Waiting to Die

December 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m almost 30; I like to stress the almost.  For 29 years and some months I’ve gone about pursuing, in various ways and to various degrees, those things that give life, the things that give meaning to my life and enable me to share that life ‘the other.’ I’ve done so with privilege and in freedom.  I am almost 30.

Don’t tell me about the valley of the shadow of death.  I live there…I and some seventy-eight other men spend about twenty-two hours a day in six by ten-foot cells.  The additional two hours may be spent outdoors, in a chain-link-fenced box, ringed by concertina razor wire, under the gaze of gun turrets.

 –Mumia Abu-Jamal “Live from Death Row” « Read the rest of this entry »

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#OWS

November 6, 2011 § 4 Comments

Last Thursday I had the privilege of joining the gathered 99% at #OWS.  It was good to see so many people dedicated to standing up and speaking truth to power.  I have to write my first seminary paper soon and, right now, I’m leaning toward a critique of capitalism.  My critique: Capitalism is de-humanizing.

This is why I’m at PTS.  I want to develop the theological sight and language to help my fellow sisters and brothers of the Body of Christ dig the Church out of some of the shit we’re so deeply rooted in that we don’t even see it.  I pray that I do not forget.  I pray that I’d be given eyes to see and an eloquence to convey.

Here’s a great reflection on #OWS from a fellow seminarian who I joined on the trip to NYC (you should follow his blog!): The Kenosis: My Time Occupying Wall Street

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