Sons and Daughters of the Rainbow

Theologically speaking, a truly ecumenical challenge is opening up to inaugurate a new covenant with the Earth in such a way that it will signify the covenant that God established with Noah after the destruction wrought by the flood. There we read: “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of…

Solon: Those whose riches satisfy their greed

Those whose riches satisfy their greed Are not more rich for all those heaps and hoards Than those who are poor with enough to feed And clothe their corpses with such as God affords. I have no use for those who steal and cheat; The fruit of evil poisons those who eat. Some are wicked and rich, and others good…

A season of promise and the lie of a crossless grace

This is the Easter season, post Resurrection, on the other side of the cross. And while some Americans shout “Make America Great Again,” most of the American church has liturgically moved into the season of Easter promises, failing entirely to notice the significance of Easter’s cross. By the cross here, I do not mean that…

The one thing necessary: Thomas Berry on the human-earth relationship

In the modern western world the strange thing is the silence of Christian tradition on this basic issue of human relationship with the earth. Although this is essentially a religious, a spiritual and an ethical issue, our religious traditions, our spiritualities, and our moral codes do not function in this order of magnitude. We can…

Dear future humanity: please forgive us.

As we stand today, there are a lot of obstacles before us to forming communities dedicated to wholeness and justice. First, our society has never fostered the ability to listen to the needs of the vulnerable among us. Both our urban and rural communities have been designed to support systems of domination rather than oppose them. Indeed, there seems to be no collective…

Discerning Resurrection in Our Lives

Originally posted on Radical Discipleship:
            The gift of discernment is basic to the genius of the biblical life style. Discerning signs has to do with comprehending the remarkable in common happenings, with perceiving the saga of salvation within the era of the Fall.  It has to do with the ability to interpret ordinary events…

The Repentant Church’s Non-Triumphal Witness

I am alarmed–even frightened–by the arrogant, Pecksniffian, self-righteous confidence that pervades the politics of America’s current presidential campaigns. Yet, I think what we are really seeing is nothing new; it is, rather, the surfacing of a disposition that has always undergirded the status quo, a disposition that almost always goes unchallenged. And for too long, the Church…

Merton on Faith: A Narcotic Dream or an Awakening?

One of the most important books I have ever read is Thomas Merton’s Faith and Violence. In it, Merton talks about racism, war, radical faith, and the “death-of-God” movement. It hits at the core of some really important questions all people of faith should ask. Written in the 1960s, it is a call for the Church to respond to…

Enemy Love: The Test of Christian Faith

On the 16th of September in 1962, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon titled “Levels of Love” which outlined five different levels of love. He concluded by explaining that agape is the highest level of love that exists. Romantic love is the kind of love where we love because of our affection and attraction for…

Life, death, and the love of control: Eric Fromm

(Painting by Tiffany Roark, ThoughtsinPaint) The following is an excerpt from Eric Fromm’s The Heart of Man (New York, 1966), p.41. While life is characterized by growth in a structured, functional manner, the necrophilous person loves all that does not grow, all that is mechanical. The necrophilous person is driven by the desire to transform the organic…