a people’s history of prayer: an introduction

  Ever since I first heard of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, I have been fascinated with the series. Most recently I read An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Her thoughtful prose and love for the subject has filled me with such intrigue and sorrowContinue reading “a people’s history of prayer: an introduction”

st. paul armed with a black bandana and a chant

  “There is a perfect likeness between the Christian and the anarchist: their object, their instinct, points, only toward destruction.” (The Antichrist, Nietzsche, 168) My first major protest was against the G20, which was hosted in Pittsburgh during the fall of 2009. My friends and I borrowed my hall mate’s car and drove from PhillyContinue reading “st. paul armed with a black bandana and a chant”

christmas on the margins

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, his place is with those others for whom there is no room. Christ’s place is with thoseContinue reading “christmas on the margins”

i can’t do this without you: a sermon on james 5:13-20

I preached this sermon on Sunday, September 27th at Broadway Presbyterian Church in NYC. Prayer: O God who continually loves us, I am grateful. I am grateful that no matter how we’re feeling, you stay the same. I am grateful at your faithfulness even when we’re not faithful. May your spirit linger in this placeContinue reading “i can’t do this without you: a sermon on james 5:13-20”

jean 3:!6 an exitjesus

I had Jean 3:!6* memorized before I entered second grade. 20 years later, I still hold it dear, but in a much different way. Early in my faith, I thought praying Jean 3:!6 was the first and most important step in salvation. I would pray this verse nearly every Sunday. It was paradoxically comforting andContinue reading “jean 3:!6 an exitjesus”

“no one chooses refugee camps or strip searches”

An accidental forte I’ve developed over the years is not staying in one place for too long. In the last six years I’ve moved over ten times and this doesn’t count the in-between months of staying on friends’ couches. When I visited my parents’ house at the beginning of the summer my dad counted howContinue reading ““no one chooses refugee camps or strip searches””

boJack horseman and the question of happiness

When I watch cartoons I feel both too late and too old to be doing so. My tastes as a kid changed from watching Spongebob to religiously watching ESPN. SportsCenter with Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, and Stuart Scott seemed more appropriate to me as a 9 year old than Animorphs the animated series. Now inContinue reading “boJack horseman and the question of happiness”

reflecting on natural law and culture

I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I recently thought of the meaning of ‘natural,’ but it’s been consuming my thoughts. I guess most recently it was hearing arguments against same-sex relationships. Some claim God made humanity to naturally fit together, one with a vagina and the other with a penis. They just work. Conversely, asContinue reading “reflecting on natural law and culture”

love is love and the politics of recognition

Over the past few days, my Facebook newsfeed has been bittersweet. On the one hand, we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Now queer people of any identity can marry their partner. On the other hand, we mourn the life and service of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of theContinue reading “love is love and the politics of recognition”

my abstract for the anarchism and the body conference

I’m extremely excited to be presenting at Anarchism and the Body Conference, June 12-14, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. I present on Sunday, June 14th from 3:40pm-4:45pm. Here’s my abstract: Weak Bodies, Weak Theology: A Genealogy of Biblical Bodies as Constellations of Anarchism Body theology, most notably in the U.K., constructs a theology based onContinue reading “my abstract for the anarchism and the body conference”