far too often, the ‘progressive’ definition of inclusion is merely a new form of segregation.
if you didn’t catch this brilliant, unscripted social commentary from ‘comedian’ (read: cultural critic) jon stewart, here’s your chance. take 5 minutes.
what do you think?
‘As I engage in private conversations with pastors across the country, many admit they have chosen to dig in their heels on homosexuality not as a result of careful study or reflection of the biblical text but out of fear,” explains Michael Kimpan…
He adds that some pastors have a “fear that their congregation will split—as many have—and revenues in the form of tithes from conservative families will be lost, fear of being deemed heretical and losing their denominational affiliation and accreditation, and fear of losing their 401(k) as a result.’
– TIME magazine, January 26th 2015 print edition
even the image is offensive.
the emotions brought to the surface of any level headed person by the above symbol for the nazi party, the swastika, are uncomfortable to say the least. under this banner an estimated 11 million people were murdered during the holocaust (including 1.1 million children).
the post-world war ii german law code actually prohibits its use or display in any form or fashion – even if used sarcastically, including its use as part of an anti-nazi political statement.
outside of conversations surrounding genocide, delusions of racial superiority or totalitarian regimes and ideologies, comparisons to the nazi party, hitler or anything even remotely related to the third reich are out of place. they serve as an attempt to articulate the ultimate expression of evil. usually, it’s quite a stretch – and pretty unnecessary. more often than not, the individual making the comparison tends to lose their argument along with their credibility as it is interpreted as inappropriate, unwarranted and hyperbolic.
put simply, it’s in bad form. and it’s not ok.
the question is this ::
‘how do we oppose exclusion without excluding the excluders?’
on days that i can’t take the time to write a proper blog post (whatever that means), i’ll often ‘cheat’ and simply post a quote – but unfortunately, the ‘quote’ feature of a published post on WordPress (which i use on the backend of this site) doesn’t permit either comments or sharing as a feature.
so today, i’m cheating on both fronts – sharing a quote i suspect may be a thought-provoking conversation surrounding tribalism, exclusivity and the sacred – and the inherent limitations on the way we think about these things :: Continue Reading…
‘in the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you.’
recently at a conference on christ-centered community organizing and inclusion, i was slated to follow one of the most proven, knowledgable and articulate individuals in that space – christian leader and social activist, steve chalke. it’s only due to steve’s remarkably charming personality and down-to-earth engagement with me as a friend over his four day visit that i was able to keep from catching a nasty case of pre-speaking nerves.
as i stepped in front of the microphone in front of an intimately gathered crowd of community leaders in our chicago venue, i declared,
i seem to have a knack for finding myself in spaces and around people where i wonder if i really belong.
i then told the following story :: Continue Reading…
great thing about telling the truth is,
you don’t have to worry about keeping your story straight.
guess truth really does set you free.
some exciting changes taking place…
as most of my readers are aware, the past two years have enabled me to participate in some wonderful work as the executive director at The Marin Foundation. over that time i’ve been able to work with political leaders, pastors and culturally competent individuals to actively encourage and facilitate peaceful and productive dialogue at the intersection of faith, gender and sexuality. it has been a great honor to work toward reconciliation in spaces that are too often defined by polarized, back-and-forth, win/lose rhetoric.
while i still wholeheartedly support both the work and mission of The Marin Foundation – as well as its staff here in chicago – it has become apparent in recent months that it is time for me to move on and continue to expand that great work elsewhere, in addition to pursuing my passion surrounding inter-faith dialogue and the ever-unfolding story of God’s good news for all people.
in coming weeks i’ll be making official announcements regarding the new opportunities to promote a just and generous expression of the faith within various spaces, and i’m genuinely excited to do so. one organization i will be partnering with is Convergence and their efforts to work with progressive evangelicals – which you can learn more about here.
i will also be partnering with a number of other friends and organizations that are doing similar work, ranging from hyper-local community activism to global initiatives collaborating for the common good as we address concerns in the areas of peace, poverty and our planet. stay tuned here on my blog for more in coming weeks.
i’m grateful for the tremendous support my readers given to me and this important work, and for your continued friendship and engagement in thoughtful conversation with the purpose of inspiring intentional movement toward the Other. each of these ingredients are essential for the flourishing of what i believe to be the future of christianity – an expression of imitating the life, examples and teachings of the jesus we claim to follow.