Archive for November, 2007

In Baltimore, Red Emma’s anarchist collective and St. John’s United Methodist Church have been operating under the same roof. The cooperation came as both groups were struggling to survive. St. John’s was thinking of closing it’s doors due to it’s dwindling finances, and Red Emma’s had grown out of it’s space. The collective had hosted larger events at the church before which had established a connection between the groups. As the individual struggles of each widened, they both noticed the unique opportunity of partnering together. The unlikely happened as the two groups formed a collective non-profit named 2460- after the address of the building. “We get along really well,” Byrne said. “In terms of where we want to see things going, we haven’t had one disagreement yet.”

This partnership is more encouraging to me than typed words can describe.

“There are not many churches that would reach out to a bunch of crazy anarchists, and there are not many anarchists that would reach out to a bunch of crazy Methodists.”

read the article on Infoshop News

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The Southeastern cohorts of Emergent will be putting on a conference consisting of teach-ins, workshops, speakers, and as with all Emergent gatherings- good conversation. The conference is titled, A Sustainable Faith: A Simpler Way to do Faith, Spirituality and Life, and will be held in St. Pete on Feb 2nd and 3rd.

The three speakers will be Shane Claiborne, Tim Keel, and Frank Viola. These are all amazing people, yet Emergent gatherings focus more on discussion and conversation than speaking and teaching.

This should be a good one.

Last weekend, thousands gathered in Georiga to protest the School of the America (SOA), a military training camp for Latin American terrorists that is based here in the States. For more go to soaw.org

I cant embed the video here for some reason, so follow this link to view it.

peace

Free Videos for Everyone!

Posted: November 18, 2007 in activism

I have only recently been discovering how amazing YouTube, Google Videos and all those free video posting sites are. There are so many more movies, documentaries, news clips, etc. posted than I really expected. I suppose I am quite behind on the phenomenon, so there’s no need for me to go on.

I have posted links to some decent videos on Anarchism. Look to the right column of links on this page.

enjoy.

Lessons with Screeching Weasel

Posted: November 14, 2007 in FUN

I’ve thought about posting a bunch of song lyrics by Screeching Weasel because their songs are so profound and so incredibly relevant. Screeching Weasel was a punk band that started in the mid-80’s. Give the lyrics a read and then go find the songs and listen to them.

The Science of Myth

If you’ve ever question beliefs that you hold you’re not alone
but you oughtta realize that every myth is a metaphor
in the case of christianity and judaism there exist the belief that
spiritual matters are enslaved to history
the buddhists believe that the functional aspects override the myth
while other religions use the literal core to build foundations with
half the world sees the myth as fact while it’s seen as a lie by the other half
and the simple truth is that it’s none of that
and somehow no matter what the world keeps turning
somehow we get by without ever learning
science and religion are not mutually exclusive
in fact for better understanding we take the facts of science and apply them
and if both factors keep evolving then we continue getting information but closing off possibilities
making it harder to see the bigger picture
consider the case of the women whose faith helped her make it through when she was raped and cut up left for dead in a trunk
her beliefs held true it doesn’t matter if it’s real or not
cause some things are better left without a doubt
and if it works then it gets the job done
somehow no matter what the world keeps turning

My Own World
I know the sun I’m looking at
is the same sun seen by the whole world
and that’s a fact
But no one sees it quite the same
some don’t see the sun at all and that’s a shame

I know the lies I’m looking at
are the same lies accepted by the world as fact
But I don’t see things quite that way
And I refuse to hide here from another day…

I know the sun I’m looking at
is the same sun seen by the world
and that’s a fact
But no one sees it quite the same
and some don’t see the sun at all and that’s a shame

And that’s a shame
And that’s a shame

Yes, Pat Robertson, the televangelist who has made outrageous statements about the U.S. deserving the 9/11 attacks because all the  of "gays" in America, has "come out" as a supporter of Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani is a Republican, yet a supporter of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. What is Robertson thinking? It’s fascinating actually. Robertson thinks that if Giuliani wins, then it will (at least) keep Hillary Clinton out of office. Remember the ruthless statements Robertson made against Bill Clinton after his slip-up? Well, them Democrats just ain’t gonna get back in that White House, so he’s going to back a three-times-married, pro-gay, pro-abortion rights Republican just to make sure of it.

What does this mean? Well, Robertson (along with the deceased Falwell and other major figures of the Religious Right) have successfully pulled the  votes in the direction of the Republicans in recent elections. They have harped on personal moral choices, specifically rights for LGBTQ people and reproductive rights, to draw in the conservative evangelical vote. But this time around it may be a little (or a lot) different. Robertson is NOT backed by all those in the Religious Right. In fact, some have committed to not voting if Giuliani is the Republican Candidate. So we’ll see. But I kinda think that the Democrats have a pretty good chance this time around.

We all hate this bipolar, us-against-them system of politics in our country- a system in which the majority wins. Those with the power and money rally in every way (whether moral or not) to gain a majority on their side. Let’s not forget that peace and justice will NOT be realized through bipartisan political means. Democracy is great for the majority, but as history has shown, the majority is usually not the ones who should have the power. So even with this hopeful election coming up, let us not stop striving for peace and justice in our own lives and communities, and in our own ways.

peace

The Universality of Singularity

Posted: November 3, 2007 in theology

During the 2007 Philosophical Conversation hosted by Emergent, Richard Kearney made a comment in response to a question about the unique universality of Christianity that I think is worth sharing.

“I want to emphatically affirm the uniqueness of Christianity- emphatically, but I want to say this about the relationship between uniqueness and universality… [Jesus] gives himself away in universal service- not just to the Jews, not just to his own group… but to everyone- first to the Samaritans, then beyond the Samaritan to other heretics and outsiders. Through the act of infinite translatability in praxis and in languages- the translation of Hebrew and Aramaic into Latin and Greek and every vernacular ever since… These great acts of translation serve as unique transmission of a unique message to a universal world. I don’t want to give up on the universal at all, but I want to affirm it’s unique source in Christianity.”

To get the whole idea of what was said, listen to the podcasted transmission of the conversation. It can be found on the Emergent site. The quote above is from part 2 of Session 3.

peace