Ched's blog

Sep
29

"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.

Sep
7

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).

Sep
6

"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 https://theshalomcenter.org/.  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.

Jun
29

"A Letter to Bill Wylie Kellermann Upon His Retirement as Pastor of St. Peter's Detroit" by Ched Myers

Dear Bill:

This occasion on which you close your chapter at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is such an important milestone in a ministry, one you can be very proud of and grateful for.  

Jun
18

"The Fierce Urgency of Now": Comments to the Cal Pac Methodist Federation for Social Action, by Ched Myers

Note:  Below are edited and excerpted comments from Ched's keynote to the annual dinner of the Cal-Pac Chapters of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and Reconciling Ministries Network, at the University of Redlands,  C

May
29

"The Feast of the Ascension, Memorial Day and Doubling Down on the Incarnation," by Ched Myers

Note: This is an edited version of a sermon preached on the Feast of Ascension (5/28/17) at Farm Church at Casa Anna Shulz.  Above: William BlakeAscension Day poem, 1794.

“People of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” (Acts 1:11)

May
22

Welcome to those who heard Ched on the "RobCast," May 2017

 Thanks for listening to the conversation between Ched Myers and Rob Bell (taped on May 3)--and for visiting our website!
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Apr
16

"The Women, the Authorities, and Jesus’ Body: An Easter Reflection (Mt 27:55-28:15)" by Ched Myers

Above: Mikhail Nesterov “The Empty Tomb,” 1889.

The Easter narrative in Matthew centers around Jesus’ body and a gender struggle. 

Apr
14

"Whosoever would follow me must..." Ched Myers

On this Good Friday, as we commemorate Jesus' cross amidst imperial resurgence and war, I offer this excerpt from Who Will Roll Away the Stone: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (Orbis, 1994), pp 251f, 267.

Mark's invitation to "take up the cross" (Mk 8:34) is the central characteristic of discontinuity with the Domination system.  

"Whosever would"--this is one of Jesus' few universal prerequisites for discipleship.  

Apr
11

“A Tale of Two Meals” by Ched Myers

This is an edited and updated version of a sermon delivered at an outdoor liturgy on Sunday, August 29th, 2004 at the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival in Cheltenham, England.  I offer it here again because this year Passover and Maunday Thursday coincide in the same week.  

 

This week, Jews and Christians celebrate and re-enact their two foundational meals: Pesach (begun Monday) and The Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday).  Each meal gave birth to a people:

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