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…

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….