Living Buddha, Living Christ

Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss a book that was seminal to my personal faith journey and deconstructing the fundamentalism I'd been a part of for multiple decades. The book is entitled, Living Buddha, Living Christ by Zen master Thich Naht Hanh. Join me and host Michelle Collins as we discuss orthopraxy, certitude, and …

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Jubilee > Business as usual

Despite the dire warnings from public health officials and what is known from historians of earlier pandemics like the so-called "Spanish Flu" pandemic of one hundred years ago, there is a chorus of voices calling for states to reopen to economic activity. The current occupant of the White House has once again resorted to incendiary …

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Dr. King and intersectionality

The Tattooed Theologian

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Books have the power to profoundly impact our lives. In 2006, I found an audiobook copy of A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. at my local library. I had some familiarity with King’s work prior to listening to that book, and his autobiography in quick succession, but not much. Those two books changed all of that for me. He was of course a supremely gifted orator and it is a blessing to live in an age where his speeches have been preserved for future generations. Those speeches inform my personal theological stances and have stayed with me ever since.

One of the speeches in the collection truly stood out for me. It is one that likely got him into a good deal of trouble with those who maintain the Domination System in American political life because he was critical of U.S. foreign policy and…

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