‘nationalism is a religion and war is its liturgy.’

— stanely hauerwas

forgiveness

forgiveness is a forward movement – an acknowledgment that we are all connected in the great stream of collective conscious; that every word, thought and deed we choose to express not only affects our own world, but the world of those around us.

the same is true for the ways in which others engage in the world – it has practical implications for each of our lives, and oftentimes becomes a source of bitterness, fear or disappointment.

it is oftentimes difficult to move past the hurt caused by others who’ve hurt and betrayed you, as well as forgiving one’s self for either allowing or causing suffering to others.

at least in my life, there’s a lot to forgive. Continue Reading…

the blend.

mjkimpan  —  February 15, 2017 — Leave a comment

theblendblog

 

The Blend is one project within the scope of (un)common good collective launching this summer in chicago –

Here we believe that Love is Love; No Human is Illegal; Black Lives Matter; Science is Real; Women’s Rights are Human Rights; Water is Life; and Kindness is Everything.

Despite the current socio-political and cultural climate along with the increased exclusionary rhetoric stemming from the religious right claiming there is an angry God figure demanding conversion and conformity under the threat of eternal damnation, we are convinced the collective human consciousness is inching ever-closer toward an understanding of our differences and diversity serving as a reflection and expression of the divine image in each of one us, regardless of our faith and family background. 

We are together in this.

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‘for dialogue to be fruitful, we need to live deeply our own tradition and, at the same time, listen deeply to others.’

–thích nhất hạnh

blind pharisees.

mjkimpan  —  February 2, 2017 — Leave a comment

pharisee

earlier this week, an old friend forwarded me a link stating that newly elected, eccentric and quite energetic president Trump promised he’d uphold previous presidential orders protecting LGBT federal workers.

while many of my pastoral colleagues applauded this move (and more than a few folks in my Boystown neighborhood breathed a sigh of relief), it appears those sentiments may have been premature.

in response, i confessed i wasn’t entirely trusting the president would uphold his promise – not just because he’s proven himself to be a pathological liar, but equally because of his engagement with the evangelical right throughout the campaign and election process.

he’s made some promises to them, too…a bit of a quid pro quo.

<if i were more tech savvy, i’d have a silence of the lambs GIF here.> Continue Reading…

‘i don’t preach a social gospel; i preach the gospel, period. the gospel of jesus christ is concerned for the whole person.’

– desmond tutu

tunnel rats.

mjkimpan  —  January 28, 2017 — Leave a comment

tunnelrat

donald trump has only been in the White House for a week.

there’s no doubt the man and his team of worker-bees have been busy – the whole country is abuzz with either anxiety or excitement, depending on which side of this deeply divided socio-political environment one falls.

in his first week in the oval office, the Trump administration reignited his self-started war with the press, installed a portrait of andrew jackson in the oval office (this is significant) regurgitated a thoroughly debunked theory of widespread voter fraud in last month’s election (thus paving the way for even more extreme voter suppression – specifically in the south), made some inaccurate comments on torture he was forced to walk back, met with our ‘strongest ally’ in the first visit from a foreign leader since the inauguration, and tomorrow will chat it up by phone with his buddy vladimir putin.

from russia, with love.

in just seven short days Trump has signed almost as many executive orders (which can be read here – updated daily). among other things, these specifically single out muslim countries and vaguely propose ‘extreme vetting‘ of refugees, officially prioritized one religion (christianity) over all others, green-lighted a wall we can’t afford and promised to publish a weekly list of crimes of immigrants, further inciting alienation along ethnic lines in a nation already ripe with racial division. Continue Reading…

‘the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.’

– sun tzu, art of war

smoke signals.

mjkimpan  —  January 20, 2017 — Leave a comment

smoke signals

i absolutely love where i live, and truly do enjoy the work in which i engage. both happen from the LGBTQ ‘Boystown’ neighborhood in chicago, which has served as my home over the past several years as i’ve partnered with various individuals and organizations to build a better world through what i’ve dubbed our (un)common good collective.

chicago may be home for now, but as one friend told me today – ‘when home is inside of you, You can go anywhere.

as 2017 begins i’m thrilled to begin releasing a bit more information around the creation of that Organization, delving deeper into its proposed purpose, and introducing several new projects and partners as this new year takes shape after january 20th.

over the past seven years i’ve both strategically and intentionally worked within a select set of specific spaces – most notably (and publicly) at the intersection of faith/gender/sexuality and politics (and more specifically, deep within the belly of the beast – traditionally conservative and moderate christian churches and leaders engaging that discussion, and their much-needed shift toward equality and advocacy for marginalized people (along with the theological, idealogical and practical implications thereof).

the fact of the matter is that’s just a portion of my work, to which i’ve dedicated my efforts to since 2009.

it was then that a slough of terribly misguided religious leaders met in NYC and further paved the way for the absurdity in which we now find ourselves – a well-organized movement of pharisaical faith leaders actively seeking to systematically defend an institutionalized oppression of those they deem to be ‘Other.’

as i’ve said before – time and time again – that doesn’t look very much like jesus.

the religious and socio-political disconnect expressed in nearly every division in this country and around the globe is merely symptomatic of a much deeper issue – that of Groupishness. i’ve additionally acknowledged that it’s particularly difficult at times like these to not demonize and dehumanize our so-called Other.

in today’s hyper-connected and intersectional world (and even more so with the incoming administration and its partisan support in both the house and senate; empty seats on the supreme court and all the rest) the Work to which i’ve dedicated my life has required diligence, intelligence, patience and vigilance.
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‘capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.’

— alphonse capone