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Critical race theory has become a football in the US culture wars. Here’s what critical theory is about.

Decolonizing the Mind: The First Step is Knowing You’re Caught

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I have loved what are called “the liberal arts” for most of my life. I can truthfully say that I moved from biblical fundamentalism to a lover of literary Modernism in the wink of an eye. I took one look at T.S. Eliot’s poetry and Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and I was hooked on what I saw that could be communicated… Read More »Decolonizing the Mind: The First Step is Knowing You’re Caught

Broader Horizons 

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The Taoist Zhuangzi (4th century BCE) told this tale: Once there was a frog that lived in a deep, narrow well. He had never seen anything else. One day, a sea turtle came upon the well and shouted down the deep, narrow hole: “Hello! Anybody down there?” “Yes,” said the frog. “Come on down for a visit and see the… Read More »Broader Horizons 

Priests, Prophets, and Process

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“ . . . courage shall fail the king and the officials; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded” (Jeremiah 4:9 NRSV). I don’t remember how I ran across those lines from the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah, but they ring true—fearful, appalled, astounded . . . kings, officials, priests, prophets. Sounds like the headlines, though prime ministers and presidents… Read More »Priests, Prophets, and Process

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Forgetting to Exist

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In order to be spiritually and mentally healthy, it is absolutely imperative that each of us not forget to exist.

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Going Meta with G.K. Chesterton

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We live in stories. We live so deeply and completely in stories that it’s hard to see the narratives that we live inside as narratives. In unexamined life, the stories we have been told and the stories we’ve learned to tell ourselves appear to be “reality.” In order to see the stories for what they are, we have to stop, take a… Read More »Going Meta with G.K. Chesterton

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That Certainty Thing

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As the sacred center of Greek society, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi has long represented the core of European thought. Everyone in Europe and its many colonies knows the first of the injunctions written on the temple’s wall: γνῶθι σεαυτόν (gnōthi seautón, ”know thyself”) Wise and difficult words if ever there were wise and difficult words. And, oh, my,… Read More »That Certainty Thing

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Deconstruction: Party Like It’s 1799

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As a senior minister for a congregation, I attempt to keep up with what’s happening in the world of religion, more or less. The amount of information is daunting, but keeping up with major shifts and movements in US religious practice is part of my job. I realized recently that I had been missing a major phenomenon happening in plain… Read More »Deconstruction: Party Like It’s 1799