John Pavlovitz – To The Men on the Other Side of #MeToo

John Pavlovitz

This is a strong word that needs to be heard by all of us, men, in the context of the #MeToo campaing. Listen:

As I watched my social media feeds fill up over the past two days, with hundreds of #MeToo hashtags from women sharing their firsthand experience of sexual harassment or assault, I began to grieve.

I grieved for the sheer volume of the revelations, realizing they will still only barely scratch the surface; how many more women are too traumatized, too protective of their privacy, or simply not yet ready to make such personal declarations to an invisible assembly of relative strangers—many of them, the very kinds of men responsible for these wounds. I know how many more women are carrying these terrible stories around and do not want to tell them.

And that’s the thing: they shouldn’t have to.

No survivor of violence should be compelled to unearth their hidden scars in order to reach those responsible for them. Men, the onus should not be on women who have been harassed or assaulted, to expose themselves to further injury just to show us the scale and the depth of our own sickness. This is our responsibility. We should be the ones doing the soul excavation and the mirror-gazing, and we should be the ones now openly confessing our #MeToo’s, in these moments when the world is watching.

We should be the ones making ourselves vulnerable; the ones sharing with our circles of friends, loved ones, business associates, church friends, and social media acquaintances; how complicit we are in this vile epidemic. 

This isn’t the time for each of us to broadcast our self-created good guy resumes, to defend our personal virtue, or to imagine why these are all some other guy’s stories—because that’s largely the point here: these are probably our stories.

The wounds of the #MeToo’s are likely ones we have been responsible for inflicting, if not in personal acts of aggression:

In the times we stood silently in the company of a group of catcalling men; too cowardly to speak in a woman’s defense.
In the way we’ve voraciously consumed pornography without a second thought of the deep humanity and the beautiful stories beneath the body parts.
In the times we pressured a woman to give more of herself than she felt comfortable giving, and how we justified ourselves after we had.
In the times we laughed along with a group of men speaking words that denied the intrinsic value of women.
In the times we used the Bible to justify our misogyny.
In the times we defended predatory bragging as simply “locker room talk.”

In the times we imagined our emotional proximity to a woman entitled us to physical liberties.

Guys, while we may not believe we have committed direct acts of violence against women (however given the statistics, this is quite likely), we have each participated in a culture of misogyny and sexism that continues to victimize and traumatize, to steal safety and generate fear, to deny humanity and to cultivate disrespect. We are fully complicit in these #MeToo stories, whether we have intentionally acted, contributed unknowingly, nurtured with our silence, multiplied with our laughter, our cosigned with our credit cards.

And in these days, we should not be expecting women to further make themselves vulnerable just to wake our consciences up and to call us to places of decency and accountability that we should already be aspiring to.

We should be the ones stepping from the shadows right now.
We should be the one laying our souls bare.
We should be risking the judgment of strangers.
We should be the ones demanding renovation.

We are the other side of the #MeToo stories.
We are the writers of these awful stories.
It’s time we owned this sickness.
It’s time we stopped it. 

(Source, HERE)

 

 

 

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What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change – Public Orthodoxy

Source: What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change – Public Orthodoxy

O blatantly neoliberal view of ecology – with the worship of the so-called ‘free market’ and wild capitalism included; a genuine ‘gospel according to capitalism’.
And, of course, very critical of the biblical and theological critique made by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch to the incessant and unmoderated search for profit with the excuse of looking for the illusionaary greatest good for most people, in spite of the worrying growing disparity between the richesst and the poorest of this world.

Russell Moore: White supremacy angers Jesus, but does it anger his church? – The Washington Post

Source: Russell Moore: White supremacy angers Jesus, but does it anger his church? – The Washington Post

I would have never imagined I will one day be so enthusiastic after reading a text written by a Southern Baptist. But here it is. Yes! Well done, Russell Moore!

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

Source: Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

A good word, from a man of God.

