May
26

AT THE HANDS OF PERSONS UNKNOWN: THE VERDICT IN THE MICHAEL BRELO CASE, by Melanie Morrison

Originally posted by Melanie S. Morrison on May 26, 2015 on her blog.  A longtime friend and collaborator, Melanie (above) is a white woman passionate about racial justice. She is founder and Executive Director of Allies for Change, a network of anti-oppression educators based in Michigan. For the past 20 years, she has led Doing Our Own Work, an intensive anti-racism program for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting racism and white privilege. She believes it is possible to grow ever more aware of the reality of injustice without surrendering our capacity for compassion, joy, and hope. She is working on a new book with the working title Murder on Shades Mountain: The Legal Lynching of Willie Peterson and the Struggle for Racial Justice in Jim Crow Birmingham.
 

I cannot turn away or close my eyes to what I beheld on Saturday as I watched the verdict in the Michael Brelo case being rendered by Judge P. O’Donnell in Cleveland. The nearly hour-long justification for exonerating Officer Brelo on all counts was bone chilling to behold. In every respect, it amounted to a judicial justification for state-sanctioned lynching.

I don’t use the word “lynching” metaphorically. I use it because so many characteristics of historical lynching are replicated in this case.  //more 

Archived Webinar "Facing History with Courage: Towards Restorative Solidarity": A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Enns

Elaine Enns
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(Recorded May 12, 2015).  View this recorded webinar at your convenience.

BCM's Elaine Enns talked about her recent doctoral studies concerning historical response-ability, intergenerational trauma and building solidarity with indigenous communities.  Elaine was also joined by three of her five person ministry team who supported her during her studies: Eileen Klassen Hamm, Heather Peters and Leonard Doell. This Webinar was broadcast along with a live audience from Mennonite Central Committee offices in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Apr
22

"What if it were my son?" by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Note:  This post is from http://candidobservation.com.   Rev. Susan K. Smith (above) works closely with Ruby Sales, Cheryl Blankenship and the good sisters of "Breaking the Silence on Modern Day Lynching" and the SpiritHouse Project. 

 

Freddie Gray is dead and nobody seems to know how it happened.

His body has not yet been released to his family. There has been an autopsy – though the results have not been yet released – and another, independent autopsy has been requested by the family.

But meanwhile, Freddie Gray lies dead and nobody seems to know what happened.

It is maddening that, after a week, nobody knows anything. It feels like incompetence and it begs an explanation as to why such incompetence exists. It feels like information is being withheld in an effort to protect the police.

It brings back memories of how the death of Michael Brown was handled.  /more

Apr
15

"A Letter to Randy and Kimberly on the Occasion of the Closing of the Pasadena Peace and Justice Academy," by Ched Myers

Note: Today I received this email from Randy Christopher and Kimberly Medendorp (above): "When the Pasadena Peace & Justice Academy was conceived back in 2008 it was an experiment in hope. Since opening our doors in September, 2009, the experiment has been, in our estimation, an enormous success – a success in every way except one.  We have not been successful in enrolling students to the school.  Based on our projected enrollment of returning students and new students who have made a commitment, we will not have the revenue necessary to further sustain the school.  At this time the board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend operations for the school at the end of May, 2015.  You have both supported and sacrificed to help the school – especially Elaine, our champion of Restorative Justice and Peace & Justice Coordinator extraordinaire!  We hope you can join us at our Graduation and P&JA Closing Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 5:00 pm..."

Dear Randy and Kimberly:

Words can’t express how sad this news makes us. 

When I think of what will no longer be at PAJA, these lines from Will Campbell’s eulogy come to mind: 

Apr
9

Eastertide Reflection (Mk 15:40-16:2): The Women’s Witness of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Ched Myers

Image above: Mikhail Nesterov “The Empty Tomb,” 1889.

This brief midrash on Mark’s spare but evocative Easter narrative highlights a central aspect that is routinely overlooked.   Let’s begin with the body.  According to Mark, after Jesus’ execution, his body was granted by the Roman procurator Pilate to Joseph, a member of the Judean council that had condemned Jesus.  As described in 15:43-46, this has all the hallmarks of a political move aimed at prohibiting those in Jesus’ community from executing their duties according to Purity and custom, thus further cutting off the new movement and preventing occasion for more protest during the volatile season of Passover (for further exegetical aspects of this passage, see Binding the Strong Man, pp 392ff.      /more

Archived Webinar: “Easter Webinar: How Do We See the Risen Christ? An Interview with Theologian Thorwald Lorenzen"

Dr Lorenzen
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(Recorded April 7, 2015). View this recorded webinar at your convenience.

Ched looked at three key themes in Mark’s Easter story, and then interviewed German theologian Dr Thorwald Lorenzen live from Canberra, Australia. Lorenzen is the author of Resurrection, Discipleship and Justice: Affirming the Resurrection of Jesus Today (Orbis, 2003) and he is an important progenitor of the radical discipleship movement whose theology of resurrection has been foundational. We also spoke with theological ethicist Geoff Broughton about his recent book Restorative Christ - Jesus, Justice, and Discipleship (Pickwick, 2015).

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Free Archived Webinar: "The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance: Interview with Na'Taki Osborne Jelks"

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(Recorded Mar 24, 2015).  View this recorded webinar at your convenience.

The West Atlanta Watershed Alliance is a pioneering effort at the intersection of ecological and social justice.  In the wake of U.N. World Water Day (3/24), Sarah Thompson and Ched Myers talked with founder Na'Taki Jelks about WAWA, organizing around issues of environmental racism and "watershed discipleship."  This program was our 2015 annual free Community webinar!

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Mar
6

"What is Radical Discipleship?" by Ched Myers

We've received lots of requests to make this available, so below is an excerpt from Ched’s opening comments at the Bartimaeus Kinsler InstituteFestival of Radical Discipleship here in Oak View on Feb 16, 2015. (Above: A surprise appearance of the “Rt. Rev. Arch Squishop of the Ventura River Watershed” at the Carnival performance on Wednesday.)
 

What this week is really about is to commemorate 40 years of the Radical Discipleship movement.  Radical Discipleship is NOT a dope slogan, or a mobilizing soundbyte, or a hip brand, or an ironic twitter handle.  Hell, these terms aren’t even cool anymore.  “Radical” is a term as unfashionable today as it was trendy in the 1960s.  The notion of “discipleship,” meanwhile, is entirely shrugged off in liberal church circles, and trivialized in conservative ones.  So let me explain why this is the handle of this Festival, why we insist on using the phrase.  The etymology of the term radical (for the Latin radix, "root") is the best reason not to concede it to nostalgia.  If we want to get to the root of anything we must be radical.  No wonder the word has been demonized by our masters and co-opted by marketing hucksters, and no wonder no one in conventional politics dares use the word favorably, much less track any problem to its root.   //more

An introduction to ChedMyers.org

The purpose of chedmyers.org is to provide one-stop access to writing and talks by Ched Myers.  

Ched Myers and Elaine Enns by the Ventura RiverChed  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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