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16
Apr

The Revolutionary Hope of Easter

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been brought up hearing a very limited view of what Christianity is all about.  Many of us have been taught what USC philosophy professor Dallas Willard calls the “gospel of sin management.”  It goes something like this:   “Jesus came to save me from my sins so that I won’t […]

27
Jan

Jesus 4 Revolutionaries Official Statement on Trump’s Executive Actions on Immigration

Profe’s note:  We are living in a crisis moment of American history.  Through his recent executive orders on immigration, our newly elected president is oppressing millions of undocumented immigrants in direct violation of more than 2,000 verses of sacred Scripture.  He is also trying to silence churches and other community organizations which have dedicated themselves […]

12
Jan

“La Lucha” (La Lucha Latina)–poem by Edgar López-Sánchez

Profe’s Note:  This powerful poem is by guest blogger Edgar Lopez-Sanchez.  “La Lucha” (La Lucha Latina) honors his mother and the many Latina moms who model for us what it means to pelear in the midst of the current hostile climate which seeks to separate our beloved Latino families.  In his words: “This poem was […]

04
Dec

Faith in the Life of César Chávez, Part II: Catholic Social Teachings and Revolutionary Non-Violence

Profe’s Note:  This week’s post is part II of a two-part series on faith in the life of Chicano civil rights leader, César Chávez.  To read more about the role of “Abuelita Theology” in the spiritual formation of Chávez, check out last week’s post:  http://www.jesusforrevolutionaries.org/faith-in-the-life-of-cesar-chavez-part-i-abuelita-theology/ Chávez and Catholic Social Teaching It was in the city […]

24
Nov

Faith in the Life of César Chávez, Part I: “Abuelita Theology”

César Chávez was the preeminent leader, voice, and public face of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.  Chávez is to Latinas/os what Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to the African American community.  Moreover, as the posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Aztec Eagle,[1] and a U.S. postage […]

18
Nov

A Chicana Post-Election Lament

Note:  This week’s post comes from Christian Chicana, Lucero, from Los Angeles.  The following was shared at J4R’s Post-Election Liturgy of Lament service the weekend after the election of Donald Trump. —————– I went to sleep last night hoping it was just a nightmare, and when I would wake it would all be over. But […]

13
Nov

A Post-Election Liturgy of Lament

    Note:  Last night 30 of us gathered in South Central to grieve and lament the election of Donald Trump.  We lamented honestly and openly through conversation and the following “Liturgy of Lament.”  I pray that God might use this liturgy in the lives of others to bring solace in the midst of deep […]

09
Nov

MLK and a Post-Election Lament

No words.  Anger.  Lament. Betrayal.  Tens of millions of Americans voted yesterday to elect a president who has declared openly racist comments against Latin@s, African Americans, and Muslims, as well as the most misogynistic and sexist statements one can imagine.  It is now an undeniable truth that America is not “color-blind,” and that racism is […]

12
Sep

“The Brown Church,” a poem

——————————— I am the Brown Church.  God calls me mija/mijo. Brown, black, white, even yellow, are all within me When Black and White come to talk, my voice is not heard, I am not invited to the table I share much with my Black sisters and brothers, yet my voice is distinct I long, I […]

27
Aug

“Migration as “Grace”: The Biblical Basis for Compassionate Immigration Reform

  ——————————– The God of Abraham is the God of radical hospitality.  He invites all to the banquet table of the Kingdom of God.  Through the teachings and example of Jesus we know that, although God’s invitation comes to all, it goes especially to the poorest and most marginalized of society.   Then, and only then, […]