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    • Raoul Peck on Patrice Lumumba and the Making of a Martyr January 17, 2021
      Today marks the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Émery Lumumba (1925-1961), a leader of the Congolese independence movement who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) and who throughout much of his adult life resisted colonialism and corporatism.As I noted this time […]
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    • Photo of the Day January 15, 2021
      See also the previous Wild Reed posts:• The Mysticism of Trees• Cosmic Connection• Holy Encounters Where Two Worlds Meet• The Landscape Is a MirrorImage: Michael J. Bayly.
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    • Winding Bilgrimage Down as 2021 Begins January 1, 2021
      As readers may have divined, I've been slowly winding Bilgrimage down, and with the new year, will likely not be posting any longer. I'm making this decision largely because I find my energy waning after I turned 70 this past March. Ages are only points on a graph, but even so, I do find my energy decreasing now that I'm a senior citizen — alo […]
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    • What Commentators Are Saying to Evangelicals Speaking Out — Finally! — about Idolatry of Trump: "It's about Time. But It's Too Late" December 15, 2020
      Some valuable recent commentary about the dangerous idolatory of Christian Trumpism:Heather Cox Richardson, "Letters from an American: December 13, 2020": In an important move today, evangelical leader Beth Moore, the founder of Living Proof Ministries, a Bible-based women's group from Houston, Texas, who has almost a million followers on Twit […]
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    • A saint for the millenials: Carlo Acutis beatified today in Assisi. October 10, 2020
       A saint for the millenials: the young Italian teen, Carlo Acutis, who died in 2006 of galloping Leukemia, will be beatified today in Assisi by Pope Francis (last step before being officially declared a saint). Carlo came from a luke warm Catholic family, but at the age of 7, when he received his first 'Holy Communion', he displayed an astonishing […]
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    • Ronan Park and Jack Vidgen: The Travails of Gay Pop Stars October 28, 2019
      (Jack Vidgen)Quite by accident, through a comment from a performance arts colleague of mine, I stumbled across the recent bios of two boy teen singing sensations, both of whom made a big splash worldwide 8 years ago. The first, Jack Vidgen, won Australia's Got Talent Contest in 2011 at the age of 14, primarily for his powerful renditions of Whitney Hust […]
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    • Riot aftermath January 15, 2021
      It's been hard to write a blog post lately. I'm still thinking about the Capitol riot. Every day brings new information about it, and it only gets worse. It appears likely that some Republican House members helped the rioters, giving them tours and stategic info days before the riot ... Republican lawmakers are accused of giving Capitol tours to in […]
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Mary Daly and the Invitation to Explore Wild Ideas about Inclusivity: A Memorial Reflection by Regina Heater

The following memorial of theologian Mary Daly, who died 3 January, is from Regina Heater, a theologian and writer who maintains the Sacredfisher blog and is a reader of Open Tabernacle.

In January 1993, as a Christian Education major at a United Methodist college, I journeyed to Nashville, TN to meet staff members from several General Boards of the United Methodist Church, including editors of church publications and curriculum. The church had just published its latest version of The Book of Worship, a guide to liturgical celebration in the church, from Sunday liturgy to weddings, funerals and Love Feasts. This revised Book of Worship encompassed changes to liturgy that included a more inclusive approach to language about God, changes that went hand-in-hand with the publication of the NRSV translation of the Bible in 1989. The NRSV specifically counted as an improvement over the RSV changes “making it clear where the original texts intend to include all humans, male and female, and where they intend to refer only to the male or female gender.” Continue reading

Holy Stories and Marginalized Communities: Shift to New Readings of Scripture in the Churches Today

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In its liturgical calendar for December, the Catholic church celebrates each year a devotion to the Virgin Mary that has deep roots in and strong resonance for Latin American Catholicism.  For those living in places in which there are not large concentrations of people from that part of the world, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe often comes and goes without notice.

I’ve long had a particular interest in the Guadalupe story, however—for personal reasons.  My father died late on the night of the Guadalupe feast.  And I later made a life-altering pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, at a period in which I was searching for my vocational path and needed to pray with others desperate to find meaning in their lives.  In what follows, I’d like to reflect on the significance I’ve come to see in the Guadalupe story as I’ve struggled with it over the years—and, in particular, for what this story of the appearance of an Aztec holy maiden to an Aztec peasant implies about the ownership and interpretation of holy stories, including the biblical narratives. Continue reading