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    • Rewarding disobedience

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      Rewarding disobedience

      I love this! MIT has created an award for creative disobedience. The kind of action of “being disobedient to illegitimate authority and obedient to the demands of conscience.” I love their introduction to it:

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      April 19, 2017

    • A moment of hope for today

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      A moment of hope for today

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      April 19, 2017

    • Richard Rohr and Christianity

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      Richard Rohr and Christianity

      I have been trying for years to help some of my friends who grew up in the church and have since left it, I’ve been trying to help them see that the church of their youth is not the only way to think of church. Richard Rohr does this better than anyone I know, and this brief talk is a lovely su...

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      April 19, 2017

    • Working with commercials

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      Working with commercials

      There is a wealth of commercials available online these days — really beautiful, narratively interesting, sometimes even profound, commercials. I’ve started to collect my favorites over at my website Storyingfaith.org. Here’s one I like a lot from Canada:

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      April 19, 2017

    • Alicia Garza on #BLM

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      Alicia Garza on #BLM

      I wish more people would take the time to listen to those who are leading the Movement for Black Lives. Here’s Alicia Garza, one of the people who started #BLM:

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      September 30, 2016

    • The Cabinet debate in ASL!

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      The Cabinet debate in ASL!

      With watching (at least for those of us who are Hamilton fanatics…)

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      September 30, 2016

    • Day of Prayer for Creation

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      Day of Prayer for Creation

      On this global day of Prayer for Creation, Pope Francis invites us “to profound interior conversion, trusting in the overwhelming love of the God we confess. Pope Francis’ plea is deep and wide, offering a truly wholistic approach to our shared relationality: In 2000, also a Jubilee Year, my pr...

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      September 9, 2016

    • Action on behalf of Creation

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      Action on behalf of Creation

      Today is World Day of Prayer for Creation. Prayer is a powerful resource, but sometimes people tend to think of it only as conversation with God — not as conversation embodied in action. So here are some resources that are available to help people think through how to enact care for Creation. F...

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      September 9, 2016

    • Shake it off

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      Shake it off

      This parody/cover of the Taylor Swift song “Shake it off” was released yesterday. The sheer joy of the piece makes me happy! It’s a remake of the original music video: The original one worried me a bit, for all of the reasons noted here (which have to do with cultural appropriation), but I ca...

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      August 31, 2016

    • Teaching about race, racism and police violence

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      Teaching about race, racism and police violence

      A number of organizations have put out lists of resources for communities — especially white ones — to engage. I like this list from the organization Teaching Tolerance, the best. I also found the idea of a “30 day race challenge” a useful tactic. Here is a list of books which writers of color ...

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      July 27, 2016

    • Anthony Trollope on sermons

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      Anthony Trollope on sermons

      And now for something completely different…. Back in 1857 Anthony Trollope published a novel called Barchester Towers. I know this because I watched the Amazon series Dr. Thorne (which was done by Julian Fellowes) and decided that the book HAD to be better. I started reading it — and it was, by...

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      July 12, 2016

    • Re-membering nature in Christianity

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      Re-membering nature in Christianity

      Elizabeth Johnson is someone whose work I’ve long loved. Her book Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love offers a very different read on what some have called a tension between evolution and Christianity. One of the ways Christianity has slipped into toxicity, particularly of the racist, se...

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      July 12, 2016

    • Speaking truth to power

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      Speaking truth to power

      Jesse Williams (an actor you might know from Grey’s Anatomy, amongst other roles) gave a powerful and convicting speech at the recent BET Awards as he accepted the Humanitarian Award. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to take a platform like that and speak such searing truth.

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      July 12, 2016

    • Hallelujahs, broken and otherwise

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      Hallelujahs, broken and otherwise

      In this time of angst, terror, economic disasters, messed up politics, and so on, all I can do some days is pray and look for glimpses of beauty. Music is one way that I do that. Here’s a glimpse of God in the midst of the community:

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      July 12, 2016

    • #PhilandoCastile

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      #PhilandoCastile

      This morning I woke up in MN to the latest killing of a Black person by a police officer — mere blocks from the seminary where I teach. This time it was Philando Castile, shot in his car in front of his girlfriend and her 4 year old daughter. Words fail. As before, I will try to post useful pie...

