Martin E. Marty – Tea and Occupy


                                      Tea Party vs Occupy Wall Street

Twice in the last four years I have spied Benton Harbor, Michigan, a once flourishing factory town that has suffered all manner of ills: bad leadership, racial conflicts, and more. Its downtown is ghostly. The most devastating blow occurred when Whirlpool abandoned it and its workers some years ago. Friday’s Wall Street Journal has a déjà vu inspiring headline: “As Whirlpool Exits, Job Hunts Begin.” This time the victim is Ft. Smith, Arkansas. It shows “Grit Among Loss” and has “A Knack for Marketing Area’s Low Costs to Manufacturers.” Applause, please, seconded by tears.

James R. Hagerty tells how in 1962 the city held a parade welcoming Whirlpool, but now the company announced it will close in mid 2012, stranding more than 1,000 workers, noting “sluggish demand” in the American market. Note: “The fault wasn’t with Fort Smith or its workers,” a Whirlpool spokesperson insists, “It is a great work force.” Stop here: what follows is not an analysis of markets and management; better informed people can and do comment on such. The interest here is in “the great work force” that is left behind in much political discourse but more often thought of among religious commentators. What goes on? Continue reading “Martin E. Marty – Tea and Occupy”

Walter Brueggemann – A Message for Christ the King Sunday

Walter Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He has recently authored “Disruptive Grace” (Fortress Press). (source, here)

Those Christians who are following the Revised Common Lectionary are celebrating today the Feast of Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of the liturgical year and it marks the eschatological celebration of the end of history with the coronation of Christ as Lord and Saviour of the Universe.. The following Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent and of the new liturgical year (year B in the western church calendar – you may find HERE the readings for the Advent period).

On the occasion of this feast, the renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, has published in Huffington Post an exegesis and a commentary on Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, the OT text prescribed by the lectionary for this special Sunday.

I will let you read HERE, in the first part of the article, Brueggemann’s exegesis and I will transcribe below, for your consideration, what I consider to be  the most important parts of his commentary and actualisation of the text (emphasis is mine). Continue reading “Walter Brueggemann – A Message for Christ the King Sunday”