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Earth Day, 50 years: A Liturgy – April 20, 2020

Earth Day, 50 years: A Liturgy – April 20, 2020

Earth Day – April 20, 2020 – Central PA   Song – “Todo Cambia,” Merdeces Sosa Introduction   Greetings everyone. I greet you from the land of the indigenous people: Delaware, Susquehannock, Shawnee, and Iroquois. Blessed be them! Their land was stolen and taken away.   I would never imagine that I would preach from a backyard for James Chapel one day. I love James Chapel a very special place, a place where I have been visited by God so many times. But today we are here living under the Pandemic and many of us in our homes. We pray for…

Being Church As We Live With COVID19 – Challenges and Demands – Cláudio Carvalhaes

Being Church As We Live With COVID19 – Challenges and Demands – Cláudio Carvalhaes

Being the Church as we live with COVID19[1] Cláudio Carvalhaes   What Is This Virus Doing To Us?   Coronavirus has come to stay with us for a while. Exactly how long, we don’t know. How many people will be affected, we don’t know. This moment is asking us to reimagine our lives and ways of being, which at the moment includes the way congregations’ worship since we cannot gather together in person right now.   With this text, I want to spark conversation about how to be the church at this time, trying to open up some liturgical-theological options…

Theopoetics in Revolution: The Life of Ernesto Cardenal

Theopoetics in Revolution: The Life of Ernesto Cardenal

There is so much we could say about our precious Ernesto Cardenal. One is his influence on so many people. Jewish liberation theologian Marc Ellissays of the influence of liberation theologians and Cardenal: “As a Jew, after Auschwitz and as I began to understand what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinian people, my encounter with Christian theologies of liberation was a God-send. It was less its Christian focus; I encountered there a human hope, that through struggle, I, with others, could become a sign of hope in the world… On the day Cardenal died, decades after I…

Cambia, todo cambia en este mundo / Change, everything changes in this world

Cambia, todo cambia en este mundo /  Change, everything changes in this world

  Cambia todo cambia en este mundo / Change, everything changes in this world Hispanic Summer Program – San Antonio 2019   Cambia, todo cambia Cambia, todo cambia   Change, everything changes Change, everything changes   Asi canta Mecedes Sosa. This is what Mecedes Sosa sings.   Life is made of change. Nothing stays the same. Our lives are but a sequence of changes, either is some slow-motion transformations of abrupt refigurations.   Cambia, todo cambia Change, everything changes   Change la senora que hace las tortillas, and the bus driver Change our teachers at school and the dulces we…