Justice Work
[one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices For Doing Justice, Loving Mercy And Walking Humbly In The World by Kent Annan I met Kent Annan at the end of a long table of new friends back in December. I'd already read one of his previous books, After Shock, and knew him to be a ruthlessly honest and skilled writer. He shared about this forth-coming book, Slow Kingdom Coming. The title alone captivated my imagination. The idea of articulating practices for justice work spoke…
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Leaning Into Lent
Before too long we will wake to Ash Wednesday, bowing our heads and remembering that from dust we came, and to dust we shall return. We will begin a season of reflection and sacrifice. We might fast. We will contemplate again Holy Week, giving ear to Friday and Saturday before we celebrate Sunday. Here are resources I recommend for the Lenten Season. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Borg and Crossan…
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Black History Month Reading
A friend posted this on social media: "White privilege is your history being part of the core curriculum and mine being taught as an elective." I keep thinking about this and know it is true. As a white woman, I need to work harder to listen to the black communal wisdom. I need to seek out testimonies of their history, too often sequestered to elective classes, small publishing houses and neighborhoods unknown to me. February is Black History Month. I…
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A Little Liberation
So it has occurred to me recently as I reviewed my own personal library that I might be a liberation theologian. Dozens of titles in my collection are written by people who identify as such or contribute to liberation conversations. Many of these books have been among my most influential reads within the last several years. I share them here in case you, too, might lean toward liberation. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutierrez Gustavo Gutierrez wrote the seminal work…
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Advent (& Christmas) Reading
The shelves are heavy laden with volumes, large and small, on Christmas. There are a growing number on Advent, too. But each year I tend to return to a simple collection of tried and true words to accompany me through Advent, toward Christmas. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus' Birth by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan My own participation (and celebration) of Christmas was deepened when I better understood what the Gospels actually said about…
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Experiencing Exodus
Exodus might inform my worldview more than any other book in Scripture... liberation, adoption, midwives,  mothers, daily manna and stone tablets are all packed in there. We walk near the Great Nile River and cross the Sea of Reeds, we stand in awe at Sinai and wander the wilderness before catching a glimpse of the Promised Land. We study Moses and Miriam, we remember Pharaoh. We learn that God hears the cries of the oppressed, God acts, God delivers. We…
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Christ, Creation & Community
In preparation for the annual Amahoro Africa Gathering in 2010 I began reading about creation care rooted in Scripture and science. I've been reading ever since, and here are the books that have most shaped my thoughts on the connection between Christ, creation and community. [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last]Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor by Leonardo Boff This book was recommended by Brian McLaren. I remember him saying that this book left him in a posture of worship. It left me…
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Reading on Race
The killing of Trayvon Martin woke me up. I’m the mother of a brown son, and brown daughter. The world no longer sees them as sweet adopted African babies, though they will always be babies to me. Now they are brown bodies at large in a frightening world with a deep and tangled history I was too privileged to learn. In school, in casual conversations and on the news I learned things about slavery, race and the push for civil…
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Books about Jesus
Straight-forward enough... I wanted to share some of my favorite books about Jesus. These are the books that stick with me years after reading, works that have introduced me to new facets of Jesus or the world he inhabited. I don't agree with every conclusion every author comes to, but I've learned from each one. I won't belabor things with long explanations. But as I head to Denver for Simply Jesus soon, I wanted to share the books that have…
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Holy Week Reading
I’ve ready many books about Lent, Easter and Passion Week in my long Christian tenure. I’ve read it from Evangelical perspectives, from within the Catholic and Episcopal traditions and read Methodist resources, too. I could speak about a stack of books. I could, but there is one that surpasses them all in my opinion. The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan [one_third][/one_third][two_third_last] When I read The…
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