Mar
17

Upcoming BCM Webinars

Save the dates for these upcoming BCM webinars, featuring scriptural reflection, movement history and social justice themes.  Our 2014 schedule will be (mostly) the second Tuesday of the month at 5:45-7:15 pm Pacific Time except where noted. 

Tuesday, April 15:  

"Jesus' Death and Atonement Theology: A Holy Week Conversation with Dr. Ted Grimsrud."  Ched will talk with Grimsrud, theology professor at Eastern Mennonite University, about his new book, Instead of Atonement: The Bible's Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness (Cascade, 2013).  You can find Ted's popular blogs here and here

Register here.

Tuesday, May 6: 
“Farming, Permaculture and Theology:  Sylvia Keesmaat and Chris Grataski."  This live broadcast will give a glimpse into our Permaculture Design Certificate course, with biblical scholar/farmer Keesmaat and permaculturist Grataski.

Register here.

Tuesday, June 10: 
"From Babel to Pentecost: Insurgent Cultural Diversity vs. Imperial Conformity."  Ched's study of Gen 11 and Acts 2 as warning tales about monoculture, and the divine endorsement of human diversity.

Register here.

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Mar
17

Lent: Falling in Love With the Ordinary is Subversive

Note: This blog post was written by Jeremy John, an activist for food justice, Huffpost blogger, and web developer who has recently been volunteering many hours to overhaul and update our BCM websites. You can support his KickStarter campaign to organize churches to overcome poor communities' access to health foods here.

I'm one not given to joy. I'm far more likely to escape from normal with a fantasy novel than I am to delight in the cutting of vegetables and the washing of dishes.

Feb
3

Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of a historic peacemaking retreat with Merton

One of the joys of assessing manuscripts by new authors is discovering both a good story and a good storyteller.  So it was a delight working with Gordon Oyer, a midwest Mennonite, on his book project documenting the historic retreat of pioneering peacemakers with Thomas Merton in the fall of 1964 (in photo above), which included A.J. Muste, J.H. Yoder, the Berrigan brothers, Jim Forest and others.  

Three powerful faith traditions--Anabaptist peace ecclesiology, Catholic radicalism and Protestant political theology--converged for the first time at that legendary retreat at Merton's hermitage.  The resulting synergy has fueled North American Christian activism ever since.  Any of us who seek today to bear public witness to the gospel, justice and political imagination are truly “children” of that conversation a half a century ago; whenever we gather in a retreat setting to discern the times and our response, we are walking in their footsteps.  Oyer has gifted us with a magnificent chronicle of that seminal eventin his forthcoming Pursuing The Spiritual Roots of Protest, now out from Cascade Books.  

Two retreats around the book are being planned.  The first is just two months away, and will be held at Kirkridge in PA.  I urge you to check it out (share the Facebook page with your circles).  Another is being planned for October 24-25 at the Merton Center in Louisville, KY.  Please help spread the word!

An introduction to ChedMyers.org

The purpose of chedmyers.org is to provide one-stop access to writing and talks by Ched Myers (see more on this below).

Ched Myers and Elaine Enns by the Ventura RiverChed Myers is an activist theologian, biblical scholar, popular educator, author, organizer and advocate who has for 35 years been challenging and supporting Christians to engage in peace and justice work and radical discipleship.  

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