In the season of July 4th, countless apostate churches across the so-called U.S. will honor empire this Sunday. To those churches, we declare Isaiah 66 (The Message): Your acts of worship are acts of sin: Your sacrificial slaughter of the ox is no different from murdering the neighbor; Your offerings for worship, no different from … Continue reading God’s Word to the Churches of Empire
From Quaker Insurrection on facebook, referencing the upcoming ICE round-up of families: What is the point of an hour a week in silence? To nourish our spirits? To sustain a sense of community? To have a shared ritual? Your messages and vocal ministry, your moments of deep silence, are vile when the Spirit is demanding … Continue reading What is your meeting doing about it?
Not the biggest fan of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, but his March 2019 newsletter had some gems about the uniqueness and importance of communal, "charismatic" prayer: In the Charismatic Renewal, prayer manifests itself in a new form compared to the past: that of a prayer in-group or a group prayer. By taking part in them one … Continue reading Communal, Charismatic Prayer
A poem by Carol Bialock, a Sister in the Society of the Sacred Heart and poet. From her upcoming book, Coral Castles: Give up your separateness. For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for you. Who is crowned queen? You are—and beggar, fool, and clown. That is the sin: to be only your puny … Continue reading The Ultimate Sin by Carol Bialock
Agahi Dede (18th c.) O Righteous one, to me, the tavern and the temple are the same. The sounds of praying and of drunken revelry are the same. Unless you're granted the taste of unity, whether you pray or sit at the tavern it amounts to the same. Leave all your hopeless duality. Whether I … Continue reading The Tavern and the Temple
As much as I believe we can know God within, I really think there is value in both the guides of communal fellowship and teachers/elders. I don’t think these things are authorities on God but instead companions to God. We were made to grow from and with one another—to serve and love one another. That … Continue reading On Knowing God
Kaygusuz Abdal (14th-15th c.) The ocean, the endless sky, the quarry and the gems are in me. Open your eyes, look carefully: both worlds are in me. The spirit and the body, the proof and the evidence, both profit and loss-- the whole marketplace is in me. I am the purpose of mankind, the whirling … Continue reading The Hidden Treasure Is In Me