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PETITION: Remove name of General who ordered Marias Massacre from Chicago’s Sheridan Road

PETITION: Remove name of General who ordered Marias Massacre from Chicago’s Sheridan Road

Please sign and consider reposting in social media this link:https://www.change.org/NoMoreSheridanRoad Sheridan Road in Chicago is named after General Philip Sheridan, whose career included time here during the Chicago Fire and fighting for the Union during the Civil War but was rooted in the so-called “Indian Wars” of the Great Plains. 150 years ago, on Jan 23 1870, he directed Major […]

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Except the Names: Poetry from a White BlackLivesMatter Protester

Except the Names: Poetry from a White BlackLivesMatter Protester

Except the Names It’s a dangerous thing, cannibalizing another’s life for one’s own purposes. It’s done all the time. I hold the sign naming the dead black man as protest, in protest. Yet I am enthused, energized, and (must I say this?) enjoying myself. Something isn’t in sync. And then, looking around at the other signs, the other namesI imagine […]

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How do I love my Trumpagelical enemy? A  progressive Christian’s discussion with his own conscience

How do I love my Trumpagelical enemy? A progressive Christian’s discussion with his own conscience

So this morning my conscience sez to me… In our struggles against Trumpagelicalism, let’s pause a sec. You feel betrayal, yes. You feel wounded. You, at your best, feel anger and even rage at what is being done to your immigrant, POC, poor, and other neighbors by Trumpagelicals. You’re dismayed continually at the corporate takeover of science and environment by […]

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The Central Reality of Emotion in Defining Meaning: We Shy Away, Embarrassed

The Central Reality of Emotion in Defining Meaning: We Shy Away, Embarrassed

An Uprush of Emotion is usually the way I (and I suspect you?) identify meaning. Good or bad. Admitting this may be both difficult and more ambiguous an admission than it appears. An Evangelical such as John Piper might negatively (and emotionally) assign emotion/meaning linkages to his term “effeminacy,” a fascinating reality distortion in both its anti-womanist and self-blinding qualities. […]

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What does Community Mean to You?

What does Community Mean to You?

“What does community mean to you?” A self-inquiry by Jon Trott, offered as a message at JPUSA Church 04/23/2018 What does community mean to you? Every one of us has our own list of answers to this question. Not all of those answers are “spiritual” sounding. Not all of us agree on even the questions. But still… what does community […]

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BlueChristian RESIST video: “Heaven Hears the Heart that Breaks” by Steve Scott

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Divorce (old Cornerstone mag article)

Cornerstone Archives, Issue #55]   Divorce by Jon Trott   Despite reflection and prayer, an oppressive feeling had slowly settled over me. “I wonder‑what’s wrong?.” I asked a fellow Cornerstone writer. Under questioning, the realization of the oppression I’d been feeling became evident. A series of divorces among men and women I’d felt a kinship with, namely contemporary Christian musicians, […]

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Voting: Politics is Ugly… and So Is Life

Voting: Politics is Ugly… and So Is Life

Voting in my hometown Chicago can be fascinating, infuriating, or both. I’ve seen it from more angles than most folks, having served as an election judge (many times), poll-watcher, and “get out the votes” activist (many, many times!). Voting is ugly. This is the truth of it. From the moment you register as a voter, you will discover this. Campaign […]

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A Conversation with Death

A Conversation with Death

I’ve always hated you. I first learned about you in books, crying in quiet horror as your servants’ hands took Anne Frank away to meet you and end her beautiful words, or Kafka’s victim stood in the rock quarry looking up at a figure in a window as others’ hands plunged a blade into his chest. I saw you in […]

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My Friend, My Lover: Sept 2 1989 Until Now Twenty-Five Years of Marriage to Carol Elaine

A video I made some years ago — perhaps my first video, in fact. I feel the same now as then, except moreso. For Dearling…

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