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Sabeel Global Young Adult Festival

Global Young Adult Festival

“Imagine rebuilding a family's demolished home in one week. Or replanting a burned down olive grove in a day. Or challenging discrimination with the mischievous fun of a solidarity flash mob.

"These are the sorts of things you could be doing in Palestine and Israel this summer.”

- Sabeel's Festival Invitation

For Such a Time as This: Listening, Sharing and Acting for Immigration Reform

Ched will be keynoting at this Presbyterian immigrant rights gathering in Pasadena...

May 18 noon to 6 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church 

When it comes to immigration reform, many of us believe we are in a Kairos moment.  We face a point in time charged with promise that justice might “roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24) Doors appear to be opening that can make comprehensive immigration reform a reality. This event is open to all, and registration fee is only $10.  

Nonviolence Workshop

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Learn nonviolent direct action from the man who taught Gandhi’s philosophy and methods – SATYAGRAHA – to leaders of the US Civil Rights movement.

"Blood on the Cedars" at the Alternative Seminary

For those of you in the Philadelphia area, we strongly commend to you the upcoming May 16th show "Blood on the Cedars" at the Alternative Seminary.  These friends are doing great work and are dear to us, and the show is amazing, based on Ched’s biblical work and the poetry of our colleague Jim Perkinson.  More information here.


To Jerusalem! by Andrew McLeod (Author of Holy Cooperation!: Building Graceful Economies)

I recently attended a gathering of the Bartimaeus Institute in California’s Ojai Valley, at which Ched Myers thoroughly outlined the overarching theme of economic justice that saturates the Gospel of Luke. The experience has inspired me to relaunch my blog as a semi-regular practice.

Do You Hear the People Sing? M.L. King & Les Misérables’ case for a Socialism of Grace by Jarrod McKenna

Jarrod walks by MLK statue If the latest Billboard album chart is anything to go by, the answer to Victor Hugo’s question “Do you hear the people sing”? is a resounding “Yes!” as the soundtrack to the latest film adaption of his novel has hit number one. More ambiguous however, is the answer to the question: do we understand what they are singing?

Honoring Cries: Honorio Llorente and Blind Bartimaeus by Duane Ediger

BartimaeusIn honor of the founding story of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (read more here), we share here a sermon on Bartimaeus by Duane Ediger, friend and CPTer ( In this message at First Church of the Brethren, he reflects on experiences in Colombia while serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams. 

My last sermon here...

Former BCM Intern, Katerina Friesen is about to move on from Community Roots Garden to rest before starting seminary at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Here is an excerpt from her final sermon in the community. Hanging gloves

Global Warming, Competition and Cooperation

Bert Newton, author and activist

Our friend at Pasadena Mennonite, Bert Newton, offers the latest analysis of climate change ... 

The Great Confusion: On Mark 8 and Peter's Not So Great Confession

A recent sermon by Ric Hudgens (Thanks for sharing Ric!)


The theme of our sermon series this fall is “Beyond the Walls”. There is a fruitful ambiguity in this theme. We've been discussing it as if the walls are primarily the walls the church hides behind; the walls that separate us from the world around us. Talk of going “beyond” the walls often means going from inside the walls to outside the walls. However, walls have two sides and those two sides have different functions. There are the walls the keep us in and the walls that keep us out.

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