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      July 12, 2016

    • A blessing for today

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      A blessing for today

      This morning I woke up to the deaths of multiple police officers in Dallas. This constant drumbeat of violence is making it hard for me to fight off despair. As a white person I have been able to avoid this pain for a long time, the privileges I carry insulating me. But I am trying very hard to...

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      July 12, 2016

    • I am tired

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      I am tired

      I am tired. I am tired of feeling like I am shouting out into a vast abyss, and nothing is changing. If I feel like this, a middle class white cis straight woman (with all sorts of other privileges I’m not even naming), how much more fatigued to the bone are my sisters and brothers of color in ...

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      July 12, 2016

    • A moment of peace and encouragement

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      A moment of peace and encouragement

      Some encouragement from one of my favorite groups, Sweet Honey in the Rock:

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      May 9, 2016

    • Parker Palmer on faithfulness

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      Parker Palmer on faithfulness

      A powerful call to teachers!

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      April 22, 2016

    • Choosing our religion

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      Choosing our religion

      To be honest, I receive a lot of books from colleagues – and even more from publishers – who are interested in my feedback or review of a specific text. Most of the time I glance at a book, get a basic sense of what it’s about, and then put it on one of a couple of piles in my office that are “...

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      April 22, 2016

    • Public education is a crucial matter!

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      Public education is a crucial matter!

      One of the benefits of being on research leave has been the opportunity to read widely in areas I haven’t caught up with in years. I have always cared about what it means to be in community with each other deeply, and particularly in terms of the wide economic disparities that exist in the US. ...

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      April 22, 2016

    • A moment of beauty for today

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      A moment of beauty for today

      watch this

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      April 22, 2016

    • Sanders + Hamilton

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      Sanders + Hamilton

      Every year I keep an eye/ear out for which songs spark the most creative parodies. Clearly this year it’s the musical Hamilton by far. Combined with it being a presidential primary season, I’m not surprised — although I’m very pleased! — that a brilliant young artist (Tabitha Holbert) has creat...

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      April 22, 2016

    • Bird: Are you serious?

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      Bird: Are you serious?

      A moment of beauty this morning:

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      April 22, 2016

    • Celebrate and participate in the global commons

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      Celebrate and participate in the global commons

      Here’s a great call to action for the creative commons movement! Creative Commons: Remix from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

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      January 29, 2016

    • Macklemore on #BLM

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      Macklemore on #BLM

      Macklemore has a new rap out, WhitePrivilege2, which is a powerful comment on BlackLivesMatter and the challenge of confronting white privilege with integrity: This is not a new focus for him, he also did one back in 2009:

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      January 29, 2016

    • Celebrating MLK, Jr.

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      Celebrating MLK, Jr.

      A lovely new acapella version of this song performed by Naturally 7 and the Maccabeats:

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      January 15, 2016

    • Advent Resources

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      Advent Resources

      It’s that time of year again, and I want to re-post (because the links have changed), some important resources. The first is an alternative set of lyrics for the hymn “O come, o come Emmanuel” that gets rid of the supersessionism typically embedded therein. You can find the alternative lyrics a...

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      December 13, 2015

    • Where is the love?

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      Where is the love?

      I’ve loved this song since it first came out nearly nine years ago. I think it’s even more pertinent today:

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      December 13, 2015

    • #4thprecinctshutdown

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      #4thprecinctshutdown

      It’s been a crazy powerful, deeply enraging, painfully loving two weeks here in the Twin Cities. On November 15th 24 year old Jamar Clark was shot by police, and eventually died. The details of what happened are still not clear — was he in handcuffs when he was shot? — but it has sparked an enc...

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      December 4, 2015

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