The Importance of Anger

Development workers and mediators, amongst others, tend to want to cool down the flames, to lighten the mood, to diffuse loudness and verbal aggression, to “resolve conflict” and “restore beauty.”  Yet without conflict, tension, and anger, we make very little progress, except for a short time at the surface.  Anger is authentic when experienced as […]

Tips for Being a Faithful Clergyman from a Peruvian Priest

Some pointers from Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez (paraphrased from A Theology of Liberation): 1) Your duty is to denounce social sin – the systems that oppress and alienate people. 2) Don’t make general statements. Take positions on specific events. 3) Practice kenotic love. Being a true human being requires denying yourself some luxuries as a demonstration […]

Hardcore Music, Effective Fundraising, & the Widow’s Coin

What do noisy music, raising money, and land theft have in common? Nothing, it seems. That was my first thought when a friend recently invited me on a brief tour with his band (based in New England), offering the space to sell some jewelry and reach out to music lovers on behalf of Solidarity Uganda. […]

Kingdom of God understood in Mathematical Figures

Although not rejecting all aspects of the above models, Gutierrez considers them insufficient, having dichotomized the activity of the faith community. He instead suggests that “the building of a just society…the process of liberation is…a salvific work.”

The Spiritual Dimensions of Liberation

These relationships and dimensions of liberation are all spiritual insofar as “to know God is to do justice,” a prominent understanding of the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth.

Total Liberation Model

Created by Phil Wilmot (mistakes are mine), but derived from Gustavo Gutierrez’s work on Liberation Theology

Responding to a Dream

I would have never imagined God speaking to me through a dream.  Nor would I have ever trusted anyone telling me God spoke to them through a dream.  So out of fairness, feel free to disregard the entire story below.  I have no credible evidence, nor even a desire to prove that what I’m about […]

Spiritual Worldview and Worship Music: America v. Uganda

Today I attended a worship service at a church which I believe is struggling to authentically enact and understand the radical communion (“common union”) of the Kingdom reality.  Its musical worship did not consistently feel like it measured up to this commitment, though. Week after week, in this church and in others, I find myself […]

Evangelical Pennsylvania’s Diluted Faith

In the town where I grew up, every church is pretty much an evangelical church.  The poorly-attended mainline and Catholic churches are usually no exception.  The language clergy use is highly individualistic and the “goal” of most congregations is to get more people into heaven (i.e. “accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior”). […]

Christmas: What Ugandan Dictators can learn from the late Roman Tyrants

What President of the NRM regime, Yoweri K. Museveni, must learn from the late Roman tyrants (the richest, most powerful people in world history, given inflation), whose power was threatened by the birth of a little Jewish kid in a barn: If you want to steal land to expand your empire, train your men under […]