Embracing Interdependence

Embracing Interdependence

Walter Brueggemann is a favorite theologian and I’ve been working my way through his book of daily lenten devotions, A Way Other Than Our Own.  “The summons of Lent,” says Brueggemann, is to “bear new fruit by doing what is in sync with God.” What does it mean to be...
Hidden Wounds, Hidden Gifts

Hidden Wounds, Hidden Gifts

About four years ago, I was flipping through books in a church library during a break from choir rehearsal.  These words made me stop flipping: I believe that many – perhaps all – of our gifts may be understood in terms of our suffering. The relation is simple: if we...
Enemy Images Be Gone From Me

Enemy Images Be Gone From Me

When the most recent issue of Tikkun magazine arrived, I opened it immediately eager to read the editorial by Rabbi Michael Lerner, “Overcoming Trumpism: A New Strategy for Progressives.” It isn’t what I expected. It isn’t about the psychopathology of Donald...

Remarkability

REMARKABLE: adjective. re·mark·able \ri-ˈmär-kə-bəl\ worthy of being or likely to be noticed especially as being uncommon or extraordinary
 Let me see if I can tell this story, as plainly as possible, because it is remarkable: Over a month ago there was a Black Lives...
This is War

This is War

Police sirens. That is what I heard last night as I drifted off to sleep wondering who, who, who is in trouble? Who is being chased or protected or not? This morning, more sirens. Part of the background noise of my neighborhood. Like the trains going by, the traffic,...
Feeling Powerless

Feeling Powerless

Brexit. Trump. The West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline. Israel/Palestine. Gun control. Orlando. Orlando. Orlando. As it does often enough, it feels like the world is swallowing itself. And there’s one thing I’ve noticed in what people are saying about what’s going on...