Monthly Archives: November 2016

Advent#2: No More Injustice

The reading for the second Sunday in Advent is Isaiah 11:1-10, as the prophet envisions a time when injustice is no more. The hallmark of arrogance is injustice–the spirit of partisanship that creates a vested in-group which speaks and acts … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way Through

Athletes use visualization before they perform.  A gymnist sees herself executing her routine.  A golfer sees his put rolling into the hole.  Basketball players mentally trace the trajectory of their free throw into the basket. This is not magic.  It … Continue reading

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Advent #1: No More Arrogance

The Book of Isaiah is the focal Old Testament text for Advent this year, both with respect to the Sunday Lectionary (Revised Common Lectionary) and the Daily Lectionary (Book of Common Prayer).  I will write each Wednesday about the upcoming … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Confrontation

Nonviolence is not a philosophical enterprise even though it draws upon key concepts taught in philosophy. Nonviolence is not abstract even though it has roots in general principles.  Nonviolence is a way of concrete action. Gandhi fasted nonviolence. Pete Seeger … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Love

The Great Convergence Is when mercy and love flow together to become ‘merciful love.’  This is the combination described as ‘hesed’ in the Old Testament and ‘agapĂ©’ in the New Testament.  We describe it as faithful love, steadfast love, never-ending … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Forgiveness

Nonviolence creates the need for forgiveness time and time again.  But what does it mean to forgive someone who has harmed you?  That is the question. Jim Lawson taught that the capacity to forgive was the essence of a nonviolent … Continue reading

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Year of Mercy: Mercy and Hope

Mercy and hope unite to create the realization that God sees us differently than others see us–sees us differently than we may even see ourselves.  God sees us as beloved children. Henri Nouwen made this one of his major emphases, … Continue reading

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