Hospitality in an Age of Terror – The Institute of Middle East Studies

Source: Hospitality in an Age of Terror – The Institute of Middle East Studies

Sousie Lahoud of hospitality as a Christian virtue in the age of terror

A Blog Post in which I Get Belligerent about Theological Belligerence – Pete Enns

Source: A Blog Post in which I Get Belligerent about Theological Belligerence – Pete Enns

Something worth pondering. I am sure you are not guity of this, but I am, so this is promarily for me.

Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

Source: Wealth Creation Manifesto | Mats Tunehag

This is an evangelical document thamt needs careful attention in the current wworld situation, and the relatine disentrest of churchees in world economics.

Pr Ioan-Florin Florescu – Copii pentru țară sau o țară pentru copii?

Pr. Florescu, un om foarte drag sufletului meu, a publicat din nou un text extrem de curajos, aproape profetic, a propos de ideea, cel putin neinspirata, ca sa nu spun mai mult, a Mitropolitului Andrei de la Cluj exprimata recent la Marsul pentru viata. Iata inceputul acestui text scris Pr Florescu pe blogul sau:

Mitropolitul Clujului a numărat zilele trecute de câți copii are nevoie o familie și i-au ieșit trei: „unul pentru tata, unul pentru mama și unul pentru țară și biserică”. Să mă ierte Părintele Mitropolit, dar în țara unde, nu chiar demult, altcineva a numărat până la patru, cu consecințele pe care le știm, poate ar fi bine ca măcar o vreme să nu mai numere nimeni copiii românilor.

        Problema natalității nu se rezolvă prin presiuni asupra părinților. Acestea sunt ineficiente, dar mai ales imorale. Biserica binecuvintează căsătoria și nașterea copiilor, dar e numai dreptul părinților să decidă când și câți copii să facă. Pentru că nimeni nu împarte cu ei nici responsabilitatea aducerii lor pe lume, nici greutățile creșterii lor.

        M-am cam săturat de predici pentru părinți. Aș vrea să aud din partea ierarhilor noștri câteva predici pentru miniștri și pentru parlamentari, adică pentru cei care au datoria să adopte o legislație care să ajute familia și copiii, așa cum se întâmplă în țările din vestul Europei. Oare chiar nu înțelegem că, în România, scăderea natalității are legătură în mod direct cu viața oamenilor de la un salariu la altul și cu nesiguranța zilei de mâine în care trăiesc cele mai multe familii? Așa stau lucrurile, dincolo de predici frumoase și cuvinte mari.

        Ca dovadă, cei mai mulți copii români se nasc de câțiva ani nu în țară, ci în afara țării (cu o treime mai mulți, arată statisticile), adică acolo unde părinții lor au dreptul la o viață decentă și unde guvernele sprijină familiile cu copii.

Cititi AICI intreg textul.

And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan … – The New York Times

suflet de bancher și socoteli meschine | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Source: suflet de bancher și socoteli meschine | JURNAℓ SCOȚIAN

Pr Florescu se enerveaaza din nou, a cita oara, si pe buna dreptate, de timpeniile pe care le spun romanii cu vaza.

7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel in a Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture – Carey Nieuwhof

Culture is changing rapidly before our eyes. Here are 7 important ways for Christians to live out the Gospel in a post-truth, post-fact culture.

Source: 7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel in a Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture – Carey Nieuwhof

Here are Carey’s suggestions:

1. Anchor yourself to what’s true
2. Stop the spin
3. Confess your role in it
4. Embrace love
5. Keep some distance from your political positions
6. Love people who oppose you
7. Hope

Not easy. But who says living in truth should be easy?

Andrew Postman – My Dad Predicted Trump in 1985 – It’s not Orwell, He Warned, It’s Brave New World

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Neil Postman’s son, Andrew, writes for The Guardian, an article in which he suggests that, given the mess in which our world is, in the age of Trump and post-truth, we could get more insight about it from his father’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death, than from Orwell’s book 1984, as it was intensely (and effectively – as proven by the sudden increase in the sales of this book) suggested lately.

