Kevin Ksen: sexiest of men

posted by Mike on August 11th, 2008

from Kevin Ksen Polka
(copyright 2008 Nat Needle)

Oh, lots of folks love soccer, they play it every day
But Kevin loves his soccer so, it carries him away
He butts his head, he kicks his legs, and if by chance he falls
The women rush the field so they can play with Kevin’s balls

Kevin Ksen, he’s the sexiest of men
Kevin Ksen, he’s the sexiest of men
Kevin Ksen, he’s the sexiest of men
And if you don’t believe him, he will tell you once again
And if you don’t believe him, he will tell you once again

(Happy birthday, Kevin!)

Visiting churches: California and Arizona

posted by Kaihsu Tai on February 22nd, 2008

Visiting churches. For the first fortnight of February, I visited my friend Dann Dempsey in the great City of Monrovia, California; and the following places of worship:

I took Communion and participated in the imposition of ashes at First Congregational; Communion and witnessed a baptism at CCCEV; participated in an elder/deacon ordination at Historic First; caught the last of the Mass at La Placita. Read the rest of this entry »

Neo-Marxists on Christianity

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 26th, 2007

Recent books from Verso:

Slavoj Žižek (2000) The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why Is the Christian Legacy Is Worth Fighting For? ISBN 978-1-85984-770-1.

Terry Eagleton introduces the Gospels Terry Eagleton (2007) Jesus Christ: The Gospels. ISBN 978-1-84467-176-2. This is the New Revised Standard Version of the Gospels introduced by Eagleton and edited by radical cleric Giles Fraser. It is pretty cool that Verso is following the Gideons. On this note, I might mention that recently, I bought the Revised English Bible and the New Revised Standard Version. My copies of both of these are with the Apocrypha (though the collection there is different), and the NRSV is the ‘Anglicized’ text; both are published by the Oxford University Press. I thought each of these represented very wide (as wide as allowed in the current climate) ecumenical English-language translation work in either side of the Atlantic.

Dorothy Holds Forth

posted by Mike on September 27th, 2007

This interview, by Jeff Dietrich and Susan Pollack, was originally published in the December 1971 Catholic Agitator. You may want to compare this with the portrait drawn of her in Cardinal O’Connor’s application for her sainthood.

CATHOLIC AGITATOR: I’d like first to ask you, are you an anarchist? And what does that mean to you in terms of your daily action?

DOROTHY DAY: Do you want me to go back into history? When I came from college, I was a socialist. I had joined the socialist party in Urbana Illinois and I wasn’t much thrilled by it. I joined because I had read Jack London—his essays, The Iron Heel, and his description of the London slums. I also read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. All of these made a deep impression on me. So when I was sixteen years old and in my first year of college, I joined the Socialist Party. But I found most of them “petty bourgeois.” You know the kind. They were good people, butchers and bakers and candlestick makers—mostly of German descent—very settled family people. And it was very theoretical. It had no religious connotations, none of the religious enthusiasm for the poor that you’ve got shining through a great deal of radical literature.

Then there was the IWW moving in, which was the typically American movement. Eugene Debs was a man of Alsace-Lorraine background. A religious man, he received his inspiration from reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. That started him off because he could have been a well-to-do bourgeois, comfortable man. But, here you have this whole American movement. The IWW has this motto: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” That appealed to me tremendously because I felt that we were all one body. I had read scripture, but I don’t think I’d ever really recognized that teaching of the “Mystical Body”—that were are all one body, we are all one.
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posted by Mike in Hagiography, Heresy, Orthodoxy | on September 27th, 2007 | Permanent Link to “Dorothy Holds Forth” | 1 Comment »

Constance Coltman, minister, pacifist (1889/1969)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on September 17th, 2007

Today let us remember Constance Coltman, the first woman ordained to Christian ministry in Britain, who was ordained 90 years ago this day.

(See also this earlier entry: Florence Li Tim-Oi.)

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United service in Collinwood Road

posted by Kaihsu Tai on September 10th, 2007

Eucharist at the united service On Sunday morning, I went to a united service of Collinwood Road United Reformed Church, Oxford Korean Presbyterian Church, United Asian Evangelical Church, and Brazilian Assemblies of God. We were blessed four times at the end of the service, in turn English, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Korean. It was encouraging and exciting. There was a lunch feast afterwards with yummy Korean food. Then in the afternoon, I went to a service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England meeting at my church, Saint Columba’s United Reformed Church. Note that this is not the Evangelische Synode Deutscher Sprache in Großbritannien which has a congregation meeting at the University Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

(This Saturday, I went into London to see the exhibition Sacred at the British Library, and the film Helvetica.)

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Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, Commonwealth of England

posted by Kaihsu Tai on September 3rd, 2007

Oliver Cromwell, stained-glass window in Mansfield College, Oxford Today on the 349th anniversary of his death, let us remember Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, Commonwealth of England, who prayed:

Strengthen us O God, to relieve the oppressed,
to hear the groans of poor prisoners,
to reform the abuses of all professions;
that many be made not poor to make a few rich;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

San Bartolomé de las Casas

posted by Kaihsu Tai on July 17th, 2007

Today let us remember San Bartolomé de las Casas OP, patron saint of the Americas and all Indigenous Peoples.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Creative Resistance, Hagiography, Heresy | on July 17th, 2007 | Permanent Link to “San Bartolomé de las Casas” | Comments Off on San Bartolomé de las Casas

Busy week

posted by Kaihsu Tai on July 15th, 2007

In the same week when His Holiness Benedict XVI was reiterating the alleged “defectus” of us “ecclesial communities of the Reformation”, I went to the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church in Manchester, where we headed each set of agenda with the question “What are the ecumenical implications of this?”
Singing Siyahamba with the former moderators at the United Reformed Church General Assembly 2007, Manchester. Read the rest of this entry »

La opción por los pobres

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 11th, 2007

In his visit to San Diego in 2002, Samuel Ruiz García, Bishop Emeritus of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, taught me to say the Κύριε with the understanding of the Trinity in mind, and brought to my attention the idea of “the preferential option for the poor”.

Recently, this term is again in the news. Derek Wall, a Principal Speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales, and a practicing Zen Buddhist, recently said that the Pope must show solidarity with the poor, with reference to the Vatican’s notification on the works of El Salvadorian theologian Jon Sobrino.

Yesterday, our minister Susan Durber preached at Saint Columba’s saying:

Whatever you say about Jesus – it’s clear that he believed that God blesses the poor, that the rich have some hard thinking to do, and that those who are poor have plenty to teach the rest of the world about what it means to know God. There’s a theologian from Latin America called Jon Sobrino who says, ‘When the church has taken the poor seriously it has then become truly apostolic.’ If the faith the apostles’ shared was founded on Jesus’ teaching then it would have to be a faith that took the poor seriously. It’s often said in the church in Latin America – that ‘the poor evangelise us’ – and of course it makes me wonder why the ‘us’ of the church are not themselves ‘the poor’ but I think I know what they mean. The Jesus we know from the New Testament was one who said over and over again, in so many different ways, that the poor often know the truth about the real fundamentals of life and the rich are so often deceived. This is a real challenge to us of course who, mostly if not all, by definition, live the life of the rich.