Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sexual love is the force that in our bodily life connects us most intimately to the Creation.... It brings us into the dance that holds community together and joins it to its place.
Sex Economy, Freedom and Community
Thursday, April 22, 2010
We need to understand that our quality of life depends largely on the quality of our relationships and that our time is better invested in relationships than merely in the creation of material wealth. Doing so will mean foregoing a standard of living that requires unacceptable relational sacrifice.
Dale S. Kuehne
Sex and the iWorld
Master of beauty, craftsman of the snowflake ... endower of Earth so gorgeous & different from the boring Moon, thank you for such as it is my gift ... Unknowable, as I am unknown to my guinea pigs: How can I 'love' you? I only as far as gratitude & awe confidently & absolutely go.
- John Berryman, from his poem "Address to the Lord"
You can find a copy of the complete poem (and some discussion of it) here.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmaat
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Justice is not a goal to be acquired, but it is the gift of God, free and inexplicable, which exists in our life so that our means are not intended to "bring in" justice, but to "manifest" it. Likewise, we have not to force ourselves, with great effort and intelligence, to bring peace upon the earth--we have ourselves to be peaceful, for where there are peacemakers, peace reigns.
The Presence of the Kingdom
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Finding Your Plot in a Plotless World
Friday, April 09, 2010
Stop for one whole day every week, and you will remember what it means to be created in the image of God, who rested on the seventh day not from weariness but from complete freedom. The clear promise is that those who rest like God find themselves free like God, no longer slaves to the thousand compulsions that send others rushing toward their graves.
- Barbara Brown Taylor, from her book Leaving Church
Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma
"This is what we are about" in catapult magazine
Thursday, April 08, 2010
We have longed to taste the resurrection. We have longed to welcome its thunders and quakes, and to echo its great gifts. We want to test the resurrection in our bones. We want to see if we might live in hope instead of in the ... twilight thicket of cultural despair in which ... many are lost.
- Daniel Berrigan, Catholic priest and peace activist
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The resurrection is in part about the sheer toughness and persistence of God’s love. When we have done our worst, God remains God -- and remains committed to being our God. God was God even while God in human flesh was dying in anguish on the cross; God is God now in the new life of Jesus raised from death.
- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, from his book Tokens of Trust
"Do the Right Thing" from Killing the Buddha