• From today’s newsletter: “In the end, much of our attempted diplomacy ends up being little more than negotiating around the edges of an inferno. Or some polite conversation amidst unmitigated theft and plunder.”

  • There are worse ways to start the day than with a couple loaves of pumpkin-raisin sourdough.

  • One of our wintertime companions.

  • Midwestern autumn.

  • “Whiteness comes to rest in space. The maturity whiteness aims at always forms segregated spaces. It forms lives lived in parallel, whether separated by miles or inches. It constructs bordered life, life lived in separate endeavors of wish fulfillment.”

    Willie James Jennings

  • Sourdough crust, homemade tomato sauce, pickled jalapeños, bacon, mozzarella, & ricotta. Can’t begin to describe how tasty this was!

  • New bedtime reading.

  • Saint Dorothy has joined Saint Ida on my study wall.

  • Still.

  • Autumn shadows at the Indiana National Lakeshore.

  • “Too often the price exacted by society for security and respectability is that the Christian movement in its formal expression must be on the side of the strong against the weak.”

    Howard Thurman

  • “Is it not possible to protest, to expose, to complain, to point out abuses and demand reforms without desiring the overthrow of religion?”

    Dorothy Day, 1933

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Jackson Park.

  • LAS ✈️ MDW

  • Prayer is never other than a sequel, a consequence, a response, to the word of invitation. If it is not God who is speaking, then there is nothing. The relationship is begun before the idea of praying occurs to us. I never have the initiative.

    Jacques Ellul

  • An afternoon in Jackson Park.

  • Just learned that A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold and Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited were published the same year, 1949. A coincidence, but one that is oddly affirming of the intersection of racial and ecological justice at which I want to spend more time.

  • A nice walk along the beach to the Ludington lighthouse. Social distancing is pretty easy around here.

  • A drizzly, hazy, and beautiful hike alongside the Manistee River in Michigan.

  • “[Jesus] recognized fully that out of the heart are the issues of life and that no external force, however great and overwhelming, can at long last destroy a people if it does not first win the victory of the spirit against them.”

    Howard Thurman

  • A visual metaphor for these days.

  • Join me on Thursday for a conversation with Rev. Dr. @ProfeChaoRomero, @ivpress author of the newly released Brown Church: Five Generations of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity.

  • “Our American Christians are too busy saving the souls of white Christians from burning in hell-fire to save the lives of black ones from present burning in fires kindled by white Christians.”

    • Ida B. Wells

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