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May
22

Welcome to those who heard Ched on the "RobCast," May 2017

 Thanks for listening to the conversation between Ched Myers and Rob Bell (taped on May 3)--and for visiting our website!
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Apr
16

"The Women, the Authorities, and Jesus’ Body: An Easter Reflection (Mt 27:55-28:15)" by Ched Myers

Above: Mikhail Nesterov “The Empty Tomb,” 1889.

The Easter narrative in Matthew centers around Jesus’ body and a gender struggle. 

Apr
14

"Whosoever would follow me must..." Ched Myers

On this Good Friday, as we commemorate Jesus' cross amidst imperial resurgence and war, I offer this excerpt from Who Will Roll Away the Stone: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (Orbis, 1994), pp 251f, 267.

Mark's invitation to "take up the cross" (Mk 8:34) is the central characteristic of discontinuity with the Domination system.  

"Whosever would"--this is one of Jesus' few universal prerequisites for discipleship.  

Apr
11

“A Tale of Two Meals” by Ched Myers

This is an edited and updated version of a sermon delivered at an outdoor liturgy on Sunday, August 29th, 2004 at the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival in Cheltenham, England.  I offer it here again because this year Passover and Maunday Thursday coincide in the same week.  

 

This week, Jews and Christians celebrate and re-enact their two foundational meals: Pesach (begun Monday) and The Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday).  Each meal gave birth to a people:

Jan
16

"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. 

Jan
3

"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.

Dec
8

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. 

Jul
12

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.)

Jul
8

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.

May
1

“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.   

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