Reading the Bible with Empathy

Reading the Bible with Empathy – A Methodology This method is about seeking to enter into the biblical text imaginatively. It seeks to see various experiences and contexts from the character’s point of view, opening up more variety to the interpretations, but also a liberatory framework because these texts were – in most instances –Continue reading “Reading the Bible with Empathy”

The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)

This is the message I gave this past Sunday. _THE B.I.B.L.E. The Bible is, for better or for worse, one of the most influential documents in the history of the Western World. We sit here together in worship this morning largely because of the Bible. Many of us have grown up hearing the stories, memorizingContinue reading “The Company We Keep: Empathy and Reading the Bible Together (Acts 8)”

Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)

Watercolor from John Jay Alvaro Watch it on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/arGhrrsFTxc The Subversive SeedThis week, we saw the shooting of 8 individuals, 6 were Asian-Americans reminding us again of the ongoing and increased racism Asian-Americans and other communities of color have faced in the last year. Maybe unsurprisingly at this point: it was done by a manContinue reading “Systems of Death and the Subversive Seed (John 12:24)”

Nurselog Notes

See the Table of Contents for a full listing of seeds planted in this garden. Hi my name is C Wess Daniels and I’d like to welcome you to my Mind Garden, a public notebook posted here in the spirit of sharing ideas and concepts I am working on and think may be of interestContinue reading “Nurselog Notes”

Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble: Some Spiritual Tools and Tips

This was shared with me from Alexander Levering Kern, graduate of Guilford College and Executive Director Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University. He and his family attends Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Massachusetts. I think you will find it helpful. Please share with others as you see fit. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe some more.Continue reading “Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble: Some Spiritual Tools and Tips”

Poverty, Empire and The Bible: Reading the Bible Off-Center (an online study)

Last night about 35 people from around the Greensboro area gathered at First Friends Meeting to begin a conversation around how we can read and re-read the Bible in ways that not only pays attention to our own privileges and biases we take to the text but the lenses and experiences that the text brings toContinue reading “Poverty, Empire and The Bible: Reading the Bible Off-Center (an online study)”

Moving Deeper Still: Three Roots of Community

How do we go deeper into this community? I have, for most of my life, been someone trying to organize community, bringing people together, and building connections. For a lot of that time, I put emphasis on showing up for one another: presence is key I would say. I got a monumental lesson in presenceContinue reading “Moving Deeper Still: Three Roots of Community”

‘I Am Continually With You’ : A Review of L. Callid Keefe-Perry’s “Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer”

I really enjoyed reading and learning from Callid Keefe-Perry’s new book, “Way to Water.” A photo posted by C. Wess Daniels (@cwessd) on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:41am PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js Church services are poetry from beginning to end; they just are poetry. …Religion is serious poetry — which is not to say religion cannot beContinue reading “‘I Am Continually With You’ : A Review of L. Callid Keefe-Perry’s “Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer””