The Politics of Scapegoating (John 12:20-33)

              The politics of Scapegoating or “Scapegoating, Treyvon Martin and Seeds Falling” // The message I gave on March 25, 2012 (John 12:20-33) _Headlines of a Scapegoat There are a lot of things happening that have caught my attention in the news recently: One of the recent news piecesContinue reading “The Politics of Scapegoating (John 12:20-33)”

We Must Awaken to Hope…

We must awaken to hope, resisting the temptation to despair that history cannot be any different, that another world is not in fact possible. Here we must remember our sisters Shiphrah and Purah [Hebrew midwives who disobeyed the king of Egypt] and all who have danced defiantly in their footsteps through the ages – womenContinue reading “We Must Awaken to Hope…”

They Have Threatened Us With Resurrection (1980) By Julia Esquivel

A powerful and challenging poem I came across this week. They Have Threatened Us With Resurrection (1980) by Julia Esquivel; translated by Ann Woehrle It isn’t the noise in the streets that keeps us from resting, my friend, nor is it the shouts of the young people coming out drunk from the “St. Pauli,” norContinue reading “They Have Threatened Us With Resurrection (1980) By Julia Esquivel”

Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) Second Edition

 There’s a new edition of the Historical Dictionary of Friends, which I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to write two articles for: one on convergent Friends and one on Freedom Friends Church. The Dictionary is especially helpful for those working on academic areas of Quakerism, though it would be nice to have something likeContinue reading “Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers) Second Edition”

To Change the World Enough by Alice Walker

To change the world enough you must cease to be afraid of the poor. We experience your fear as the least pardonable of humiliations; in the past it has sent us scurrying off daunted and ashamed into the shadows. Now, the world ending the only one all of us have known we seek the sameContinue reading “To Change the World Enough by Alice Walker”