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”

we are not our government: an apology 

“I’ve met many peace activists before and I know that you are not the US government.” – a Salvadoran community leader Whether it was in Iraqi-Kurdistan, the Borderlands of Mexico and Arizona, or Palestine, I constantly heard this sentiment in some form. This was said in spite of the US providing chemical weapons to bombContinue reading “we are not our government: an apology “

a funny thing happened on the way to hebron

(This was originally published on Presbyterian Peace Fellowship’s blog) I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT planned their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. They sandwiched it between a Sabeel Conference andContinue reading “a funny thing happened on the way to hebron”

psalms for the election

enjoy two of my favorite anti-empire psalms from the hebrew bible! psalm 46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. therefore we will not fear, though the Earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains trembleContinue reading “psalms for the election”

like any good ghost, the holy ghost haunts the world towards justice #halloweentheology

I wrote this paper a few years back and think it’s good to revisit it, especially on Halloween! “for in the one spook we were all haunted into one house jews or greeks, slaves or free and we were all made to be spooked by the phantasm.” 1 Corinthians 12:13 (New Revised Specter Version) InContinue reading “like any good ghost, the holy ghost haunts the world towards justice #halloweentheology”

frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism

In my bedroom hangs a poster with the first and last chapter of Frantz Fanon’s book, The Wretched of the Earth. I received it as a gift after seeing the film, Concerning Violence, which I cannot recommend enough. As I looked at it again today, I was struck by these words, “Two centuries ago, a formerContinue reading “frantz fanon, #blacklivesmatter, and american exceptionalism”

politicizing villains

How many super hero movies do we need to make before Americans recognize Trump as a super villain? — Rachelle Goguen (@rachellegoguen) July 27, 2016 I retweeted this so fast without thinking it through. If we lived in a world of superheroes and supervillains, I think it would be more like The Watchmen than the world ofContinue reading “politicizing villains”

batman, kurdistan, and the red prison #PPFIK

Currently,  I’m with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and Christian Peacemaker Teams on a delegation in Iraqi Kurdistan. Today, we visited the Red Prison in the morning. Below is the blogpost I wrote for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. It didn’t hit me until later in the afternoon how drained I was from the experience. Before coming on this delegation, weContinue reading “batman, kurdistan, and the red prison #PPFIK”

walter benjamin, solidarity, and my peace delegation

I spent my last semester at Union Theological Seminary thinking about the past. Ever since I learned, two years ago, about Walter Benjamin’s concept of the weak messianic force, I knew I wanted to write my thesis on it. The idea is mainly found in On the Concept of History. It outlines how a historicalContinue reading “walter benjamin, solidarity, and my peace delegation”