Maybe I failed, maybe I needed to…

There’s a line in a song called “I’m Ready” by a band called Jack’s Mannequin that says “I wake up to find it’s another four aspirin morning and I dive in”. I can’t tell you the last time I actually heard that song but, this morning I could feel it. I felt that song, that […]

Experiential Alterity…

  In the forward to his book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen writes that the objective of the text is to “stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that – ‘They themselves are the makers of themselves’ by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage” (5). Allen goes on to say […]

The Womb of the Social: Nurturing the Birth of ‘Mothering’ Contractions

Gustavo Guiterrez writes that “Human history has been written by a white hand, a male hand, from the dominating social class” (1976, 6). Guiterrez goes on to say explain that “Attempts have been made to wipe from their minds the memories of their struggles” but, “This is to deprive them of a source of energy, […]

Is Religion Part of the Problem?

The second entry in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (2011) defines religion as “a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices.” While this is certainly a concise, applicable, and usable definition of religion, and though it is seemingly conducive to how the text has sought surmise the basic description and functionality of […]

Christian Consumerism

Annie Leonard makes clear in The Story of Stuff that “Our primary identity has become that of being consumers – not mothers, teachers, or farmers, but of consumers. We shop and shop and shop” (Leonard, Priggen, & Fox, 2007). Certainly today’s mass media, mass marketing, and mass producing endeavors of the supermarket and megastore have […]

The Economy of Justice…

In his book, T.A.Z., Hakim Bey describes the functionality of the strategic socio-political creation of temporary zones or spaces which defy all formalized and authoritative structuring. Bey calls these spaces, “Temporary Autonomous Zones,” or T.A.Z. for short. Here he suggests that the most effective way to create social relationships free from the influence of hierarchal […]

The Violence of Humility

One of the classes I’ve been taking this semester as part of my Undergraduate program in Religion is “Myth and Ritual.” This class has been positively awash with lively discussion. As part of our multicultural and multiregional exploration of the role, place, significance, and meaning of societal myth we recently read and examined an African […]

For the want of another term…

I feel the hindrance of the unheard Spilt milk Curdled in my prime I cry But without rhyme or reason Betrayed at birth Given to the worse The evils of two lessers The fork in the road What’s behind door number two? Afraid to ask Afraid to find out Just another consolation prize Take your […]

Absolutes…?

A few months ago I found myself stationed in a leather backed chair sitting before an ornate wooden desk being given an audience with the occupier of that desk. I was in the study of a local pastor. I was rambling incessantly or more accurately pulling myself into a thousand different conversational directions as I […]

Slide Sick Slide

Slide sick slide Your cylindrical eyes Psychically circling Your serpentine signs Smile sick smile In cyclical style Cynically sending The snake’s soil beguiled “Say it ain’t so” So young a sad soldier Fortune sent sailing When signing sin’s holder We are sons of saints and serial killers The sell out daughters of imperial pillars Silence […]