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On safety pins and sanctuaries

On safety pins and sanctuaries

Wearing a safety pin is a marker so that we (people who don't want to be known as racist or homophobic) know each other.  It is a political statement.  It is NOT a clandestine signal to an underground railroad.

The problem with building bridges

The problem with building bridges

Here’s the thing:  we can’t go around building bridges without foundations if we expect them to last any longer than the next storm.  The systems upon which many bridges were built are rotten and need to be replaced.

What is Public Theology?

What is Public Theology?

Public theology understands and accepts that 1) we live in a diverse, multi-faith society and 2) there are many people who are wary of religion.  The most constructive thing we can do is to make sure our theology supports the common good. 

When our hospitality rings false

When our hospitality rings false

Here’s what we don’t often say when we talk about hospitality: real hospitality has a cost.  You simply cannot offer true welcome and not expect change to come as a result.  The change may come to you and your ideas, to your community's identity, or to the physical space you inhabit.  But change will come.

Are you in the Teaspoon Brigade?

Are you in the Teaspoon Brigade?

Every generation says this, but we are all aware of how much work there is to do these days.  Life is very difficult for a number of people and those who have the ability to pick up a teaspoon are called by God to do so.  "To whom much is given, much is required," said Jesus in Luke 12:48.

God's dirty apron

God's dirty apron

For those for whom purity is of concern, then the “messiness” or untidiness of life experiences, particularly where otherness is concerned, becomes a constant struggle...But when we take up opportunities to get our hands dirty on behalf of others (not for your own gain, mind...), it is a powerful, liberative, dangerous thing.

Coming out as a theologian

Coming out as a theologian

I couldn’t deny it any longer. My life had led me to this; I have spent years studying and preparing and I feel I have been brought along this road by God. To pretend it wasn’t a part of me was to deny all these years up to this point.