Saturday, December 3, 2016

Had One of My Church Dreams Last Night: An Advent Meditation



Had one of my church dreams last night. Church dreams are, for me, often painful ones involving tears (the impossibly distant altar I can see from high in the eyrie at the back of the church to which I've been consigned, but which I cannot reach at communion time). Or, they are the opposite, ecstatic ones involving singing and a gladdened heart.

Friday, December 2, 2016

#NotNormal: Choosing Normalcy As the Not-Normal Prevails


In what is becoming an increasingly dark moment of global history, due to the determination of economic elites to pick one last time over the carcass of a defunct late-capitalist economic system built on the exploitation of the many to put more wealth into the pockets of the already grossly rich, what do we who believe (whether in any formal religious sense or not — this matters not a whit) in the possibility of a more humane world do? Those rapacious economic elites are crashing democratic systems of government everywhere in the world. They're doing so deliberately, since their rapacious picking over the carcass of late-capitalism — which is to say, over the carcasses of all of us — depends on their having total control of the mechanisms of national and international government, so that there will be no checks and balances on their rapacity and cruelty.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What's Church for Again? A Tale of Two Churches



What's church for? I've been asking this question repeatedly on this blog during the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election. What's church for when its members — the people who brand themselves with the name of Jesus Christ — are the source of some of the most egregious slights to the humanity of people on the margins of society to be witnessed in the world today? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

White Christian Voters Place in Office Adminstration Planning to Cut Healthcare Coverage of Millions: Pro-Life?



Some bona fide pro-life discussion of government safety-net programs providing healthcare coverage from the last two days, which I can easily share by cutting and pasting, even with a finger I'm babying:

Moira Weigel on How the Right Invented Phantom Enemy of Political Correctness and Gave Us Trump (with Complicity of "Liberal" Elites)



Moira Weigel in The Guardian on how the right invented the phantom enemy of "political correctness," how leading U.S. intellectuals representing "liberal" elites have colluded with this project, and how it has given us Trump:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thanks for Comments — Kitchen Accident Will Make Me Slow to Respond



A note to tell you all how much I appreciate your comments in the last day or so — and to explain why I will be slow to answer them. I had a little kitchen accident yesterday and am typing very slowly and a bit painfully today, trying to avoid the hurt finger, which continues to ooze blood as I type. So (frabjous day for you!) I'll shut up and not say much today, perhaps for another day or so, until the finger has begun to heal a bit. Enjoy talking together, and please feel free to keep doing so without my butting in.

The vintage Band-Aid ad is online at many sites; I do not have definite information about its original source.

Monday, November 28, 2016