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If I Don’t See You As My Equal

(This is the third installment of a roving monthly synchroblog called “The Spirit of the Poor” that explore the intersections of economic justice, lifestyle change and spiritual wholeness.  Check out all the posts from last month here. This month we’re talking about Affirming the Humanity.  We’d love for you to join the conversation....

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The Lectionary and a Legacy; A Letter To Myself

  “Maybe it’s true that we are all descended from the restless, the nervous, the criminals, the arguers and brawlers, but also the brave and independent and generous.” – Steinbeck The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany   What gaping wounds have you inherited?  What stories have been scabbed over?  What...

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I’m White and It’s Uncomfortable

  I’m surrounded by a world I will never really know.  I will never fear for myself, for my children the way they do. Reading all the books in the world won’t change the color of our skin.  Fear can’t be theorized away. I look at them and wonder what...

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A Tender Thaw

  I’m guest posting for my friend Kelly today on coming alive and how painful it can be.  Here’s a little snippet (and also why I bawled through Frozen).   Be honest.  Be vulnerable.  It’s home group, small group, community group, so it’s safe here.  This is how you build...

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How IHOP Made Me Hate God

It’s all so tangled.  It’s the bordering on financial ruin, the taking ‘handouts’ from the state, but being ignored by the church.  It’s a marriage flirting with collapse and being told not to discuss it. It’s so hard to sort out what is human incompetence, personality differences, normal conflicts in...

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When Civil Disobedience is really Christian Obedience

  “Our hope for creative living lies in our ability to reestablish the spiritual ends of our lives in personal character and social justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been thinking about the question Diana posed last week – why is there so much talk about obedience?  I was...