Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meditation: “Peace on Earth” is a call to action

Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day to all of you! What are you doing to honor the legacy of Dr. King today? Please, let us allow ourselves to be disturbed and transformed on this national holiday. This is not a day for sentimental history lessons. It is not a day to rest nor … Continue reading Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meditation: “Peace on Earth” is a call to action

Three steps to changes, inspired by Dr. King

Throughout the United States we will honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a holiday next week. Some of us will attend parades or prayer services to feed our souls with the words of good speakers and the sound of great music. Many will participate in the National Day of Service. … Continue reading Three steps to changes, inspired by Dr. King

King’s mountaintop is an Easter invitation for everyone

Happy Easter! And, blessed day of the martyrdom of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  to you all! Rev. King was shot on this day, April 4th, 1968 — 50 years ago. He was only 39 years old. The night before he was killed he gave his final speech, a prophetic message of ringing with … Continue reading King’s mountaintop is an Easter invitation for everyone

Thanks be to God for Reverend King!

On January 15, 1929, a child of God was born.  On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated. Forty three years later this holy man, Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., still speaks to the issues that concern us. Here you can meet him and his gentle, yet radical approach to loving: As I rest and dream … Continue reading Thanks be to God for Reverend King!

MLK Day and choosing white discomfort

I don’t believe that remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and the movement that he represented is supposed to be comfortable for us white folks. And I wonder what we might learn if, on this national holiday created in his honor, we were to sit with his speeches that most challenge — not affirm — our … Continue reading MLK Day and choosing white discomfort

Peace beyond corners

My most vivid memories of elementary school are from second grade. I had spiked hair (I’m not sure if it was cool back then or not), lost many of my baby teeth (earning a special certificate with each one) and played lots of playground football games. However, these were not my most important or formative … Continue reading Peace beyond corners

Baltimore Life, Abundant and Boiling

Note from Sister Julia: I have asked my good friend and occasional Messy Jesus Business contributor, Amy Nee-Walker, to share her perspective on the recent events in Baltimore for our readers this week. Amy and her husband Ted presently live in the Jonah House community in Baltimore with their one-year-old son. Here are her responses to my questions. … Continue reading Baltimore Life, Abundant and Boiling

Peace, as the shepherds knew it

Merry Christmas! Yes, my celebrating continues. My rejoicing in the coming of God to earth is not about candy canes or toys. Nope, Christmas Every Day is all about peace and peacemaking and it’s not necessarily cozy and sweet.  Christmas peace is challenging and communal. My life seems pretty peaceful nowadays, and it is a … Continue reading Peace, as the shepherds knew it

preparing, minus materialism

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be … Continue reading preparing, minus materialism

Beyond bombing: Better options for transformation

The president’s speech made me feel awful last night. Of course, all the news about the terror that ISIS is causing in Iraq and surrounding areas is making me feel very awful too. Still, my gut told me the solutions proposed were not right. Similarly, no justification for the U.S. military’s current air strikes have made … Continue reading Beyond bombing: Better options for transformation