Tuesday, March 2

Tag: society

Moral Courage

Essay, Religion, Theology, United Methodist Church
This is a re-blog of my very first blog post ever from 2008! I have edited it a tiny bit. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. - Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966. (Source: Wikiquote ) What are our sources of moral courage? I can tell you that I find moral outrage easy, but where does moral courage come from? Relying on my Methodist heritage, The Wesleyan Quadrilateral would have us examine scripture, tradition, reason, and experience in making deliberations. What does this tell me? What does scripture say? In Hebrew Scriptures and in Christian Scriptures, we are taught to care for the al...

Small Stone #7

Anger and deep, bone-wearying sorrow sits in my chest. Facts rattled off that dehumanize, corporatize, and numerize people. Changing them from mud-men to profits filling beds.     Commentary on the  Post-Industrial Prison Complex *adam literally means mud-man
Theology Moment:  Non-Anxious Presence

Theology Moment: Non-Anxious Presence

I recently wrote a blog post titled, “Post-Modernism is Dead…Wait…What?“ In it I raised four points. We need to learn how to use technology within a theological context, We need to be evangelicals within this new context, We need to be a non-anxious presence in our communities, and We need to teach critical analysis of all things spiritual and religious. I recently followed up #2 here. This is a follow up to #3. In the 1960's, we started undergoing huge changes.  Many scholars consider that post-modernism started during this time...the late 1950's or early 1960's.   Post-modernism deconstructs the rules that run our lives and run our society (the concept of separate but equal).  It deconstructs groups (women act this way v. men act this way).  It started a sea tide of change in whic...