In 1525, Martin Luther addressed the peasants of Swabia who were protesting (and rioting) in response to unjust government. Was his response reasonable, or did it sacrifice justice for order? Thinking through the issues involved is a valuable way to consider what our response might be to civil unrest today. Here is Part 2 of our three-part series on the Peasants’ War and protests today.
E. J. Hutchinson
In 1525, Martin Luther addressed the peasants of Swabia who were protesting (and rioting) in response to unjust government. Was his response reasonable, or did it sacrifice justice for order? Thinking through the issues involved is a valuable way to consider what our response might be to civil unrest today. Start here with Part 1 of our three-part series on the Peasants’ War and protests today.
A new father, his daughter’s surgery delayed by COVID, experiences the limits of his own power to protect those he loves. The poetry of Robert Hayden provides a counterpoint to the rhythms of the Jewish liturgical year as he seeks to live in faith.
“This will not kill you,” he would repeat with wonder, as he watched the sky on fire. “You will not die.”
For many Americans work is the be-all and end-all. The pandemic has forced us to come face-to-face with our dysfunctional relationship with work and in the process re-introduced many of us to the idea of leisure.
Joe Nail, Benya Kraus
“Home” strikes a million chords for each of us: familiarity, pain, loss, roots that go deeper than words. But what happens when a country’s young people choose to return in loving commitment to the place that bore them, believing that their matured agency might come back to help nourish a future for the “forgotten” places?
Lewis Powell, Richard Yale
On November 8, 2018, a massive fire was triggered in northern California and decimated the town of Paradise and surrounding mountain communities in less than half a day. Nearly two years later, as the nation grapples with urgent questions around community resilience in the wake of trauma, two pastoral figures from the area, Richard Yale and Lew Powell, reflect on mission, relationalism, and the civic responsibilities of the church.
“In the end, local solutions—multiplied by thousands—can become national solutions—if they are allowed to trickle up. It might be that the healing that will come will begin quietly, unspectacularly, when more people refuse to give up and move on even when that’s the reasonable thing to do; even in places the world doesn’t know exist: places like the hollows of these mountains.”
The escape to Joara was perhaps the first recorded instance of fugitives using Appalachia as a hiding place from hostile outside authority. For centuries more, the mountains would serve as a refuge for those fleeing authority – first native Americans, and then white colonial and American settlers. Almost five hundred years later, the Appalachian distrust of outside authority persists.
In the era of Zoom church, we know how technology can help bring us together. What are its hidden dangers—and opportunities—as we find ourselves worshiping from the other side of a screen?