Archived Webinar: “A Lifetime of Hospitality and Resistance: A Visit with Jeff Dietrich of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker.”
(Recorded August 26, 2014). View this recorded webinar at your convenience.
(Annual BCM Free Summer Community Webinar)
Ched interviewed this venerable elder about his long history with the Catholic Worker movement, the movement itself and the specific work of the Los Angeles Catholic Worker and its sister Catholic Worker houses.
Upon purchase you will be emailed a pdf with a link and directions on how to view the archived webinar.
"Listen to the Birds--NOW! A Reflection on Ornitheology and Climate Catastraophe" by Ted Lyddon Hatten
Note: I had the pleasure of collaborating a bit with artists and theologian Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten at Wild Goose Festival in June on his amazing "ornitheology" project. Below is his latest reflection. --CM
I spent a few days in the North Carolina woods this June, attending the Wild Goose Festival, sometimes described as a Christian Woodstock (apt, but with fewer drugs and less music). In its fourth year, WGF is a gathering of believers who may, or may not be described as post-modern, post-Christian, recovering Evangelical, progressive, emergent… The banks of the French Broad River provided the backdrop for the deep conversations that can happen at the intersection of art, spirituality, and social justice. Famous names like Wallis, Schaeffer, and McLaren brought their followers. William Barber, Ched Myers, and the Carnival de Resistance brought a challenge to the present order.
A four-day festival promises room for a kind of extended dialogue that is rare in these latter days. But the most important conversation I heard was over my head, literally, and in a language I do not speak. It was also the loudest, by far. //more
Earlier this month I was preaching at Jeff St. Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, at long last visiting this congregation I'd heard so much about from friends Susan Taylor and Andy Loving of Just Money Advisors. During the potluck after the service, and before a workshop on Climate Catastrophe and Watershed Discipleship, I was captivated by a tatoo on the arm of a young woman of the congregation.
It was a reproduction of the image shown above, by Guatemalan artist and photographer Daniel Hernandez Salazar. When I asked her about it, she explained she'd worked in Guatemala with those trying to document the massacres and disappearances of thousands of people during the war in the 1980s. The tatoo was a reminder to bear witness. //more
Note: Eduard Loring of the Open Door Community in Atlanta sends out occasional reflections; I thought this one was particularly interesting.
July 26 was the birthday of English author Aldous Huxley (above) , born in Godalming, Surrey in 1894. He was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, a scientist and man of letters who was known as "Darwin's bulldog" for his defense of the theory of evolution. Huxley wrote a few novels that satirized English literary society, which established him as a writer. It was his fifth book, Brave New World (1932), which arose out of his distrust of 20th-century politics and technology, for which he is most remembered. // more
"A Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage: An Atrocity We Must Never Forget," by Marian Wright Edelman and Julia Cass
This guest post is by Marian Wright Edelman (above), with whom I spent a week in mid-July at the Proctor Institute in Tennessee, and Julia Cass. Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities (see www.childrensdefense.org). Edelman's Child Watch Column appears each week on The Huffington Post. Julia Cass is a Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist on assignment for the Children’s Defense Fund.
The site in the photograph below, along a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy Clemons, a longtime local leader and activist whose family was involved in the civil rights movement in Neshoba County and who is prominently featured in the excellent documentary “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom.” //more
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