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Yazidis 04Yazdis are a minority people in Iraq.  Not part of the majority religion.  Not belonging to a majority ethnic group.  No one to represent them in the government.  Isolated to a small area in Northern Iraq.

The terrorist group, Isis, has been persecuting them.  Reports say that at least 500 Yazidis, including 40 children, have been killed in recent attacks.  Extremist Muslims call the Yazidis “devil worshipers” and use that designation as justification for raping, brutalizing, and killing them, including their innocent little children. Continue Reading »

A Pantoum

“I prayed to the universe,” she said.

She believed that rocks and dust could do.

But rocks and dust have no consciousness.

Doing requires planning and creation.

 

She believed that rocks and dust could do.

But rocks just lay in place until they are used. Continue Reading »

Things Bella Taught Me

20130903_181810Bella thinks she owns us. And we enable her megalomania.

Proof of her self-consciousness is her voice. On the end of the couch, Bella gave her low-muffled “grrr” as if to say to Bev, “Get out-of-the-way, I want to lay between you and Dad.” Later, sitting upright on the floor, she gave her really shrill yippy bark as if to say, “You’re not paying attention to me; quit what you’re doing now.”

The thing that really slays me is her stare. Large brown eyes and long eyelashes saying, “Will you play with me?” I’m a sucker for that, and that is what caused a recent visit to the chiropractor. Continue Reading »

There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. Annie Dillard. http://ht.ly/ymKad

Ode to Proverbs 15

Fool 02Fools talk incessantly
Words spill out like water from a broken main
Meaningless, destructive, out-of-place
Disconnected from good sense.

Fools hate wisdom
Because it points out their folly
And dares to curtail their
Impulses and unfettered desires. Continue Reading »

Poetry

PoetryPoiema, work, seems so ordinary.
Everyday, common events performed
In service to life’s routines,
Production and generativity. Just work.

Poiema bakes a pie for a friend
And decorates the crust with scallops
As a touch of beauty and love
Experienced through the taste buds. Continue Reading »

Five Essential Questions

Questions 02Woodlawn was the third poorest neighborhood in Chicago. As early as 1990 over half of its residents were on some form of public aid, and the median household income was only $13,000. Eighty percent of residents lacked higher education; prostitution and drug addiction were rampant.

John McKnight, emeritus professor of education and social policy and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, walked door to door through Woodlawn asking residents 5 questions. These questions helped residents start to think inwardly in terms of producing change for their embattled community. Continue Reading »

Front Porch, Inspired

Living, loving, and learning in The Bridge's Neighborhood Ministry

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David G. Perkins

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Jesus Creed

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Experimental Theology

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Dei-liberations

Thoughts on God and World

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