shift in the tone of papal writings. There is no exclusivist ‘us’ (faithful Catholics) and ‘them’ (outside the pale) mentality. This pope’s God is much bigger than that.

This God’s creative energies have produced the evolution of science which is the ally, not the enemy, of faith. 


"Stand against the Storm" by Ched Myers

Yesterday was both an exhilarating and excruciating day for faith communities around the world.  On one hand, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the ecological crisis was released, and Muslims observed the beginning of Ramadan at the new moon.  On the other hand, news spread about two historic Christian sanctuaries that were violated on Wednesday, in Charleston, SC and Tabgha, Israel/Palestine.  A few days ago I commented on the extraordinary pontifical call to discipleship under the shadow of the climate Endgame.  Today my heart is centered on the murder of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. by a young white supremacist.  //more


A Letter of Condolence from Fr. Miguel d'Escoto to the Family Of Tariq Aziz, Former Deputy Prime Minister Of Iraq

Note: My friend Bill Heffernan from Toronto passed this along.  Former Iraqi deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Tariq Aziz died last week in prison from a heart attack.  His body was snatched from Baghdad International Airport where it was waiting to be flown to Jordan for burial.  Here is a letter to Tariq Aziz's son from Miguel D'Escoto of Nicaragua.    --CM

12 June, 2015

Dear Zaid,

I write to you with a heavy heart. You may not remember me, but we have spoken at least once or twice when my dear friend and brother Ramsey Clark put me on the phone with you. That was a few years ago and now I am almost totally deaf and need to see the lips of people when they speak to hold a conversation. That is why I am writing this e-mail at the very kind offering of Naji Haraj and Curtis Doebbler. //more

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