Pathways to healing, pt 2: Curiosity

We have become quick to dismiss people because they are on the “other side” from us. “Republican or Democrat?” “Pro-choice or Pro-life?” “Affirming or rejecting?” “Capitalist or socialist?” As if that one description of a person provides enough information for us to accept or dismiss them: “If you’re that, then you must be all of this too.

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Sean GladdingComment
Palm Sunday - a View from the Margins

And that is what appears to have infuriated the pharisees, who tell Jesus to silence his followers. Certainly, they don’t believe that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah. And it’s one thing for these peasants to make claims about Jesus in the villages of Galilee: it is another thing entirely for them to do so in Jerusalem. It’s one thing for them to speak against the Romans in their homes in the hills: it’s another thing entirely to do so in the shadow of the Eagle standards raised in Jerusalem. No, “tell your people to be quiet, Jesus.” This kind of behavior is unacceptable.

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Pathways to healing, pt 1: Acknowledged hypocrisy

Would assuming a posture of humility rather than defensiveness lead to conversations that are more kind, more honest and more productive than much of what passes for civil discourse both in the church and in the wider culture? I both believe and know this to be true. It is a practice I adopted following a conversation I had several years ago, and which I call “acknowledged hypocrisy.”

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The price of protest

50 years ago yesterday, Tommie Smith and John Carlos walked to the podium at the Mexico City Olympic Games to receive gold and bronze medals in the 200 meter sprint, Tommie Smith having set a new world record in the process. Just another medal ceremony among many.

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Ana Maldonado-Coomer