Ched Myers' and Elaine Enns' Speaking Schedules, Spring 2018

Note:  If you are interested in inviting Elaine and/or Ched to speak to (or better yet to videoconference with) your church, organization or community, please email us.  Here is their upcoming schedule:

An Introduction to Mark’s Gospel: Ched Myers

Image of Rembrandt Christ Comforted by the Angel

In this package of five webinar presentations (each between 60 and 80 minutes), Ched Myers looks at key “core samples” from Mark’s gospel, and relates each to contemporary discipleship issues: 


"Re-membering the Asistencia Santa Gertrudis," by Ched Myers

  The "Asistencia Santa Gertrudis" (named after Saint Gertrude the Great, a favorite of medieval Iberian Catholics; see here) was an outlying chapel from Mission San Buenaventura.  Records indicate it was constructed sometime between 1804-08.  In our watershed, along Ventura Ave., is an obscure roadside memorial to this long-disappeared structure.  It "served the Indians in the


"If an Ancient Cathedral Had Burned: A Lament for Grandmother Oak" by Ched Myers

Old trees are our parents, and our parents’ parents, perchance. 
                     -- Henry David Thoreau, Journal, Oct 1855


Thomas Fire in Ventura County

Dear friends of BCM:

Thanks to all of you who have been calling, texting and emailing your concerns about the Thomas Fire. As you can see from this map, Oak View (we are right where the town name is) has been spared, and is the only area in the valley not under mandatory evacuation. 


"50/500: A Season of Protest and Remembering," by Ched Myers

AboveFr. Phil Berrigan pouring blood on 1-A draft files at the Customs House, Baltimore, MD, October 27, 1967.


"Prophets or Profits" by Peter Laarman

Note: This concise analysis from our friend Rev. Peter Laarman on the political economy of taxation is reposted from Religion Dispatches. 

For almost ten years now, the folks at Sojourners and other progressive evangelical outfits have been reminding us that "budgets are moral documents." All well and good. I agree. But I will add that tax systems are at least as revealing, perhaps more so, when it comes to the ethical bearings of any state or nation.

Recorded Webinar: “The Columbus Quincentenary as Turning Point in the Decolonization Struggle: A visit with Dr. Randy Woodley.”


This webinar commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the 1992 worldwide protests around the Columbus Quincentenary and explored the legacy of Indigenous activism that arose in its wake, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was 10 years old the week of this broadcast. We spoke with Cherokee scholar and activist Dr Randy Woodley, Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at Portland Seminary.


Season of Creation, Year A: September 10 is "Land Sunday" (a reflection by Ched Myers)

Note: The “Season of Creation” is a contemporary liturgical and lectionary movement celebrated during the four Sundays in September prior to St Francis of Assisi Day (Oct 4).  This ecumenical observance was begun by a Lutheran pastor in Australia in 2000 and has spread worldwide (see the Season of Creation website, a great resource for churches).


"The World Itself is Blowing the Great Shofar: Awake!!" by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Note:  This is an abbreviated version of a reflection posted by Rabbi Waskow on 0/6/17 at  As usual, Art is right on in his grasp of deep tradition and current events.

We are approaching Rosh Hashanah, when we ourselves blow the Shofar  -- puffing a small breath of air into the small end of the ram’s horn to come out the other end as an outcry of four distinct notes: alarm, broken-heart, grief, and awe-filled transformation.

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