Archive for May, 2007

On Monday night, CNN will be broadcasting a forum on faith and politics featuring the leading Democratic contenders, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards. The forum will be hosted by Jim Wallis of Sojourners. It’s part of a bigger event that is happening this weekend in Washington called Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets.

I’ll be watching it at my place. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome. Call or e-mail me if you want to come. It should be pretty interesting. I’m under the impression that most of the questions will be related to poverty, immigration reform, tax-cuts, and the “war on terror.”

The broadcast will start at 6:30pm.

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I found two really sweet sites that are dedicated to helping people live more eco-nomically savy through info and resources. I found them on Sites Unseen, an incredibly helpful page with hundreds of links to alternative, progressive, and radical christian sites.

The first is Radical Frugality

this one offers recources and encouragement for radical eco-friendly living and money-saving.

The second is Jubilee 4 Justice

the homepage reads “creating spaces for education advocacy and action”

It offers info on the concept of Sabbath-Jubilee Economics- a biblical, grassroots, local-global alternative to capitalism.

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A poem about me and hardcore

Posted: May 15, 2007 in poetry

Why I (think) I’m still into hardcore.

For me, hardcore isn’t about being trendy… or hard

Punk wasn’t trendy when I was in high school.

I just bought an Elton John album and it is constantly in my stereo.

I get pissy when music is turned up too loud. I’m old (well, 23) and I get headaches constantly.

There are no shows in this town… unless my friends and I book one…

and even if we book one, no one comes

I sometimes feel like that kid who didn’t grow up when I am around grown-ups who are slightly more sophisticated than punk rock and the thug lifestyle

I sometimes take breaks from hardcore… either because I feel like I’m supposed to try growing up…
or because my head hearts

But I always come back…

Not because I want to be trendy or tough or something…

Punk isn’t all that popular in college.

But because I need people to scream into my ear…

to push me out of my apathetic nihilism…

to make me remember that I used to have conviction…

to make me realize that life isn’t over when things get hard…

but that it gets more exciting as it gets more challenging.

I pop in my old Cd’s, listen, and become encouraged to carry on

to face today, tomorrow, forever…

and to know that through rough vocals tainted by poor sound quality, there is some kid, some band, some human being

urging me to carry on…

and making promises to stay around for a while…

-Rusty

it’s a blog… all my posts are "rough"

an untitled poem about life

Posted: May 11, 2007 in poetry

Here is a very rough draft of a poem I am writing. I said rough. Don’t hate…

Sometimes sitting in public places causes something in my soul to rise… to feel… to wonder

Who could I meet?

What conversation could I find myself in?

What could life look like if it were lived in unity… in community?

I long to engage:

to meet people I haven’t met

to discover people, ideas, and thoughts that are foreign to my own

to expand my mind and enter into a deeper communion with humanity.

To listen with trust and feel the beauty of connection

I long to emerge…

Into a being that is strangely unaware of all self-centered concerns

Into a being that is curious to the point of interaction

We are a humanity pulled out of relationship by a surplus of personal concerns and insecurities

Systems of separation

Doctrines of destruction

Biases, Boundaries, Borders …

Oh… that we could be one

Not just in our minds as we plaster coexist stickers on our cars, turn up our U2 albums and drive off into complacency

But in our actions… as we react to uncomfortable situations

In our intentions… as we move forward through the realities of life

In our thoughts… as we encounter things that are foreign to our personalized worldviews

Welcome the stranger…

welcome those who are strange to you,

understanding that you are strange to them

We are all in this together

Walking this path that is too often dimmed by the romanticized illusion that space keeps us safe, sane and satisfied.

Stay your distance

Live your life,

Don’t bother me.

I don’t bother you.

Let’s break out.

Why live with walls,

in boxes

with ideologies and doctrines skillfully crafted to entitle us to our personal space?

Live your life,

But live it with all of us

Together in community,

In communion,

With connection

Don’t stand on your own

This is life…

you have friends here

This is a great interview that I found on theOOZE.com. It’s kind of a primer on post-modernism and on post-modern theology. Interestingly enough, Stanley Grenz has a book called, A Primer on Postmodernism… so you should pick it up if you are left wanting more after you read this. Stanley Grenz is one of my favorite theologians. His books have had a significant effect on my understanding of the Christian faith. Unfortunately, Grenz died in 2005, but his influence and memory live on. 

Check out the interview here.    

Global Warming

Posted: May 1, 2007 in activism

HAPPY MAY DAY…

This is a response to an article from theOOZE.com. Check out the article first here, if you want to better understand my reply. 

I read the letter from James Dobson and his colleagues, and the responses from Wallis and McLaren. I consider myself an eco-activist. If there were levels to eco-activism, I’d probably be considered a beginner, or a seeker, or a strong sympathizer. In other words, it greatly concerns me, and I am slowly reorganizing my life to reflect my attitude.
Two things jumped out at me as I read this article… they struck me enough to actually comment.
In reading the title, I thought that the article might be about intolerance as it relates to global warming. As McLaren, Wallis, and Dobson were mentioned, I was thinking that the article was heading into the direction of addressing the partisan political implications of global warming (especially as an election comes up) and how the emerging church should respond. The article didn’t go into that so much, and that’s cool, but I think it should be addressed…
The church, whether emerging or not, shouldn’t (in my opinion) be partisan in political matters. When only two popular options exist, the either/or complex works it’s magic to divide and exclude. I think the church should have opinions, strong ones even, and that individuals should be involved in a party, but that the church should not collectively be lined with one or the other (implied or spoken).
My second comment is about a sentence in the last paragraph…
“We need to be much more certain of the causes of ‘global warming’ (or even if there is such a thing) before we decide to make the world over into something that could be miserable for many of our planet’s poor and underprivileged.”
I think what was meant by this statement is that a re-structuring of the economic system might cause the poor and underprivileged to be left in the dark. But it is my opinion (hopefully educated) that the global warming activists’ push to re-think the global economic situation and the modern social structure that comes with it is the most hopeful thing that has happened in recent years regarding the poor. I also think that it is the most hopeful thing to happen to the church. The emphasis on cooperation and community (from carpooling to growing food together) and the emphasis on sustainability (or spending money on people/communities/activities instead of environment- harming “things”) seem to be a very positive thing for the poor… and for the rich. I understand the global economic implications of a “war on capitalism.” But I don’t assume that capitalism will collapse and we will all die in poverty (unless of course the global warming prophets have spoken correctly…), so the eco activists are in a sense doing with capitalism what the emerging church is doing with fundamentalism- helping it rethink it’s ideologies.

I appreciate the article… and the thoughts…   happy earth day…  Rusty Poulette