We enslaved Africans in order to be free of the obligations of stewardship

In this sense, acedia and arrogance go together. Acedia’s indifference and coldness and uncaring—what Hildegard of Bingen called “drying up” and “carelessness”—flows from a rejection of the sounds of others—their dignity and stories as well as their cries for help. Ignoring their dreams, their despair, their rage, their hopes—all this settles in when humans succumb to acedia. By Matthew Fox, …

Democratic Vistas, the union of the ideal and the actual: Rorty proposes that “we build our philosophical reflections around our political hopes: around the project of fashioning institutions and customs which will make human life, finite and mortal life, more beautiful.”

Chris Lehmann August 18, 2021 The New Republic, https://newrepublic.com/article/163297/richard-rortys-warning-authoritarianism-pragmatism-book-review Richard Rorty’s Warning Against Authoritarianism: After Trump’s election, Rorty’s prophecy of social collapse went viral. His final book is perhaps the clearest account of his political thinking. “Dewey’s God, his symbol of what he called ‘the union of the ideal and the actual,’” Rorty writes, “was the United States of America …

Michael Harrington

Harrington thought that “the vocation of a radical.. is to walk a perilous tightrope.. to be true to the socialist vision of a new society…constantly develop and extend its content…and…bring” it “into contact with actual movements fighting…to gain some little increment of dignity or even just a piece of bread.” May 15, 2021 by Common Dreams Michael Harrington by Tom …

Getting past our own and others biases, to effect real change

Center for Action and Contemplation, 3/3/2021 Learning how to see our biases is a psychological exercise, but one with immediate theological and social implications. It demands self-knowledge and the crucial need to recognize (1) when we are in denial about our own shadow and capacity for illusion; (2) our capacity to project our own fears and shadows onto other people …

Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

Native American Religious Freedom after Trump

Native American Religious Freedom after Trump, by Dana Lloyd, December 14, 2020, Responding to: Rethinking U.S. Domestic Religious Freedom. Dana Lloyd is a visiting scholar and lecturer in the Program of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, as well as a research fellow at the Indigenous Values Initiative. Her book, Arguing for This Land: Rethinking Indigenous Sacred Sites https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/native-american-religious-freedom-after-trump Religion is …

What Fifteenth-Century Papal Bulls Can Teach Us About Indigenous Identity: Over more than 500 years, a system of domination was globalized

By: Steven Newcomb, Berkeley Center, October 21, 2020 Responding to: Indigenous Peoples, Sacred Rights, and Religious Freedom In a brilliant essay, “Decolonial Theology and Changing the Global Church” on the Berkley Forum, Dr. Debora Tonelli says that “At the end of official colonialism, religion has often been the space in which colonized people have fought to build their new identity.” With regard …

‘She had the courage to act on her knowledge’: Civil disobedience saved Pope Francis’ life when he was young. ‘I’ll always owe them so much. They fought for me to the end…They taught me what it is to use science but also to know when to go beyond it to meet particular needs.’

Pope Francis reveals an important story from his life, in his recent piece in the NYTimes, and also shares a quote: “Where the danger is, also grows the saving power.” That’s the genius in the human story: There’s always a way to escape destruction. Where humankind has to act is precisely there, in the threat itself; that’s where the door …

No recovery without a universal income?

The coronavirus crisis could pave the way to universal basic income, Apr. 16 2020, CNBC, Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19 KEY POINTS Guy Standing, a research professor in development studies at SOAS, University of London, told CNBC via telephone that there was no prospect of a global economic revival without a universal basic income. The International Monetary Fund expects the global economy in …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …