The Spirit Around & Within
A LIFE, A CAUSE
The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan
by John Dear
Daniel Berrigan, a renowned Jesuit priest and poet who was among the most influential voices against the Vietnam War, died this past weekend in New York City. He was 94. Although he was a Catholic priest, writer and poet, he is perhaps best known for helping to shape the protest movement against the war in Southeast Asia during the late 1960s, a defiant position that eventually landed him in federal prison in 1970. In this eulogy, fellow activist John Dear recalls the life of his friend, a life of outrage, courage, and conviction: "Dan was my greatest friend and teacher, for more than 35 years...I considered him one of the most important religious figures of the last century, right alongside with Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and his brother Philip. Dan and [his brother] Phil inspired millions of people around the world to speak out against war and work for peace, and helped turn the Catholic Church back to its gospel roots of peace and nonviolence. I consider him not just a legendary peace activist but one of the greatest saints and prophets of modern times. For now, I celebrate his extraordinary life, and invite everyone to ponder his great witness and how we all might continue his peacework."
Beyonce's "Lemonade" Echoes Contrasting Realities of Black Christian Women
by Yolanda Pierce
"I walked away after seeing Beyoncé’s hour-long visual album, 'Lemonade,' with the profound sense that I had 'been to church.' And this is no small claim for someone who has devoted her life and work to the academic study of the Black Church tradition." So writes Religion Dispatches blogger Yolanda Pierce about Beyonce's newest artistic release, "Lemonade." In this thought-provoking article, Pierce writes about the "deeply spiritual component" of this latest work that left her both "uplifted and convicted." Have you seen it? What do you think?
The Meditative Life: Consciousness, Spirituality…and the Kitchen Sink
Presented by The Jacob Burns Film Center
This new film, The Meditative Life: Consciousness, Spirituality...and the Kitchen Sink, is described as an exploration of thinking, being, loving, and living—and the ways ideas about consciousness and spirituality are seeping into our understanding of health, ecology, and life in general. You can see the preview here.
FIHI MA FIHI, IT IS WHAT IT IS
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow
a hundred times.
Come, yet again, come, come.
~ Rumi, Fihi Ma Fihi, It is What It is