I share here a few excerpts of this brilliant article, in the hope this will motivate you to read it in its entirety.

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The central argument of Amusing Ourselves is simple: there were two landmark dystopian novels written by brilliant British cultural critics – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell – and we Americans had mistakenly feared and obsessed over the vision portrayed in the latter book (an information-censoring, movement-restricting, individuality-emaciating state) rather than the former (a technology-sedating, consumption-engorging, instant-gratifying bubble).

“We were keeping our eye on 1984,” my father wrote. “When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.”

Unfortunately, there remained a vision we Americans did need to guard against, one that was percolating right then, in the 1980s. The president was a former actor and polished communicator. Our political discourse (if you could call it that) was day by day diminished to soundbites (“Where’s the beef?” and “I’m paying for this microphone” became two “gotcha” moments, apparently testifying to the speaker’s political formidableness).Read More »

Andrei Gaitanaru – Initiafrica pentru familie

Andre Gaitanaru a publicat recent, pe platforma Contributors, un text foarte consistent, legat de initiativa asa-numitei Aliante pentru Familie, privind modificarea Constitutiei in sensul definitiei familiei ca uniunea intre un barbat si o femeie.

Redau mai jos citeva fragmente semnificative din acest text, care incearca sa sugereze necesitatea unei dezbateri reale, pe argumente, in legatura cu aceasta initiativa (sublinierile cu aldine imi apartin).

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Proiectul de modificare a modului în care este definită familia în cadrul Constituției, susținut de mai multe Biserici creștine, a fost o greșeală. Nu susțin acest lucru în pofida faptului că sunt ortodox, ci tocmai pentru că sunt unul sau, cel puțin, pentru că încerc să fiu unul. Ceea ce înseamnă că mă străduiesc să cunosc pe cât pot de bine tradiția Sfinților Părinți ai Bisericii și să o interiorizez prin intermediul vieții bisericești. …urmărind chestiunea schimbării modului în care familia este definită în Constituție, am ajuns treptat la concluzia că Inițiativa a pornit de la o îngrijorare legitimă pentru modul în care Creștinismul înțelege lumea, dar a sfârșit prin a acționa pe coclauri străine acestuia.

Pot creștinii să impună la nivelul Constituției o definiție a familiei și a căsătoriei conformă antropologiei creștine? Dacă ne grăbim să spunem că da, ar trebui să ne întrebăm atunci de ce nu mergem ceva mai departe. De ce, de pildă, creștinii ortodocși nu ar cere scoaterea în afara legii a celorlalte culte. În fond, conform Ortodoxiei, la noi este învățătura cea dreaptă. Celelalte confesiuni sunt, ca atare, mai mult sau mai puțin heterodoxe. Iar alte culte sunt de-a dreptul erezii. Câtă vreme avem majoritatea, de ce să nu impunem restrângerea conceptului de „cult” conform învățăturii ortodoxe? Avem o lege a cultelor?! A se slăbi! O modificăm și pe ea. Sau putem să o luăm invers. Ce s-ar întâmpla dacă creștinii ar fi minoritari în România, iar o majoritate atee ar decide să adauge în Constituție faptul că Dumnezeirea este o plăsmuire a minții? Ce ne-ar mai putea proteja în acel context? Singura noastră pavăză ar fi tocmai canonul constituțional care filtrează prin intermediul legilor sale deciziile majorității din cadrul unei democrații.Read More »

Richard Rohr – What are “the politics of Jesus”?

Thanks to my friend Manu for the link.

Franklin Graham sets us straight | Religion News Service

(RNS) Nobody gives a rip about Donald J. Trump’s taxes, he assures us. And how does he know that?

Source: Franklin Graham sets us straight | Religion News Service

 

As you can see, foolish Franklin Graham does it again.

“But Mark,” you’re asking, “how does Franklin know that nobody gives a rip about about Donald J. Trump’s taxes?”

