We feel powerless and lost, a directionless people (a re-imagining of Lamentations 5)

During this time of quarantine and protest; of rage and frustration; of confusion and fear, the Bible provides for us a much-needed resource: lament. Six centuries before the birth of Christ, the Babylonian Empire ransacked Jerusalem in Ancient Judah. Babylonians forcefully removed thousands of Hebrew people from their homes and exiled them. Yet, many wereContinue reading “We feel powerless and lost, a directionless people (a re-imagining of Lamentations 5)”

The Empire is Making You Sick: A Radical Theology from the Gospel of Mark

This brilliant piece is by guest blogger Rand Williamson. Introduction: Looking for the Roots of a Sick Society With social life in America rupturing like a boil. It seems almost like an understatement to say “the US is sick”. After generations of racism and economic deprivation, months of isolation, weeks of riots, and continuing demonstrationsContinue reading “The Empire is Making You Sick: A Radical Theology from the Gospel of Mark”

A Prayer for Pentecost #BlackLivesMatter

O God of raging firesO Jesus, who looted the TempleO Spirit found amongst grief and protestWe come before you in anguish We remember this weekend the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit roared into that upper room and breathed new languages on the tongues of the apostles. It’s a time of celebration for the church,Continue reading “A Prayer for Pentecost #BlackLivesMatter”

The Shock Doctrine and COVID-19

We are currently living in a void, an empty space, a space of potential, not a blank page, but a jumping point. We are adapting to our “new normal,” one where measuring screen time is rendered irrelevant because of our need for connection with friends, family, and co-workers. We are anxious, scared, sad, and lonely.Continue reading “The Shock Doctrine and COVID-19”

Uncrowning the Bramble

I wrote this reflection for Presbyterians for Earth Care. “The trees once went outto anoint a king over themselves.So they said to the olive tree,‘Reign over us.’The olive tree answered them,‘Shall I stop producing my rich oilby which gods and mortals are honored,and go to sway over the trees?’ Then the trees said to theContinue reading “Uncrowning the Bramble”

“Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as we are made,then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear:You, sent out beyond your recall,go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare up like a flameand make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you:beautyContinue reading ““Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke”

Isaiah 2:2-4, rewritten

I had the pleasure this weekend to hangout with my Presbyterian Peace Fellowship friends. During our times of worship and reflection, we read my rewrite of Isaiah 2:2-4. In the days to come, God’s justice will extend beyond the heavens encircling galaxies, borders, and flags.All peoples and creatures shall recognize such love.They will say, “Have youContinue reading “Isaiah 2:2-4, rewritten”

practicing anti-idolatry for lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the anticapitalist season of Lent. A season where one focuses on consuming less and become inwardly focused on spiritual health. A time when one’s worth is not caught up in buying things. One is reminded today of their death as ashes are rubbed into one’s forehead and the recitationContinue reading “practicing anti-idolatry for lent”