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Watershed disciples: Studying the local landscape

Ched Myers - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:04am
$0.00 Date:  Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Author: Katherine Mast 

Published online at  The Christian Century website. (Please note there are limited free viewings per month of articles at this website).


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Waiting for the Movement to Begin, by Fred Bahnson

Ched Myers - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:55am

Note:  A dispatch from our friend Fred Bahnson from the weekend's People's Climate March in N.Y. city.  

Two days ago on W. 58th street in Manhattan, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a massive throng of people, waiting. 

I had joined Wake Divinity alum Caleb Pusey and current student Crystal Rook who had traveled overnight by bus from Charlotte to New York. We had come for the People's Climate March, the largest such gathering in history. We were ready to march, had been ready for over an hour, in fact. But the line there on W. 58th St. showed no sign of moving. And so we waited.

We've all been waiting, haven't we? When it comes to climate legislation, we've mostly heard rhetoric from our leaders. We've been wondering why can't we get going? It's clear climate change is real, that it's happening now, and that we need to take drastic steps to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels in order to avoid ecological catastrophe. Whether it's eating California tomatoes instead of growing them locally, or burning Kentucky coal instead of getting our electricity from wind or solar, the way we currently nourish and power our lives needs to change. We each can do our part, and the role of the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative is to train faith leaders to do their part to create "more redemptive food systems." But we're still waiting on our global leaders to do their part. Which is why we went to New York. 

And what a hopeful day it was. 


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What Kind of Question is That? A Reflection from Faith and Money Network

Ched Myers - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 9:07am

Note:  This is a recent post from our friends at Faith and Money Network:

 How much is enough?  

"What kind of question is that?" we might respond. “You can never have enough.” There’s never enough money to cover every potential financial disaster. There’s never enough stuff to make us feel loved and whole.

“The notion that we will never have enough is part of the dysfunctional story of modern technological, capitalist society that we have internalized,” said theologian Ched Myers in a recent interview with FMN Director Mike Little. We carry, Myers said, a sense of anxiety that leads us to believe we can never have enough.

That’s not God’s message, however. “The old story [in the biblical book of Exodus] actually says there is such a thing as enough,” Myers contended.  //more

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Archived Webinar: “Heeding the Prophet's Call? The Life and Legacy of Dr. Vincent Harding--and His Challenge to Mennonites (and Other Peace Churches)"

Ched Myers - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 7:15am

(Recorded September 16, 2014). View this recorded webinar at your convenience.


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A Review of Gordon Oyer's "Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest," by Mark C. Johnson

Ched Myers - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:46pm

Mark C. Johnson is Executive Director of  The Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice in New York.  Below is his review of  Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Protest: Merton, Berrigan, Yoder and Muste at the Gethsemani Abbey Peacemakers Retreat. Gordon Oyer, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2014.  

Gordon Oyer’s book is an almost magical bridging of a half dozen genre in a single work. It starts out as a detective story, reconstructing, through sheer leg-work in archives and interviewing surviving participants, the explanation of how and why this retreat was held in 1964 at Thomas Merton’s residence, the Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. It then becomes a day by day account of the proceedings, almost dramaturgical in its structure; one could envision it restaged. But it also works as meta-theory and meta-praxis, describing the way it which the event opened new ecumenical conversations and offering a powerful rationale for the continuing practice of retreats.  It serves as a theological study of the roots of some strains of thinking later deepened by Merton and Yoder in particular.  Historical biographies flesh out the incredibly significant small collection of agents of peacemaking in the room including, like a documentary film rolling credits, what they went on to do (or in the case of A.J. Muste what was brought to the table) with their witness.  Finally the entire story is reexamined through the lens of contemporary voices, people who if the retreat were scheduled today would likely be in the room.  //more 

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Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land

Ched Myers - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 3:01pm

Last month Wipf and Stock published  Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land.   Ched worked with the editorial team on this project and helped get it to press.  From the book's press release: 

A critical examination of political Zionism, a topic often considered taboo in the West, is long overdue.  Moreover, the discussion of Christian Zionism is usually confined to Evangelical and fundamentalist settings.  The present volume will break the silence currently reigning in many religious, political, and academic circles and, in so doing, will provoke and inspire a new, challenging conversation on theological and ethical issues arising from various aspects of Zionism—a conversation that is vital to the quest for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.     //more

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