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…

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…

Not Ashamed: For the Good of All of Us

I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God who favors the marginalized. I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God who wills that every hungry mouth be fed. I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God whose power is perfected, not in our…

Clash of Religions

The standoff outside the courthouse, at the bridge, and outside the capital in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 was entirely a clash of religious differences–or should I say, of different religions. One “religion” valued freedom and human life (what Howard Thurman called “the Religion of Jesus”) and the other “religion” valued submission and obedience…

The Fierce Urgency of Now

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late… Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘too late.’ ……

A Radical-Wesleyan Understanding of Christian Initiation

Baptism is fundamentally an act of protest. It is the initiation into a community committed to living contrary to the oppressive ways of the world. Baptism is a collective form of “civil disobedience.” As Rodney Clapp writes, the rite of baptism is the act that most expresses our constitution and cultivation as a Christian people….

An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible

Originally posted on Thinking Pacifism:
Ted Grimsrud—January 25, 2015 [This post is a continuation of the conversation about anarchism that I have started in this blog in months past—the most recent post was “More thinking about an ‘anarchistic’ Christianity” on December 15, 2014. It’s an introduction to a series of seven or eight posts that…

Ceremony — Leslie Marmon Silko

I will tell you something about stories, [he said] They aren’t just for entertainment. Don’t be fooled They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death. You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories. Their evil is mighty but it can’t stand up to our stories….

Saints in the hands of a humble heaven

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on…