I want to make it very clear that I do believe that Jesus was the Divine Son of God, but I’m a little concerned that institutional Christianity has made the sideshow into the main stage. At my CLC meeting this week, our leader began with an understanding of the Resurrection that I’ve heard countless times: “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for,” he said, “Without the Resurrection, our faith is a sham.” I get it, but I’m done picking up what he’s putting down. Throughout the whole meeting we talked about the Resurrection, and I couldn’t come up with even one thought to share.
I’ve always had a tough time with Christmas. Growing up, I felt that capitalism and Christianity were deeply incompatible, so I think I was looking for excuses to bash the ultimate example of capitalism’s perversion of my faith. I complained about it for a million different reasons: We don’t know exactly when Jesus was born, but we pretty much know that it wasn’t on December 25 (or at least the odds are 1:365.4); Christmas was really a pagan holiday that the early Imperial Church invented; Christmas isn’t even important to Jesus’ ministry or death and resurrection.
Complaints about capitalism aside, I’ve made my peace with Christmas. After a lot of prayer, I think Jesus actually wants us to celebrate Christmas precisely because it’s not about him—it’s about us! Continue reading
I’m terrified that future generations of Americans aren’t going to have adequate health care. I just watched the video of what happened at the recent Health Care Town Hall Meeting in Florida. In case you haven’t seen it…
It is hard to believe that we’ve only been at this for a year. We’ve achieved an amazing amount in such little time. We’ve had thousands more viewers than we could have imagined. More importantly, we’ve built a community of all-volunteer writers and commentators who are finding another way to be church. Most astoundingly, we’ve achieved the goals we set out for ourselves in the beginning. In fact, we’re having trouble figuring out what to do with all the success.
Have you heard that Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, WI recently fired Ruth Kolpack, the Pastoral Associate of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Beloit, after she gave 35 years of service to the parish? Her termination was apparently based on a series of anonymous letters and her 2003 Masters of Divinity Thesis about the use of inclusive language in Church services. Continue reading
I apologize, in advance, for the somewhat misleading title of this post. It just didn’t seem appropriate to write something called “What Economy Would Jesus Stimulate?”
Tomorrow, all eyes will be on Barack Obama as he takes his inauguration oath and becomes the forty-fourth President of the United States. Beyond the obvious historical significance of this inauguration and the collective sigh of relief that will be released by many in the nation after eight years of President George W. Bush, there will be one topic on everyone’s mind: The Economy. Continue reading
Last week my colleagues and I were assaulted. We’re asking for your help to make it right.
In her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Vice Presidential nominee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
I spent the year after my graduation from Boston College as a Jesuit Volunteer, working as a community organizer at People Organized for Westside Renewal (POWER) in Westside Los Angeles. Now that my volunteer year is over, I am continuing to work as a community organizer with the same great organization.