The Table of Life

May it be said of us that we were a people of love; That where there was hunger, we offered nourishment, not from what remained after we had been fed, but from the place deep within yearning for a world without hunger. May it be said of us that where there was thirst, we offered…

The Word became…Wait, what?

“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and” moved to the suburbs. No, that’s not quite right…. “…and” built a house among the rich and famous. Oh yeah. That makes more sense. Isn’t that it, or did I miss something?…

“Misa Campesina”

From Songs from the Batahola Cultural Center in Nicaragua, quoted in Walter Wink, The Human Being (Minneapolis, Fortress Press, 2002), p. 273. You are the God of the poor, the human and simple God, the God who sweats in the street, the God with the weather-beaten face. That’s why I can talk to you the…

For All Our Losses – By Patricia Sheldon

Adapted by Michael Howard For those we miss. For things long gone. For those we last held… In our arms, in our hands and in our hearts—we pray. For memories to stay strong Memories of words and warmth, Of actions and stillness—we pray. For Love shared and loved, Love to remain with us and with…

Some – by Dan Berrigan

Some stood up once, and sat down. Some walked a mile, and walked away. Some stood up twice, then sat down. “It’s too much,” they cried. Some walked two miles, then walked away. “I’ve had it,” they cried, Some stood and stood and stood. They were taken for fools, they were taken for being taken…

The Impulse of Jesus

(This post originally appeared in the online publication Undoing Domination.) The central impulse at the heart of Jesus’ teachings was the proclamation of the Reign of God, or what Walter Wink called “God’s Domination-Free Order.” It was the creation of a new community, a new citizenship, built not on national, tribal, or familial bonds, but…

Zen Poem (For Dorothy Day) – By Dan Berrigan

How I long for supernatural powers! said the novice mournfully to the holy one. I see a dead child and I long to say, Arise! I see a sick man I long to say, Be healed! I see a bent old woman I long to say, Walk straight! Alas, I feel like a dead stick…

Kingdom Treasure

Brookside Community Church July 30, 2017 Pentecost 8A – Matthew 13:44-52. “Just do something!” The real human question being ask of us is whether there is anything we care enough about that we would be willing to risk everything, even our very lives, in order to protect it. “Do something!” That was his wife’s plea….

Nelle Morton – “Hearing to Speech”

  We live in a microwave/internet society that teaches us to look for quick and easy answers. It takes time to learn to really see and hear each other. But our society teaches us that our first impressions are what matters. So we quickly decide what to think. No one wants to take the time…

“I desire mercy.” Go and learn…

In describing the miracles of Jesus, John Dominic Crossan argued in his book Jesus (1989) that Jesus’ was acting “as an alternative boundary keeper in a way subversive to the established procedures of his society” (82). Jesus was not so much a miracle worker as a healer, and healing was not so much the curing of a…

Hospitality: the challenge and the promise of Christmas

It is a fond and familiar thing among mothers to tell birth stories. Sometimes, the stories are peaceful, beautiful, and astonishing. They can be quite disturbing. Often enough, they sound like the war stories. So many babies are “almost” born in the back of a car, in an elevator, in a boiler room, somewhere between the toilet…