Believe me, he knows. Because even though the media talked about it, he knows that nobody gives a rip that the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association pulls down seven figures a year.

The Right To Choose

Source: The Right To Choose

A common sense approach to a hot issue.

Conferinta Scolii Aletheia Timisoara – Perspective biblica asupra migratiei

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Am primit cu placere invitatia prietenilor mei din Timisoara de a participa la conferinta anuntata mai sus, cu o prelegere intitulata ‘Intre iubrea aproapelui si primirea strainului’, o reluare, de data aceasta in limba romana, a temei prezentate in iulie in Tabara Koinonia.

Iata atasat mai jos programul conferintei.

program-conferinta-aletheia

Four Issues to Consider Before You Vote Trump – What is Really at Stake

Source: Four Issues to Consider Before You Vote Trump – What is Really at Stake

Samuel Whitefield’s  text is one of the best articles I have found, on the conservative side, about the dangerous moral and spiritual implications of Christians voting for ridiculous Trump. Reading it, made me shiver again andd again. This is the messag for a true prophet of God.

I will paste below what I consider to be the most significant quotes. I beg you to read the entire text, if you have time. It is really worth it. What Whitefield writes here is true not only for the US, but also for Iohannis’s Romania or for Orban’s Hungary. If yoou  read it, you will know what I mean.

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To become the prophetic voice the church is intended to be will cost us far more than we think. It is going to be more painful than we think to abandon our fixation with political solutions. We are used to political friendships, and we are used to a measure of respect from the system as a compliant and loyal voting block. I want to reframe what is at stake this election. There is something far bigger than economic policy at stake in 2016 – it is the church’s prophetic voice.Read More »

Valeriu Nicolae – Euro-Narnia and the Queen of Roma

 

Valeriu Nicolae

Roma activist Valeriu Nicolae departs for Euro-Narnia, a parallel world ruled over by the mighty Baroslan whose inhabitants discuss in strange and wonderful terms remedies for the Roma problem. But what is the role of the Queen in all of this?Read More »

William Schweiker – Sightings: Ethics of Brexit?

Source: Ethics of Brexit?

William Schweiker, professor of theological ethics at the University of Chicago discusses the – quite neglected – ethical issues involved in Brexit.

Something worth pondering.

Valeriu Nicolae – Smecherii si tehnocratii | Dilema Veche

Inteleg disperarea lor cind vad ca suntem citiva care avem curajul sau tacaneala de a expune un sistem care este disfunctional si care favorizeaza o finantare nesimtita si profund corupta a unor smecheri care sunt un fel de dumnezei ai partidelor, ajungind sa conduca televiziuni si tara pe minunatul model al lui Berlusconi.

Source: Şmecherii şi tehnocraţii | Dilema Veche

Prietenul si fostul meu coleg in WV (dar si consingean al meu), Valeriu Nicolae, acum consilier al primului ministru, se dezlantuie din nou impotriva mizeriei de nedescris in care se cpmplace clasa politica romaneasca.

Philip Hunt: Why my Church is wrong on same-sex marriage

Source: Now is the Content of my Winter: Why my Church is wrong on same-sex marriage

Publishing this, I am sure, will make lose even more points with those who already think I am suspect, as a Christian and evangelical, for more than one reason.

Yet, I have to do it, because I believe the author is absolutely right.  Christians love their Christendom nostalgia (which, thanks be to God, is dead and burried). We love to pount the table and tell others how to live, the more so when we ourselves do not live at the level of our own expectations of others. Maybe, if we shout louder, we will not hear anymore the voice of our own conscience.

It’s time to shut up and look in the mirror. The louder we shout, the more suspect we become, of being mere religious hypocrites, which is the worst kind.

Philip Hunt is my first (and best ever) boss I had in World Vision. He is an Australian, and a man I respect deeply. He is a great Rene Girard fan, which shows clearly in everything he writes.

Thank you, Philip, for everything!

