It’s Advent (Sigh) Pt IV

It’s time for the next installment in this curmudgeonly bitch-fest about Advent. Today, we will discuss “joy”. And, before you ask, I don’t have a problem with joy: I have a problem with the way we talk about joy.  The word gets thrown around like it’s no big deal and, really, it kind of is. Our approach […]

No One Needs That Crap

Every so often, we’re treated to yet another person playing pretend conducting a social experiment in an attempt to shore up their weak position understand something outside their experience. Most recently, it was libertarian douchebag FoxNews hack reporter John Stossel, who dressed up and spent (from what I can tell) a whole hour pretending to be homeless. Based on this experience, […]

Think About This

The October edition of the Love Wins Newsletter is out and it features a blog post from back when, as Hugh says, “Love Wins was me, a backpack, and a cup of coffee”. It’s a list of all the things people experiencing homeless deal with every day titled What It Means To Be Homeless. As I read, I […]

Preconceived Notions

I’ve written several pieces about the group Love Wins and the work they do in Raleigh, NC. A long-running part of that work is sharing coffee and biscuits every Saturday and Sunday morning with their friends in Moore Square, something they were prevented from doing last Saturday. Since there are plenty of places to find […]

Community

At Wild Goose this year, one of the things I made a point of doing is something I always do when I get the chance and that’s hang out with my pal, Hugh Hollowell. Now, if you’re around Hugh more than 5 minutes, the conversation will inevitably turn to his work and the people there. […]

A New Parable?

There’s a story circulating on the internets about a pastor named Jeremiah Steepek. In this tale, Steepek has just been appointed to a new church and his first Sunday isn’t like that of most pastors. He shows up to his new 10,000 member charge dressed as a man who is homeless (see picture at left) […]

Benefit of a Doubt

A couple of days ago, I wrote “the situation faced by (Moral Monday) protesters who’ve been arrested is a relatively safe one”. Today, as happens on occasion, I have to eat those words. A couple of hours after that post went up, I read on the Love Wins Facebook page that Shon McClain, one their people, […]

“Those People”

A few days ago, I wrote a piece titled “Are You a Bigot?” where I said “Probably not, but you’ve more than likely said bigoted things and didn’t even realize it.” In the last 24 hours, I saw two examples of this very thing. One has to do with the recent hoopla over Abercrombie and […]

Shepherds in the Field

Well, tomorrow is the big day, the one we’ve been waiting for. Some of us waiting expectantly in tradition of Advent, but most waiting to celebrate Christmas. Funny thing, that. A great many celebrants will be missing the point completely because Christmas isn’t really for a lot of the people who celebrate it. Christmas has become […]

Shoes for the Homeless Guy

I’m sure you all remember the picture to the left, as it went viral.Taken a couple of weeks ago, it shows NYPD officer Larry DePrimo giving a homeless man a pair of boots. Since it was published, more information has come out about DePrimo and the homeless man, Jeffrey Hillman, causing some backlash. People were not thrilled that […]