Solidarity with the poor is not the same as empathy. Many people feel sorry for the poor or identity with their suffering yet do nothing to alleviate it. All too often people of privilege engage in forms of spiritual materialism where they seek recognition of their goodness by helping the poor. And they proceed in the efforts without changing their contempt and hatred of the poverty. Genuine solidarity with the poor is rooted in the recognition that interdependency sustains the life of the planet. That includes the recognition that the fate of the poor both locally and globally will to a grave extent determine the quality of life for those who are lucky enough to have a class privilege. Repudiating exploitation by word and deed is a gesture of solidarity with the poor. -bell hooks (130)
— bell hooks
Walked here this morning between the rain showers. As we hiked through fields of tall wet grass, the trail lined with wild raspberry canes just setting fruit, the calls of summer birds filling the air, I was reminded of this lovely poem by Mary Oliver:
Walking to Oak-Head Pond, and
Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the
Next Days and Weeks
What is so utterly invisible
not the wind,
not the inside of stone.
And yet, how often I’m fooled-
I’m wading along
in the sunlight-
and I’m sure I can see the fields and the ponds shining
I can see the light spilling
like a shower of meteors
into next week’s trees,
and I plan to be there soon-
and, so far, I am
just that lucky,
my legs splashing
over the edge of darkness,
my heart on fire.
I don’t know where
such certainty comes from-
the brave flesh
or the theater of the mind-
but if I had to guess
I would say that only
what the soul is supposed to be
could send us forth
with such cheer
as even the leaf must wear
as it unfurls
its fragrant body, and shines
against the hard possibility of stoppage-
which, day after day,
before such brisk, corpuscular belief,
shudders, and gives way.
(Erzgebirge; iphone 5)
We did it. (at Lake Avenue Church (Official))
Picture with my mentor, Ryan Bolger, after hooding ceremony this afternoon. #fuller #selfie (at First Baptist Church Pasadena - FBC Pasadena)
Some of my travel journal. #sketchnotes
Working on travel journals first thing in the morning. (at 210 Freeway)
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.
Samuel P. Huntington, cited on the ‘Where is Raed?’ website, a day-to-day journal of everyday life in Baghdad under bombardment.
Extract in Robert J. C. Young, Postcolonialism, A Very Short Introduction (UK: Oxford University Press, 2003), p. 32.
We have been reading through Parker Palmer’s “A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward and Undivided Life,” at our church lately and are loving it.
I have been sharing our discussion notes each week (Week one and Week two can be found here).
Here are the links for chapter three:
Quotes, Scripture and Discussion Notes for chapter 3 here.
Download sketchnotes for chapter 3 here.
I wholeheartedly believe [the early Publishers of Truth] not only helped to bring about change in the rest of Christianity, it is what built momentum and established the Quaker movement as a viable and lively thread within the Christian tradition. Publishing from a participatory perspective is about writing a vision: writing as a means of birthing something new, writing to generate the kind of world or culture you want to be a part of and in doing so create a space for others to participate with you in that vision. I am hopeful that as Friends encounter the Spirit and are faithful to what we are called to, we will continue to be given a vision to write, and a truth to publish, and that will indeed make us a peculiar people.
In an April blog post, Umar Lee, a St Louis writer and full-time taxi driver, bemoaned the economic model of rideshare services, which are trying to establish themselves in the city. Noting that they hurt not only taxi drivers but poor residents who have neither cars nor public transport and thus depend on taxis willing to serve dangerous neighbourhoods, he dismisses Uber and Lyft as hipster elitists masquerading as innovators: “I’ve heard several young hipsters tell me they’re socially-liberal and economic-conservative, a popular trend in American politics,” he writes. “Well, I hate to break it to you buddy, but it’s economics and the role of the state that defines politics. If you’re an economic conservative, despite how ironic and sarcastic you may be or how tight your jeans are, you, my friend, are a conservative …” (via The peril of hipster economics - Opinion - Al Jazeera English)
What New Jersians search: Bon Jovi, girdles, NJ jokes, pantaloons, six-pack abs, thumb wrestling. From You Can Learn A Lot About America From Each State’s Internet Search History.
If you need help deciding what state to move to, this will put it over the edge for you.