CS Lewis – On ‘Sexual’ Morality

Essay also known as “We Have No Unlimited ‘Right to Happiness'”. This title was shortened further, somewhat inaccurately, by the Evening Post. A live animation of a C.S. Lewis essay in the artistic style of my desk lamp. Is that wrong? Written to a secular audience in 1963. I

You may watch more such summaries of  the ideas of CS Lewis on the C.S. Lewis Doodle Playlist.

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Modesty. What is it? What isn’t it?

Modesty. What is it? What isn’t it? Guest post by four-year seminarian student turned holy husband and lay theologian, AloysiusG, The conversation of modesty in our culture is a really mixed-…

Source: Modesty. What is it? What isn’t it?

Joshua Becker – 5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

At our time dominated by consumerism, sizing down and owning less is a very unpopular, yet necessary way of living counter-culturally. Here are five reasons why this could be good for you spiritually, according to a recent article published by Joshua Becker in Christianity Today.

1. Owning less offers more opportunity to pursue your passions

2. Owning less is the quickest path to buying less

3. Owning less nurtures our spirits

4. Owning less fosters gratitude and contentment

5.Owning less reframes reality for the rich and the poor

If interested, you may read HERE the entire article. It is worth it. And even more profitable to work on it.

Joshua Becker is the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, a book that inspires others to find more life by owning less stuff. He is also the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist.

Ioan T.Morar: Păcatul turnătoriei mi se pare unul capital. Deşi nu există porunca: Să nu torni

Un interviu cu Ioan T Morar despre Sărbătoarea corturilor, editat de Polirom, o ficţiune de o cruzime greu de găsit în literatura noastră.

Source: Ioan T.Morar: Păcatul turnătoriei mi se pare unul capital. Deşi nu există porunca: Să nu torni

Iata aici un soi de interviu despre ultima carte a lui Ioan T Morar.

Observ cu interes faptul ca intervievatorul gaseste cartea foarte cruda in relevarea mizeriei turnatoriei. Mie unul, care am trait in vremea in care se petreceau aceste lucruri si am fost obiectul a nenumarate asemenea tradari si turnatorii, cartea imi pare adesea chiar foarte senina si blinda, in ciuda condamnarii implicite a colaborationismului cu regimul comunist.

Protest Against the Ahava ad on the Patheos Platform

Ahava

Dear friends,

I am, for a few years now, a subscriber to some of your newsletters, which I find very useful and informative.

I am writing to you because of something that troubles me lately on your newsletter.

On the Patheos newsletter, that I receive regularly, there is for some time now a prominent publicity add for Ahava products. As you probably know, these are produced by an Israeli company functioning on stolen Palestinian land, in the occupied West Bank. I find this add questionable from an ethical point of view. I hope you do too, even if you may not agree with a DBS approach on these matters, as I do (remember the way DBS worked in debunking the apartheid system in South Africa)..

Do you think there is anything we could do to have this add removed from the newsletter? Thanks a lot, and sorry to bother with this. It is important for me, as someone who worked for over 16 years for World Vision in the Middle East, and I have witnessed first hand the utter suffering produced by the Israeli occupation in the (not so) holy land.

Yours faithfully

Danut Manastireanu, PdD

Taxi și prietenii – Despre smerenie (reloaded)

