Friday, October 22, 2010

Still Yolked After One Year

In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's Love who wrote the play...
For in this darkness Love can show the way.

David Wilcox, Show The Way

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

T.S. Eliot

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of EasyYolk, the blog committed to both an activist Christian spirituality and a spiritually Christian activism. We are convinced now more than ever that spirituality and activism can happen anytime, anywhere. God invites all of us to embody a dynamic spiritual activism--characterized by an unwavering commitment to sacrificial love, justice, creative beauty, peace and service--in our jobs, our families, the marketplace and the freeway. In fact, we are becoming more and more compelled that genuine Christian spirituality and activism holistically blend into each other like my semi-organic, semi-local vegetarian chili. These two vital elements fuse into each other to create dynamic new tastes of the kingdom of God inaugurated in the life, ministry, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Taking our cue from the legendary British philosopher Alisdair MacIntyre, we believe that, in order to stave off rampant fragmentation, we need to root ourselves in "communities of memory" (Bellah) flowing from historic traditions that are committed to transformational practices. With the onslaught of various media (texting, Facebook, websites, etc) we are caught in a riptide of competing narratives that leave us vulnerable and ill-equipped to live with hope, discernment and energy...unless we embrace discipline, intentionality and rugged determination to go against the flow (what family systems psychologist Murray Bowen called "differentiation"). We see EasyYolk as one contemporary ingredient to a multi-valient movement that is both adamantly "Christian," but deeply resistant to both absolutist (fundamentalist) and relativist (liberal) mentalities. We prefer labels like "progressive" and "prophetic," to name the minority brand of Christianity that bases truth on virtue and practice (not beliefs or timeless truths). We seek to be story-formed, which means that we view the Bible as an authoritative Script that invites us to be characters who re-produce the lifestyles of Moses, Jeremiah and Jesus (and others).

After one year, we honestly don't really have a clue how many people actually read our posts. Primarily, they function as a practice of both activist spirituality and spiritual activism. As we write, they are letters to the God of justice and we experience a "renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:1-2), hoping that it plants seeds of both deconstructing and reconstructing Christian faith for readers and their dialogue partners. It is our profound conviction that American society is pre-packaged, suffering from a lack of vibrant Christian options that transcend both fundamentalism and liberalism. We are convinced that this life is far more complex than what our usual either-or answers convey. All the issues that influence and inform us need to be re-framed with more humanizing and authentic discourse.

If you are reading this, that means you've made a decision to take a break from your hectic life to silently reflect on the God of Love and to take an inventory of your Self and what it might mean to be more spiritually activist in your specific context. As we pause to celebrate one-year of being yolked, we dedicate this prayer to you:

Spirit of peace,
Quiet our hearts,
Heal our anxious thoughts,
Free us from our fretful ways.
Breathe on us your holy calm
So that in the stillness of your presence
We may open ourselves to trust
And be transformed. AMEN

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