Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"They are the earliest painted portraits that have survived; they were painted whilst the Gospels of the New Testament were being written. Why then do they strike us today as being so immediate? Why does their individuality feel like our own? Why is their look more contemporary than any look to be found in the rest of the two millennia of traditional European art which followed them? The Fayum portraits touch us, as if they had been painted last month. Why? This is the riddle.” -- John Berger, from “The Fayum Portraits”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."

-- Martin Luther King Jr., The Other America, 1968

"And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it." -- Luke 19:41 (KJV)

Monday, November 24, 2014

"God far exceeds all words that we can here express. In silence he is heard, in silence worshipped best." 

-- Angelus Silesius

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“Imagine that the world is a circle, that God is the center, and that the radii are the different ways human beings live. When those who wish to come closer to God walk towards the center of the circle, they come closer to one another at the same time as to God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another. And the closer they come to one another, the closer they come to God.”

-- Dorotheus of Gaza, 6th century monk, (Instructions VI)

Friday, November 21, 2014

"You must descend from your head to your heart.  At present your thoughts of God are in your head.  And God Himself is as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior.  Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds of mosquitoes in the summer." 

-- St. Theophan

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hundreds of transgender people are murdered each year for being themselves. Countless more suffer harrassment, violence and ostracism.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"In Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan, we are asked this question: 'Who is my neighbor?' While this parable has challenged many types of prejudices based on race, ethnicity, gender, interfaith, and even sexual orientation, I want us to lift up another community that needs to be seen and understood as neighbor: the transgender community. ... This parable speaks particularly about compassion toward those that the most religiously self-righteous deplore and harm."

-- Rev. David Weekley, A Christian Calling For Transgender Day Of Remembrance

"Evangelicals are interesting in a lot of ways. One of the ways they’re interesting is that they claim such an unparalleled authority for the Bible but tend to be resistant to recognizing the forces that affect how the Bible is read, including personal loyalties and life experiences and emotional commitments, convictions and feelings. On the other side, there’s often a refusal to recognize that we don’t just have scriptural texts, we have traditions of interpreting those texts. We have even the selection of which texts will be important and which texts will drop to the periphery."

-- David Gushee, Nobody Is Innocent: Sexual Ethics, Suffering, and Full Inclusion for LGBT Christians