Feminist and poet. Songs of freedom, whispers of another way.
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- Oscar Romero: God wants to save us in a people. He does not want to save us in isolation. And so today's church more than ever is accentuating
- David J. Linden: "Human societies strictly regulate pleasurable activities, and most have a concept of vice that’s applied to unregulated
- William T. Cavanaugh: The ﬁrst conclusion is that there is no such thing as a transhistorical or transcultural “religion” that is essentially separate
- Czeslaw Milosz: My Intention "I am here. Those three words contain all that can be said--you begin with those words and you return to them. Here
|Fundamentalism makes Scripture into a function-machine that eats people in order to figure out if they're saved. http://t.co/5ImsUheHSE — 4 hours 55 min ago|
|"Noah, Magic, and Poetry: What is a Christian?" http://t.co/5ImsUheHSE — 23 hours 37 min ago|
|Just finished illuminating the "S." From an old choir book. http://t.co/LZL1fj6c4j — 1 week 4 days ago|
|RT @kellymoltzen: So glad to hear Grow Your Own Farm-to-Table fundraiser was a success! http://t.co/CgIOrFkpIB via @glassdimly — 2 weeks 2 hours ago|
|…at least our imaginations are safe. #heartbleed #xkcd http://t.co/x9xtqxEpy3 — 2 weeks 2 hours ago|
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The Occupy Wall Street Movement as the Body of Christ
It is difficult for individualist-minded Christians to join a populist movement. This is because we want to intellectually assent, as we would to articles of faith, to the intellectual propositions of Occupy Wall Street. But popular movements are living, breathing entities.
When we join a political movement, like when we join the church, we gain brothers and sisters we are sometimes ashamed of. There are missionaries who we dislike, dogmas and creeds that we disagree with. But we are still part of the church, following Christ, for better of for worse.
The role of the church in this crisis is that of the tireless advocate for those who are marginalized by these political processes. It is in that role that we are most faithfully following Christ in the world, among his favorites, the oppressed.
Popular movements say to us, as Jesus does, "Come, follow me." When we do this with a movement by the poor, for the poor, we become part of Christ's own body.
Occupy Wall Street is a populist movement started by those who are marginalized by the system, the unemployed, and it is our job to follow their lead. Through participation, we will shape its direction.
We do not have a program which can be codified into a DC-friendly house resolution. And I hope to God that we never will. Occupy Wall Street is the raw expression of a nascent political discontent in our country surrounding the excessive influence of corporate money on the political process, whose most flagrant expression was the $400 billion+ bailout.
Let's be clear, corporations have offered their teats, but it is the politicians that have come to drink. Politicians need to be weaned from corporate teat so that they can walk upright, as adults and providers, and look the American people, their children, in the eye again.
So shall we occupy DC or occupy Wall Street? The answer: both. But let's remember that the reason for our occupation is the fact that our politicians are suborned by corporate moneys.
Let's not get distracted by quibbling over where we should occupy or who is to blame. There is room for all of this in the broader movement which will frame the American political landscape for the next several years. The problem is more complex than any burgeoning political movement can articlulate.
And the church will be, in the words of another era, either on or off the bus.