click The tragedy of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting in an elementary school in Connecticut occurred during my first year as a local church pastor in New England. The Sunday following the shootings was Gaudete (Joy) Sunday in the Advent calendar, and though we lit the Advent candles, I decided to do away with my prepared sermon and read the 23rd Psalm and opened up the floor for the congregation to share their feelings about what happened in Sandy Hook. Continue reading Not a Place for Guns→
In the wake of another Labor Day, observed historically each first Monday of September throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, we continue through the course of past years to experience drastic changes in the faces and forms of organized labor, once strongly protected by unions. Continue reading Labor and Liberation . . .→
Violence is as American as apple pie,” Rap Brown famously said. As is often the case, Rap’s pronouncement did not get serious consideration in mainstream America. Nevertheless, many observers may be getting close to realizing Rap’s declaration in its full context.
Rap was not limiting his comments to mean mere random acts of violence between citizens, which has always been a problem. Instead, he was addressing how force is used and what purpose it serves. Continue reading White Supremacy and Violence→
According to Omid Safi, “love is justice embodied.” When following Jesus’ teachings to love our neighbors, how do we embody this love? How does the love of God show up in our embodied selves? What if we were to measure our love for neighbor by how their bodies are doing?
For example, does our neighbor’s body have the nutrients needed for physical and mental well-being? Is there clean water to drink, fresh fruits to enjoy, and enough to nourish the growing children in the house? Continue reading Love is Justice Embodied→