‘you talk when you cease to be
at peace with your thoughts.’
–khalil gibran, the prophet
‘you talk when you cease to be
this is controversial.
today, artist/blogger nakedpastor (david hayward) created a piece titled, ‘new Christ icon: “Neither” … neither male nor female’
the artwork is based upon st. paul’s exclamation in galatians 3:28 ::
‘there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in christ jesus’
the artist acknowledges that jesus was clearly a male – and as one commenter on his site suggested,
‘David is not trying to say Jesus was hermaphroditic. Jesus fully represented God in all God’s qualities, hence displaying attributes both male and female. That was a radical concept then and now as a patriachal society did not like it’s presumptions challenged.’
still, there were others who found the image offensive, even heretical.
what about you? what do you think?
don’t just tell me you’re a christian by having the ‘right’ doctrine.
show me you’re a christian
by how you love your neighbor –
the marginalized, the Other.
it was our team’s honor to be featured in HalfStack Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue on Empowerment.
previous to the photoshoot shown above by alluring chicago and the magazine staff, i personally had the opportunity to do an extensive interview with the magazine’s editor, jennifer lezan.
below are some highlights from that interview and the article :: Continue Reading…
‘peace among the world’s religions is a precondition for world peace.’
— swami agnivesh
@DennyBurk this is deplorable.
— michael j. kimpan (@michaeljkimpan) June 11, 2014
yesterday, at the opening of their annual national convention, the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest protestant denomination in the country) overwhelmingly approved a resolution titled ‘On Transgender Identity.’
‘every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.’
— pablo picasso
here we go again.
in an article on his website entitled, ‘There is No ‘Third Way,’ president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention) al mohler articulated serious doubt that any church, religious organization, or even an individual could engage in conversations surrounding faith and sexuality in a balanced and nuanced way, without coming down firmly as for or against same sex marriage and relationships.
hasn’t al ever heard of The Marin Foundation?
‘an eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.’
this blog was originally featured on The Marin Foundation’s patheos blog.
in recent posts on my personal blog, i’ve explored the ways in which provocative questions surrounding peaceful and productive interfaith dialogue can help lead christians toward acting like (i.e., following) jesus in new and exciting ways, rather than perpetuating the disturbing competition with and condemnation of those who follow other faith traditions. monumental in helping formulate any articulation of the importance of standing in solidarity with the so-called ‘Other’ is the work of brian mclaren – particularly his book Why Did Jesus, Mosess, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and the subsequent significant conversations he and i shared in the aftermath of its release.
it seems to me that the trans-cultural and trans-generational principles adopted by The Marin Foundation in our work of building bridges between the LGBT and conservative communities parallel in many ways – and can perhaps even inform our moving forward in – many other conflicts between opposing worldviews. this may be particularly true in those areas in which faith and politics intersect.
one such area – and one with great need of peacemakers and bridge builders – is the Middle East.