Two January 6 Epiphanies: Insurrection and “The Second Coming”

Joan Didion, W. B. Yeats, and a Parable for Our Dystopian Times Stream of consciousness: “a narrative method that attempts to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings that pass through the mind of the narrator.” That’s how this week’s blog came about, my friends. American author, social commentator, and essayist, Joan Didion, died on December…

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Desmond Tutu Was Badass

Desmond Tutu was badass. For the last week, from political and religious leaders, peace makers and activists, people of all faiths and no faith at all, accolades and tributes have poured out from all over the globe for the diminutive cleric with the infectious smile, a twinkle in his eye and disarming giggle, who often…

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Still

“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,” the carol begins. Except it’s not so still in Bethlehem, and while the “silent stars go by,” the little town is surrounded by a 28-foot-tall wall, a concrete (in both senses of the term) metaphor of the Israeli settler-colonial ethnic cleansing of Bethlehem’s people. …

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Commemorating the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

These are my opening comments, with a couple of additions, for the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace’s annual Commemoration of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Keynote Speaker for this year’s program was US Congressman, the Honorable Andre Carson, Indiana’s 7th District. On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke before…

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Change: A Word for the Second Sunday of Advent

Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship, December 5, 2021 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tibe′ri-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae′a and Trachoni′tis, and Lysa′ni-as tetrarch of Abile′ne, in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca′iaphas, the word of God…

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Chado for Thanksgiving

For the last six-and-a-half years, I have facilitated a class of about 25 on Tuesday mornings, what I call a “community of deep meaning,” where we discuss issues at the intersection of Religion and Culture, following Paul Tillich’s well-known comment from his book of the same name: “Culture is the form of religion; religion is…

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Truth-Telling

Christians in churches around the world celebrated the last Sunday of their liturgical year today (next week begins Advent) as “The Reign of Christ” (formerly “Christ the King”).  The Gospel of John places Jesus before Pilate; their conversation ends with Pilate asking Jesus, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a…

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ICMEP Stands in Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Under Attack

This past Friday, Israel Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, signed a military order declaring six leading Palestinian civil society organizations to be “terrorist organizations” – they are Addameer, al-Haq, Defense for Children International-Palestine, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, Bisan Center for Research and Development, and the Union of Palestinian Women Committees.  These organizations are at…

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Yes to Eros: My Spiritual Journey

The following blog post is from a talk given as part of Spiritual Grounding, a program with the Rev. Graylan Hagler, with Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Washington, DC, on Friday, October 15, 2021. The original presentation is included in the video embedded in this post. I want to say thank you to my friend,…

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