Originally posted on Brentwood Christian Church:
Well before the tragic events including and surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown began to unfold, we had already planned to begin the next Academy for Faith & Life series on the topic of “Race, Religion and the Dream of a Beloved Community.” Now, of course, it seems all the more pertinent to do so. In this series, we will reflect on the continuing legacy of racism in America — what has often been referred to as “America’s original sin” — as well as the ways we might find solidarity and support in our shared struggle to overcome it. Not only will we gain a deeper understanding of what is meant by phrases such as “white privilege” and “systemic sin/racism,” we will pay attention to the ways in which religion has helped — as well as hindered — the dream of a beloved community built on the biblical dream…
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Originally posted on Helping Kansas City Families:
I’m writing this to you from Ferguson, Missouri.
Our team has been here for days, working with the faith community and local allies in St. Louis, as well as our brothers and sisters at the PICO National Network. The family, the local community, and people of conscience from all around the world are seeking answers and justice.
This week has been one of the hardest I’ve encountered in my decade of organizing.
On Sunday, as local youth conducted a voter registration drive and peaceful families marched down the street in the early evening air, police suddenly charged in hard, firing tear gas and flash grenades. It was completely inappropriate and unnecessary.
People were enveloped by the smoke as the crowd ran, and some brave young people stopped to help others get to safety, even though they were being burned by the gas.
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“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words from the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Oh, priceless scholarship, what would we do without you? Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.”
- Soren Kierkegaard
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Very much looking forward to the Craigville Theological Colloquy this week focusing on ecology, theology and creation. Will be posting several updates via Facebook as the week goes by…