Learning · Listening · Reflecting

More difficult topics

Reading about Black Theology of Liberation as developed by James H. Cone:

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James H. Cone, 2011.

A Black Theology of Liberation, James H. Cone, 1990.

Black Theology & Black Power, James H. Cone, 1969.

Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin, 1953.

Strange Fruit: The Cross and the Lynching Tree (video of James Cone lecturing at Harvard Divinity School)

James Cone: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church (video)

Religion & Violence: James Cone Interview (video)

Bill Moyers Journal: James Cone (video)

https://livingchurch.org/2018/05/14/the-glorious-complicated-legacy-of-james-h-cone/

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/first-person/what-i-learned-student-james-cones (there are links on this to other articles)

Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit” (video)

Hope to have thoughts as I read, listen, reflect and learn more.

 

Love · Reflecting

Love

LOVE
by Czesław Miłosz

Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills.
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.

As read here except color highlights added by me.

Parker Palmer reflected on these words with respect to the meaning of life here.

Love · Reflecting

Wild Geese, a poem by Mary Oliver

WILD GEESE

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile, the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

Over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

With a perspective on welcoming the different parts of yourself by Patty de Llosa here.

Reflecting · Words

paradox

As read here:

The Angels and the Furies
by May Sarton

1

Have you not wounded yourself
And battered those you love
By sudden motions of evil,
Black rage in the blood
When the soul, premier danseur,
Springs toward a murderous fall?
The furies possess you.

2

Have you not surprised yourself
Sometimes by sudden motions
Or intimations of goodness,
When the soul, premier danseur,
Perfectly poised,
Could shower blessings
With a graceful turn of the head?
The angels are there.

3

The angels, the furies
Are never far away
While we dance, we dance,
Trying to keep a balance
To be perfectly human
(Not perfect, never perfect,
Never an end to growth and peril),
Able to bless and forgive
Ourselves.
This is what is asked of us.

4

It is light that matters,
The light of understanding.
Who has ever reached it
Who has not met the furies again and again?
Who has reached it without
Those sudden acts of grace?

Reflecting · Seeing

Thoughts?

Fire has been devastating this summer, and it’s only July 1. But even before the conflagration in Colorado over the past weeks, I came across this item while on a walk. It lay in the street next the sidewalk. My curiosity is piqued: what could possibly have led to this? If you have any thoughts, please let me know. Frankly, I shudder to think…

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Reflecting

I’m really liking Sara Miles

“In the verse, Moses foreshadowed Jesus with an unusual emphasis on experienced grace rather than codified religious law. “Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away,” he told his people. “It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” — Sara Miles on Deuteronomy in Take This Bread

“…it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” It’s that close. Amen.