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Tuesday’s Temptation: Perfection

Tuesday’s Temptation: Perfection

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It seems that every group I am involved in is working for social change. Things like: changing the justice system changing the church changing the educational system Yeah. Those kind of changes. Things that are hard and cranky and slow and O.M.G. resistant. I expect resistance from the structures we are working with but I am often caught by surprise by the resistance within my own people regarding ideas of change.  It all fell into place for me recently upon reading The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen. Now, Sen has some major problems, but he was able to sum up the previous thinking on justice with the term transcendental institutionalism. This is the idea that we can create an institution that is somehow perfected. That it transcends the muck of daily humanity. And that ju
Tuesday’s Temptation: Letting Others Steal Your Joy

Tuesday’s Temptation: Letting Others Steal Your Joy

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This morning, I found out that the Supreme Court made a decision that upheld immunity from prosecution for the police. In the specific case, an officer shot a woman four times. She was holding a knife. Pointed down at the ground, not up in a threatening manner. She was shot four times and survived. She sued the officer. He countered with an immunity claim. After various courts saying "no" then "yes," it found its way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court sided with the officer. This took my generally decent morning and turned it upside down. I find it sad that we cannot allow a civil or criminal court to come to the conclusion that the officer acted rightly or wrongly. I especially dislike the message this gives to policing at large that is, "My bad decision is immune from accountabil...

Poetry as Spiritual Practice

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioPbgNGV8zA I've been having fun exploring the world of poetry. I never thought of writing or reading poetry to be a form of spiritual practice. But when Terri Stewart asked if I wanted to join her in her New Year's resolution to read one poem every day, I found that's exactly what was happening. I'm in two different groups right now who use prompts to encourage the writing of poetry. Reading and writing poetry is bringing me closer to a God who I need right now more than ever. Today I'm going to share a poem by Amena Brown that might do the same thing for you as it did for me. I don't know what God will give me this week, but I know it will be something to bring me into the presence of God.