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I do not pray that I shall be gifted with my daily bread, but that We, all of us together, shall have enough to eat.

I do not pray that I be forgiven of all my sins and faults, but that together We shall be a community that is forgiven and forgiving – that a mark of our life together be the unconditional forgiving of one another.

I do not pray that God will save me from all trials and temptations – but that He will keep us, His Holy Church on Earth, safe from harm.

via A Beloved Prayer of Radical Community | The Goodness of God.

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When [Jesus] got nailed to a cross, it was more than just a payment for our sins. It was God saying all those people who make you feel unsafe, yeah I’m one of them, that’s why I got lynched. God takes sides on the cross; He’s on the side of the people whose lives are actually unsafe because they can be crucified, as opposed to the people who don’t go anywhere near the type of place where Jesus got crucified because they’ve devoted their lives to worrying about their safety and the safety of their kids.

To take up your cross and follow Jesus means more than just doing “sacrificial” things for other people. It means you join the people who are unsafe. It means you do a lot of listening without speaking. It means you don’t live in denial about the shameful assumptions you make about other people in the deepest corners of your mind. It means you ask God for help in unlearning the racially-triggered instincts that we’ve all had drilled into us by a complex amalgam of social forces.

via Unsafe in black and white America | Mercy not Sacrifice.

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No one has been ‘worthy’ to receive communion, no one has been prepared for it. At this point all merits, all righteousness, all devotions disappear and dissolve. Life comes again to as Gift, a free and divine gift…Everything is free, not is due and yet all is given. And, therefore, the greatest humility and obedience is to accept the gift, to say yes—in joy and gratitude. There is nothing we can do, yet we become all that God wanted us to be from eternity, when we are eucharistic.

Alexander Schmemann, “For the Life of the World,” p. 45 (via rachelheldevans)

via “No one has been ‘worthy’ to receive communion, no….

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The idea of literalism in the Bible is a very new phenomenon. In many ways, it’s a product of the scientific revolution. When we sort of decided that, ‘That which is true is that which can be scientifically verified.’ Well, that put into doubt the stories of the Bible. And what we now refer to as ‘fundamentalism’ — this belief in the literal and inherent nature of the Bible — arose out of the scientific revolution.

Reza Aslan (via azspot)

True! I don’t think any Christian thinker from at least the seventeenth century on back would recognize the way fundamentalists read the Bible or be able to make sense of it.

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Since I quoted Fred Clark’s Contemporary American Version of a story from the Gospel of Luke, I feel I should also share his comments on the New Revised Standard Version translation and what it says about some very current issues:

Let me quote the actual words of Luke 8:40-48, this time from the New Revised Standard Version:

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him.

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.

Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”

When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.”

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.”

When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

This is a story from the Bible about a woman.

This is a story from the Bible about a woman who could not afford health care.

This is a story from the Bible about a woman who could not afford reproductive health care.

This is a story from the Bible about a woman who broke religious rules because she could not afford reproductive health care.

This is a story from the Bible that tells us how Jesus responds to a woman who broke religious rules because she could not afford reproductive health care.

The Gospel of the Lord.

So if some Christian official, authority, scholar, author, activist, advocate, politico, pundit, pastor, priest, bishop, cardinal or pope tries to tell you that religious rules trump women’s need for reproductive health care, ask them about this story. Remind them of it.

Remind them that Jesus rather explicitly showed us otherwise.

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Luke 8:40-48 (Contemporary American Version)

But as he went the people thronged him.

And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.

And Jesus said, “Who taxed me?”

When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, “Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who taxed me?”

And Jesus said, “Somebody hath taxed me: for I perceive that mine religious liberty hath been threatened.”

And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.

And he said unto her, “Unclean slut, get thee hence, for thine womanly impurity hath constrained my religious liberty.”

Courtesy of The Slacktivist.

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One of the chief reasons I am a druid is because “nature spirituality” is important to me. But when I ask myself, “What is nature spirituality? What is ‘nature’?” I find I don’t have any easy answers.

The root of the word “nature” is the Latin “natus”, which means “born”. Nature is that which is born, not made. That which is made is culture, artifice, artificial; that which is born is natural. Nature vs. culture, nature vs. nurture.

You and I were born, not made. Born live from a mother’s womb and suckled at her mammal breast, or by a facsimile thereof, we are nature.  Creatures that hatched from eggs, sprouted from seeds, formed in the earth from heat and stress, they are also nature.

Birds build nests. Beavers build dams. Spiders build webs. Humans build houses, villages, cities. The sleekest, most computerized automobile is made by human art and craft from materials drawn from nature. To make things, to create culture, is part of human nature.

Years ago I read a statement by Z. Budapest to the effect that the Goddess is part of nature because there is nothing outside nature. At the time I did not understand what she was saying, but I think I do now. We talk about things that are supernatural, or paranatural, paranormal, unnatural. But from a pagan perspective, and I think from a Buddhist perspective as well, it’s all nature. Gods and goddesses, angels and demons, land-spirits, animal spirits, all these things are part of nature.There is no super-nature, no way outside nature, no “away” where we can throw things and they won’t affect us. To be a druid is to affirm that Susan Griffin is right:

We know ourselves to be made from this earth.
We know this earth is made from our bodies.
For we see ourselves.
And we are nature.
We are nature seeing nature.
We are nature with a concept of nature.
Nature weeping.
Nature speaking of nature to nature.

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