Exactly What They Promise

Exactly What They Promise

They are publicly announcing that they are expecting to expand, not reduce, mass incarceration. No interpretation needed. With about 2.5 million people behind behind bars in an era with near historic low crime rates nationally (and most cities still, contrary to alternative facts), this administration signals the intent to put more people behind bars.

The Politics of Purity

The Politics of Purity

While those who care about immigrants and refugees deal with the fallout of the Muslim Ban 2.0, the second attempt by the trump administration to ban Muslim refugees once again gets sold to the American public under the very thin veil of “keeping the country safe.” But to really understand what this is about let’s meet donald trump’s racist all-star team of anti-immigrant strategic counsel.

Keep Trying: Change Can Happen

Keep Trying: Change Can Happen

This notion that people cannot change is not only small-minded and cruel, but also flatly false. People do indeed change, and it is in the human-ness of the way we change that we need to remember hope in times such as today. We must keep working to change hearts and minds, and to subvert racism, xenophobic ethnocentrism, imperialism, nationalism, warmongering, and bigotry.

United Methodist No More

United Methodist No More

Though the church began as an egalitarian revolution we now have transformed an organic and dynamic movement into a corporately structured morass of selfish political games, which is utterly bereft of transformative power. We are supposed to be salt and light to the world; a living example of a complete transvaluation of all that the world holds dear. But our vertical hierarchies just show us to be just another corporation, though terribly ineffective and growing more and more bankrupt by the day.

Who is Fig Tree Revolution? Chris Lahr

Who is Fig Tree Revolution?        Chris Lahr

During college I started a group of us going into the city to hang out with homeless families. Weekly we would hit the streets and spend time with our newfound friends. After a while we started going down with nothing but ourselves and we would sleep on the streets. We did this to alleviate power dynamics, and God said don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will worry about itself, so we tested God on this…God was right… God took care of us. 

#GeneralStrike is Coming February 17! Time for Solidarity!

#GeneralStrike is Coming February 17! Time for Solidarity!

There is a General Strike called for on February 17th, 2017. It is time for universal solidarity and resistance to tangible and blatant injustices that are mounting every day during this worsening political and social climate in the United States. Bigotry is being codified by politicians and economic warfare is being waged by the wealthy with the conservative government’s full backing.

Two Ways We Can and Must RESIST

Two Ways We Can and Must RESIST

So, yes my friends, feel free to protest at every turn the most damaging leader the world has seen in some time. But I hope we can start figuring out which protests are going to have impact and leave behind the protests that are designed to make ourselves or groups like evangelicals just feel good.