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Birds, People, Then Religion—An Eco-Liberation Theological and Pedagogical Approach to Interreligious Rituals

Birds, People, Then Religion—An Eco-Liberation Theological and Pedagogical Approach to Interreligious Rituals

In this article, the author wrestles with a possible common ground for interreligious theological dialogue and engagement as they relate to educational processes and ritual practices. Rituals and theories must be brought together to help us put thought and practice together. In order to do this, we need to start where it hurts, in our own suffering, which is the ground zero for many religions. This article narrates a group of students who create a ritual that engages the “colonial wound.” The article suggests that we must listen to the birds so we can listen to the wounds of the…

The Prophetic: That Which Keeps Us Alive

The Prophetic: That Which Keeps Us Alive

“The Prophetic: That Which Keeps Us Alive” McCormick Theological Seminary, October 22-23, 2014 Opening lecture: “Fire, ashes, bread, water and Spirit: that which keeps us alive”   Dear Sisters and Brothers, may the peace of Christ be with you! First of all let me start with a prayer from the Native American Osage Nation; “Grandmother! Grandfather! Sacred One Above and Sacred One Below. Thank you for this day, for life itself, and especially for this gathering of relatives in the struggle for liberation.”[1]   I am so glad you came to McCormick days. I thank our precious Nannette Banks who organized…

Preaching in the 21st century: Metaphors and ideologies

Preaching in the 21st century: Metaphors and ideologies

“Preaching is seeing the gap between what we live and what we imagine we are living, getting deeply involved with the poor and dismantling the ideological political economic apparatus of control and destruction that structures our lives under signs of ‘justice’ while it continues to undermines our lives.” … Preaching for the 21st century must be a collective event and not an individual one anymore. Preaching is a combination of collective and critically reading our reality, seeing the gap between what we live and what we imagine we are living, getting deeply involved with the poor and dismantling the ideological…