I gave this talk on teaching faculty at Holden Village right after the Orlando Shootings—I  wrote it after the Charleston shootings the year before and when Orlando happened in a way that felt so similar, In sacred space, I couldn’t not respond. As we see violence almost daily in mosques, synagogues, airplanes, and other places supposed to be safe, we join together in lament and action. Please listen and let me know what you think.

Lent is a period of time which for many Christian traditions is observed during the forty days leading up to the Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  For the ancient Church, Lent was that time when those who were preparing for the sacrament of Baptism undertook special spiritual and practical disciplines to prepare for their entrance into the Church, the body of Christ.  Then, as now, Lent is forty days of preparatory contemplation, discipline, and prayer.  Forty is a serendipitous…Continue Reading “Fighting 45: A Lenten Reflection”

Christianity has been declared illegal in the United States of America. There’s no prohibition against professing one’s faith in Jesus. In fact, speaking the name of the Christian savior is in vogue with the current presidential administration as was evident in the multiple Christian-specific prayers offered at President Trump’s inauguration. Prominent religious figures even suggest the most recent election was guided by divine action. The Rev. Franklin Graham declared: “I believe God’s hand was in [Trump’s election].” But is the hand of God visible in…Continue Reading “Christianity Declared Illegal by Executive Order”

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes…for the former things have passed away. —Rev. 21:4 Grace and Peace to you in the name of the beloved parent G-d, and their anointed offspring, Jesus! I come in peace! Also in anger, shame, and exhaustion. I come to you now as an expert in a highly specialized field—wiping White tears. Through a lifetime of jobs in the service industry, I have worked in nursing homes, schools, hospitals, churches, and private homes. I have ministered, in…Continue Reading “To Wipe, or not to Wipe? A Treatise on White Tears”

Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. —Revelation 1:7, NRSV from The Jewish Annotated New Testament I think that most of us, regardless of political or religious affiliation, can agree that 2016 was an incredibly challenging year. For myself, this past year brought the great disappointment of a Trump presidency, and the shock of my cousin’s heroin…Continue Reading “Moving Forward in 2017: Hope in the Trump Era”

I went to Oceti Sakowin camp, North Dakota to join the call for clergy and spiritual leaders in the interfaith prayer on Dec 4th, 2016. This interfaith prayer is part of the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest’s (#NODAPL) fight against the construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline that begins from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois. Oceti Sakowin camp was chosen as the site for protest because the pipeline was intended to be built on it. This campsite is…Continue Reading “When the Spirits Descend Upon You: Acts 1:8 and the Assemblage of Oceti Sakowin Camp”

In the weeks preceding and following the election, I was challenged by the visceral responses from left, right, and center of this artificial political system constructed it seems to disenfranchise the oppressed and benefit the oppressors. I was and still am never sure of being on the right (or left) side of history (or eternity); compared to so many, I am privileged and thus called to responsibility, though compared to the rulers I am a mere pawn in the ruthless game of neoliberal capitalism. But…Continue Reading “A (Com)Passionate Response”

Labels are not my specialty. I usually operate somehow between them so please do not stick any label to this reflection. It is not a Buddhist, nor a Catholic and not even a Polish perspective. My language is not using ‘I’ willingly so Buddhism was always somehow natural for me but this is ‘my’ perspective. Whoever this humble ‘I’ is. My first reaction to the news about the outcome of the presidential election was a feeling of deep compassion. I thought ‘How will those poor…Continue Reading “Living Separate Lives”

I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest; but trouble comes. —Job 3:26 I. I’m angry. I’m pissed off. I’m enraged. And while I am not interested in attempting to justify why anger and rage are appropriate responses, I ask myself: How do we think theologically through, from, and against our rage? In the wake of the announcement of Donald Trump as the projected winner of the 2016 Presidential Election, I felt an impulsive response come over my body. I…Continue Reading “¡Vete a la verga! Or, Notes on a Queer Chicano Theology and Ethics of Rage”

A moment of odd suspense—both in terms of a foreboding uncertainty as to what is coming, and of a suspension of our own capacities to act, to analyze the situation and to organize accordingly. A suspension not of time itself, which chugalugs on, pulls us to fix dinner, finish an assignment, plan a holiday; but of the shared future, the collective momentum forward, which drives politics. Politics may be defined not as mere machinations of power but rather as collective self-organization in the face of…Continue Reading “Advent Note 2016”