May I let my voice be a clarion call. I will use these words for justice. I will use these words for truth. And humour.

Friday, September 28, 2007


four assignments/challenges for good people/ministers in a time of war

Hi Friends-

I keep forgetting the specifics of this, so I'm going to copy the important elements up here (these are excerpts from the sermon for the opening chapel of this school year, by Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker, the president of our school):

First of these assignments…we must conceptualize ministry as engagement with transpersonal social forces , as well as care for individual lives.

Assignment two: we must tear off the deceitful masks of war that allow violence to continue unchecked , and especially we have an obligation and responsibility to unmask the way religion provides violence with sacred face – calling war holy, and killing or being killed a form of love.

Third Assignment: we must remember all the dead, and weep with those who weep.
Fourth and final assignment for now: We must center our hearts and minds in love for life, daring to bring the colors of life and the energies of passionate caring into sites of devastation within, among, and around us.

The link to the whole sermon is above.

pax hominibus,
agape to everyone,

"Strephon kissed me in the spring, Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me And never kissed at all.
Strephon's kiss was lost in jest, Robin's lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin's eyes Haunts me night and day."
-Sara Teasdale

Once in a while, the time will come
To surrender everything you have to give
Once in a while, the time will come
To surrender everything you have to give
-Flaming Lips, "Superhumans"

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