At 16, when I left the Jehovah's Witness religion, I made a scrapbook full of things I wanted to celebrate and do when I was an adult and had my own life. Cut and pasted magazine clippings for holiday parties and pink frosted birthday cakes were plastered on every page.
We are honored to be part of the new beginning of resettlement for this family -- these new neighbors -- here in Southern California. Living out God's values of love, justice and compassion is part of what it means to be a member of All Saints Church.
(DISCLAIMER: This is the most hate-filled post I will ever write. But it is a topic that needs addressing.) "You're a sociopath! You're a fraud! Good...
After being persecuted by those who feared him, Jesus, a refugee himself, leaves us with a final commandment: "Love one another as I have loved you." Is closing our borders to thousands of refugees an expression of His love?
Dear Ones, You are BELOVED. Parisians and Pakistanis. Refugees and Racists. Christians and Muslims. Politicians and Peacekeepers. You are BELOVED. B...
One response in one corner of the world came on Sunday, November 15 in the form of a service of words and music by Muslims, Christians and Jews at San Francisco's Calvary Presbyterian Church which this writer was fortunate to attend. It is, in all probability, exemplary of other responses across the planet.
For those of us who are Christians, every Sunday we raise our hands and loudly proclaim our allegiance to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who was once a Middle Eastern refugee fleeing violent persecution.
The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."
Does being Christian make us kinder to our partners? More willing to forgive when we are wronged? Opposed to revenge? Unwilling to use violence, whether physical or verbal? Do we stand up for civil and human rights in our communities?
I think Jesus reminds me of this because the world will not be transformed by digging deeper ditches and filling them with more toxic sewage of hate. The world has traveled this route, nearly to its ruin.
The Paris attacks reignited an argument we have been having for a long time. Religion, particularly when twinned with nationalism, is to blame for division, terrorism, violence and war. Not just Islam. Religion. And I agree. True faith consists of one thing and one thing only: love.
What is it about this particular threat that gives it such inordinate emotional power, far beyond the danger that it actually poses to most of us. Why does terrorism terrorize?
I tried to write about what I thought the Starbucks red cup controversy was about, but I decided to express it with a drawing instead.
It is apparent that there is a politics of empathy and grief in the West; empathy and related emotions have fallen victim to Orientalism that refuses to acknowledge the dignity, respect, and worth of the persons slaughtered on an all fronts.
Grounded in that soil -- in that sacrament -- there is no "other:" and so we are liberated to rise to the challenge of overcoming the toxic narrative of "otherness" with a new narrative of respect for the dignity of every single human being.
We've read the accounts of French women embracing one another in the streets, regardless of religion, race or creed, united by tragedy. May this letter be our embrace.