"Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution." — George Jackson … Continue reading Crucifying Christian Fellowship to Follow Christ in the Masses
Early Quakers were radicalized by the Spirit's confrontation. They may have stumbled into a meeting for worship and experienced the tangible presence of God stirring up holy chaos, causing trembling, shouting, prophecy, and healing. In the thrill of communal silence, they would encounter the living God shining upon their heart - exposing their sin and imbuing … Continue reading A Quaker[ish] Insurrection: Follow the Spirit & Betray the Church
The Friendly Fire Collective has a diversity of perspectives on the institutional church. There are non-Christians among us who don't find much need to talk about "the church," but there are also a number of us who are to some degree church abolitionist, as well as others who hold a more theologically orthodox understanding of … Continue reading Tear Down the Mighty, Tear Down the Church
It is right to call the Church fallen, old wineskins, apostate even, not hearing the Spirit, not doing Christ's work, not even knowing God herself, corrupt from the inside and out, molded by the god of this world, built to serve power, deserving of God's fiercest judgment - and it is right to act like … Continue reading What Is to Be Done?
Power has a way of co-opting the subversive for its own stability. The teachings of Jesus, an anti-imperialist prophet, included. Within a few centuries, Christ's communities of holy fools and prophets ossified into a vehicle of imperial power, playing a vital role in historical and contemporary colonialism. Today, Christian institutions are globally advocating for right-wing … Continue reading The emerging vision of Friendly Fire