Lament of the Jobless

Assignment for Psalms this week:  write a lament psalm.  This is dedicated to all those who were/are jobless.

Lament of the Jobless

O God, why did you create me to fail?

Why must I toss and turn all night under this pile of debt called a home?

Don’t you know, God, the greedy who sleep soundly beneath shelters built of narcissism?

Remember the employee who worked the extra shift, so their kid could go to college, a dream which you planted in my soul!

Remember, God, the conversation we had on the drive from Salt Lake City.

Look at my self-worth which melted faster than a spring snow.

The Judas at the old company has traded my trust for a corner office with a view.

At the eve of my firing they hacked into my email with the clinking of their fingernails on the keyboard.

And then, with rumors and murmurs in the brake room, they smashed all of my dignity.

Do not let the jobless be forgotten and go on unseen;  remember how the greedy sit awkwardly leaning left, hoping no one notices the fattened wallets in their back,right pocket.

Hey YOU!

God, speak out; they mocked you all the time, thinking ‘damn-it”  was your last name.

Do not forget the ruthless who bow to the gods of fortune and fame,

The liturgies of your opponents go on

Like the pounding drip of that damn kitchen faucet I can’t afford to fix.

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Holy Week

Good Friday to you all.  Above a more humorous take on this passion week.  Click on the image for fuller view.

AND, on a more serious note:  if you have time watch this video and if possible watch it in its entirety.

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Padre, Gracias

This afternoon we celebrated  Father Greg Schaffer’s 50 years in ministry.  He has served  the  San Lucas Mission for 47 years.  Father Greg and the Mayan people of San Lucas have played an important role in who I am as a follower of Christ and leader in the church.   Since he was visiting Minnesota, my wife and daughter  finally had the opportunity to meet him and we all ate a Guatemalan meal made by Chona.  Many of those gathered had spent time at the mission.  There was much to celebrate since a  hospital, schools, businesses, housing and more  have been created since his arrival.  Yet, as usual, Father Greg pointed to God’s work through all of us and reminded us that , just as he has, we too have so much to gain from listening to the Mayan people.  Thank you -Father Greg- for reminding us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and be in solidarity with those in poverty.

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First Third: Theological Dialogues on Youth Ministry

I attended First Third:  Theological  Dialogues on Youth Ministry earlier this week.  Two theologians who have done significant theological reflection in this area, Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean, lead the conversations.  Youth ministry has historically not been a location where theological reflection has been taken seriously, and rarely done at all.  Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt moderated the conversations which invited questions and feedback via twitter and listeners.  These conversations really matter because it changes the way youth ministry should be approached:  out of experiences of God’s activity in/with/for the world.  I left this conference with a sense of validation in my own theological commitments: that God brings life out of death and the way we experience such power is through the Crucified One.  As a person who stands on the edge of graduation it’s encouraging to  be accompanied by fellow leaders who hope for what I do–practicing ministry out of deep commitments.  As a present/future leader….what I hope for is to listen to the honesty of the youth, accompany parents on their spiritual journey and always be kerygmatic about the power God possess to raise the dead and be present in our deepest despair.

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Justin Townes Earle


Justin Townes Earle
played the Turf Club last Thursday night, churning out country tunes till Friday morning.  Flanked by a violin and upright bass, this son of Steve Earle played one of the most entertaining shows I’ve witnessed in some time.  The bow tie certainly added to the experience.  Thanks for reading and listening.  Peace.

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I Like Maps

I like maps.  Here is one correlating geography and terms used for pop…or….soda…or whatever you call it.    Full Size of Map HERE.

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What Are We?

Corporations are Citizens-What are We? by William J. Astore

Commentary and reflection on the recent Supreme Court decision.  The article says much about who we might be and where we might be going.  Interesting.

Above photo by Barbara Kruger.

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