Neo-orthodox gay Christian studying preaching & worship at a liberal seminary. I am an adult convert to Christianity, and also a faith organizer, sometimes. I post about my gay-married domestic lifestyle, poverty & poor people's movements, anti-imperialism (religious or secular), Christian social ethics, and the Church.
All Bible quotes are from the NRSV unless otherwise specified.
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against the cosmic powers of this present darkness
I understand that pacifism/nonviolence is a very big umbrella, but I wonder how someone can get to a necessary anticapitalist analysis of war and violence if they themselves equate property and people — if they suggest that property destruction is always violence.
6:16 pm • 7 March 2014 • 7 notes
Anonymous asked: but why noooooot the bay area????
Too urban/too expensive for me, there’re already tons of socially engaged gay-friendly churches (“the market is saturated” in more unfortunate terms) so unless I get a job at one of those it’s not practical for me to Try New Things, and I dislike insular activist culture and I’ve gotten the impression that there’s a good amount of that in the Bay Area.
10:24 pm • 6 March 2014 • 3 notes
Shortly, standing before audiences, I discovered something unexpected. The closer my explanation [for the burning of draft files at Catonsville] drew upon biblical instruction and source, the less palatable it became; and this to Catholics. It was as though in so speaking, one was by no means building bridges of understanding. One was putting up a wall, stone by stone, and mortising it tight.
It was quite acceptable to talk “politics.” There was at least a nascent sense that the war was intolerable, granted the American system and its “normal” workings. One gained this small leverage. But the fact that the war might be inconsistent with the words and example of Christ, that killing others was repugnant to the letter and spirit of the Sermon on the Mount — this was too much: it turned living ears to stone.
— Daniel Berrigan, To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography (via berrigans)
8:28 pm • 6 March 2014 • 7 notes
I just promised my husband we could move to California at some point in the future.
All relationships require sacrifice.
4:39 pm • 6 March 2014 • 12 notes
OK I don’t want to be a Client From Hell, but it seems to me like you, media productions person, should know that when we say we want a video to put on our web site it’s not actually helpful to send us a 3 GB, 2-minute video
and maybe it should’ve clued you in when we had to figure out for literally a week how to actually get the video from your hands to ours and you said that it would be faster to mail us a DVD because uploading on the internet would take too long
we need to upload it.
that is the entire point of the video!
3:19 pm • 6 March 2014 • 4 notes
“Vermont ranks high on Gallup’s “well-being” index, but several recovering addicts here say they do not feel a part of that Vermont. They do not ski, or have jobs, or have much to look forward to.”
Heroin Surge Overtakes ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town - NYTimes
It takes all of an hour in Vermont (provided you leave Stowe) to discover that this is a reality for a lot of the population. My organizer friends get so frustrated when anyone new to the state talks about what a high quality of life it has, how bucolic it is. Due to successive waves of enclosures of the commons, deindustrialization, and the cost of transportation, Vermont’s natural beauty is a playground for the rich and a wasteland for the poor. What drives heroin addiction in Vermont is despair and poverty — and lack of access to social services, which goes hand in hand with both.
10:27 am • 6 March 2014 • 4 notes
Flynn sleeping in various places/positions. Including with her head in Haymarket’s butt, because cats are weird.
6:37 pm • 5 March 2014 • 3 notes
A yearning might justifiably rise for Stringfellow’s discerning eye in the era of Barack Obama. If his rhythm and rhetoric draws more on freedom struggle preachers, if it is circumspect in its acknowledgment of religious pluralism, if it honors the political agency of black and brown Americans, it nonetheless leans upon the sophisticated compromises of Reinhold Niebuhr’s imperial theology, commonly called Christian realism. In that guise Obama, at least for his first term, has maintained the Bush policies and more — ongoing wars, torture and imprisonment without charge, extrajudicial assassination by drones (airborne robots), massive capital transfers to, and collaboration with, corporations and banks, deportations of more than one million undocumented residents, and the continuing assault on the environment. (He may believe in global warming, but his policy is practically unaffected).
It is as though an imperial beast has ruled continuously with many different theological heads and horns.
— Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s introduction to William Stringfellow: Essential Writings
9:54 am • 5 March 2014 • 3 notes
One of the things I did with brioche was that I layered thin slices of it in a loaf pan with a stewed berry mixture (frozen blueberries & raspberries, a little sugar, vanilla powder, almond extract) and then compressed it in the fridge overnight. Thus resulting in a terribly easy and delicious pudding that I don’t mind eating for dessert or for breakfast (with a little Greek yogurt).
10:34 pm • 4 March 2014 • 8 notes
dreamsbeginaroundtheriverbend asked: I grew up in a church environment that didn't observe the liturgical year so Lent is new to me. But I love it. I love the ideal of communal fasting, the idea of dying to yourself and the idea of rising again to new life on Easter Sunday. I wish you luck on picking up something new :)
Right? I think it’s actually really beautiful — I’ve always loved the Biblical texts about Jesus in the wilderness, and Holy Week is so overwhelming to me. I’m an adult convert to Christianity so I’m still finding my way around all of it as well.
Good luck to you, too!
10:21 pm • 4 March 2014 • 5 notes