This Saturday, May 11, the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD, unveiled the sculptures that we donated in memory of Bill Callahan, co-founder of the Quixote Center and the embodiment of Don Quixote. Dan Walsh, of Fire Knife Studio, created these sculptures in 1996. Originally situated in front of the “old yellow tugboat” of a house that the Quixote Center inhabited on Varnum Street in Brentwood, MD, they were re-installed here when the Quixote Center relocated in 2011.… (Read the Rest)
These blessings were written by the students of the Servant Leadership School’s Winter 2013 Food, Faith, and Justice class. It was a blessing to co-facilitate this class and explore a christian spirituality of food together.
A Grace Before Sharing a Meal
Let all gathered hold hands and pray this blessing:
Thank you God for the hands that we hold and for all hands joined together;
Thank you for the sun, soil, rain, and all creation You have made, from which we draw life;
Thank you for all who have worked to plant, harvest, prepare, and cook the food we are about to share, nourishing our whole selves and our life together;
We pray for Your healing touch for all who are hungry, alone, and suffering;
We lament the harm we have brought to natural systems of water and soil, and to the whole sacred world You have made;
We confess the suffering we have caused in our relationships, praying especially for those who labor as migrant workers, and for countless animals who are neglected and abused;
Dear God, restore us to Your harmony, to right relationships of love and justice, that we may be the people You call us to be.… (Read the Rest)
On February 5th, I had the opportunity to lead a delegation in support of cafeteria workers who are asking to be able to cook real foods again. We delivered 1600 pledges signed by community members to Sodexo, a multinational corporation that contracts dining at Howard University.
With rising food prices, money doesn’t buy fresh fruits and veggies the way it used to.… (Read the Rest)
To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, is is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration…in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want.… (Read the Rest)
By Jeremy John
Bill McKibben writes that oil companies have, on their books, enough oil to create at 18 degree (Farenheit) increase in global temperature. Wow. That’s just what we’re planning to burn. If you haven’t, go read his article. Post it to Facebook and Twitter, and then come back here.… (Read the Rest)
By Jeremy John
Micah Bales asked a deep question. He suggests that the wealth in property we’ve inherited is hindering our work for social justice. He talks provocatively (as a spiritual challenge, he clarifies) about “burning the meetinghouse.” He asks, “What would happen if we put the movement of the Spirit ahead of property management?”
As I passed churches the other day I asked myself, “If there are so many churches in America, why does America look so unlike the Kingdom of God?… (Read the Rest)
At Wild Goose, I was humbled to be among justice-seeking Christians seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
I see a deep connection between the personal practice of simple living and activism for social change. While I struggle to live justly, particularly in my everyday purchasing decisions (as Julie Clawson advises!), I often don’t live as simply as I could.… (Read the Rest)
By Jeremy John
My generation is a practical generation, and I am challenged by my faith to be a practical person. Don’t get me wrong: I love all verbal and theological things: story, theology, politics, and history, perhaps even inordinately.
But I believe in places. I believe that relationships, rooted in love, transform us.… (Read the Rest)
By Jeremy John, Originally published in Justice Unbound.
“The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.” — Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination
I do not know how to be a pastor. I’m an organizer.… (Read the Rest)