Publicat pe 11 mai 2016

Au participat:
Dan Bittman, Cornel Ilie, Monica Anghel, Virgil Ianțu, Andi Vasluianu, Dorina Chiriac, Ștefan Bănică, Robin Proca, Andi Moisescu, Dani Oțil, Paula Chirilă, Horia Moculescu, Toni Grecu, Irina-Margareta Nistor, Dan Byron, Teo Trandafir, Oreste Teodorescu, Pavel Bartoș, Ada Milea, Călin Goia, Mircea Cărtărescu, Horia Vîrlan, Guess Who, Laura Lavric, Andreea Esca, Răzvan Simion, Alexandru Andrieș, Emilia Popescu, Marian Râlea, Andrei Aradits, Marius Florea Vizante, Cătălin Mitulescu, Pavel Stratan, Cristian Hrubaru, Ovi, Adrian Daminescu, Alin Dincă, Radu Gheorghe, Dana Dorian, Flavius Buzilă, Ivan Patzaichin, Dan Fințescu, Tudor Ionescu, Carmen Tănase, Aurelian Temișan, Alina Manole, Nico, Marius Bațu, Mike Godoroja, Benone Sinulescu, Ada Condeescu, Cristi Grețcu, Stela Popescu, Dragoș Bucurenci, Daniel Iordachioae, Florin Ristei, Marius Manole, Monica Davidescu, Ioan Gyuri Pascu, Cosmin Vaman, Bebe Cotimanis, Mihai Petre, Kempes, Mircea Baniciu, Alexandra Ungureanu, Oana Pellea, Victor Rebengiuc.

Pentru o opinie evanghelica (in continuare) critica fata de acest clip cititi AICI ce scrie Dionis Bodiu.

Pentru un exemplu de critica paranoiaca fata de aceasta initiativa, acuzata ca ar fi o incercare a francmasoneriei de sumbinare a Bisericii (este evident care anume; pentru acesti cretini roncici – cine citeste, sa inteleaga – celelalte oricum nu conteaza), urmariti AICI, cu ceva emetiral la indemina.

Interviu Teodor Baconschi – Est-Vest, renaştere şi debandadă spirituală – fragmente

Theodor Baconschi

Am selectat mai jos citeva fragmente dintr-un foarte interesant interviu acordat de Teodor Baconschi lui Cristian Patrasconiu pentru platforma LaPunkt. Sper ca ele va vor motiva sa citi intregul interviu, care poate fi accesat la linkul de mai sus.

Avem de-a face, desigur, cu o perspectiva conservatoare si ortodoxa, asumata in mod deschis de autor. Ceea ce nu inseamna insa ca aceasta il scuteste de anumite interpretari partizane si subiective, desigur, inevitabile in orice demers intelectual cinstit.

Enumar, in fuga, citeva dintre acestea:

  • perspectiva exclusiv negativa asupra procesului de secularizare in Europa
  • invinuirea exclusiva a protestantismului pentru acest ‘flagel’
  • cresterea prezentei musulmane in Europa privita preponderent ca o amenintare
  • atitudinea implicit critica fata de papa Francisn, pus in contract cu ‘ultimul papă conservator, Benedict al XVI-lea’

si la acestea as putea adauga si altele, dar va las s-o faceti voi insiva.

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Societatea românească e un mozaic de fracturi. Aveam, la 1900, un retard istoric de cel puțin 100 de ani față de Occident (evident, e o apreciere pur estimativă). Aproape un secol mai târziu, când a căzut comunismul, eram, iarăși, una dintre cele mai sărace țări de pe continent. Deși ne-au ajutat să ne dezvoltăm, tranziția democratică și integrarea euro-atlantică n-au făcut decât să ne așeze întru-un sistem de referință care ne-a agravat complexele de inferioritate. Pe acest fundal dislocat, regăsirea tradiției precomuniste, cu o Biserică Ortodoxă liberă, s-a făcut adesea formal și zgomotos, fără creșterea organică de care au nevoie procesele istorice firești. Am intrat în mileniul trei cu povara acestor handicapuri. Prin urmare, nu putem încă avea o atitudinea critică față de Occident: nu l-am trăit pe dinăuntru. Dacă ne socotim ca parte integrantă a lui, ne ies oricând la iveală reminiscențele comuniste și orientale. Dacă îl respingem, nu prea avem ce să punem în loc. Avem, cum s-a spus, o modernizare lipsită de modernitate. Am copiat, în loc să asimilăm. Cu alte cuvinte, în loc să spunem ce e greșit amenajat ”la ei”, ne sar în ochi propriile defecțiuni de parcurs.Read More »

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