My brother Mark over at Jesus Manifesto posted a short but incisive and strong reflection on being white in America, titled A Mountain of Bones – see link below.
Mark, as a brown brother I want to applaud your honesty and openness. By the way just like in Ezekiel, I can hear the rumble of the drums, the songs and the dance of the bones coming back with life.
A Mountain of Bones : Jesus Manifesto
I live at the pinnacle of a great mountain of the bones of the oppressed. Native Americans and African Americans and Latino Americans and others died to give their bones to my mountain. As a white man in the Americas, I was born profoundly privileged…even though I grew up in the lower class or at least lower-middle class. My place in the world (and in the Church) is lofty.
The land for my mountain was taken from Native Americans–like the Ojibwe and Sioux. The foundation was laid, in part, by the sweat and blood of African slaves. And every week a Latino gardener comes to tend the shrubs and flowers at my home on the pinnacle of my mountain.
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Call for Stories!
20-Somethings Living Alternatively
For an upcoming issue of the Seed Sampler, the monthly e-zine of Mustard Seed Associates, we are focusing on “20-Somethings Living Alternatively.” We are looking for stories and examples from college students and young professionals who are seeking to live into the king of God that is already here. How have you responded to the call to be part of God’s redeeming work in the world?
Some of you are living in radical intentional community. Some of you grow vegetables without pesticides. Others are volunteering regularly with inner-city kids or homeless families, while still others are throwing regular parties to celebrate family, friends, and life together. You advocate, study Scripture, reject consumerism, paint, sing, dance, pray, and love. We want to hear about it.
Please send your stores and examples to Judy Naegeli at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 14th, 2008. They may be included in the May issue of the Seed Sampler. If you do not already receive the Seed Sampler by email, sign up at www.msainfo.org
The MSA team has just been on a 2 day retreat. It was wonderful to get away to relax, refresh and to refocus our lives. The main purpose of the retreat was to brainstorm about developing an MSA rule of life. Here are some of our thoughts on where we are at in the process. I would appreciate any comments that you might have. We recognize that this will always be a rather fluid document that is still very much in its infancy so it will continue to change and develop over the next few months.
Why a rule of life you might ask? We sense that God’s spirit is currently speaking through many voices about the need for a more embodied, incarnational faith and we want to join in what God is doing. Developing a rule of life seems to be an important step in that process. According to the Northumbria Community, “a Rule of life expresses ‘who we are, this is our story’ and reminds us of those things God has put on our heart, and calls us back to the story that God has written as foundational.”
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