Were you there when a defenseless man was pinned to the asphalt with a knee pressed down upon his neck? Were you there when a policeman knelt triumphantly on the neck of a dying man? Were you there when he pleaded for his life and exclaimed: “I can’t breathe”? Were you there when this agonizing … Continue reading Were You There?
Note: This essay is part of a chapter from a book currently in-progress. Emmanuel Buteau has graciously shared this with Liminal Theology. The Haitian sun is a wonder to behold. It evokes the miraculous every time it announces the dawn of a new day. Rising, it gives rest to the denizens of the night such … Continue reading Two Merchants, One Tale: Constructing Justice Through Artistic Encounter in Haiti
Progress for democracy lies in enhancing the actual freedom, initiative, and spontaneity of the individual, not only in certain private and spiritual matters, but above all in the activity fundamental to every man’s existence, his work. [i] Erich Fromm In part I, I explored freedom as a social activity. Describing it as radical freedom, I suggested … Continue reading Freedom as Social Responsibility, Part II
This essay originally appeared on Progressive Southern Theologians (www.progressivesoutherntheologians.com). I encourage you to click the link for more progressive theological explorations of US politics, history, and religion. Like every other country, ours has a lot to be proud of and a lot to be ashamed of. But a nation cannot reform itself unless it takes … Continue reading In-Between Patriotism
Within the word we find two dimensions, reflection and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed---even in part---the other immediately suffers. There is no true word that is not at the same time a praxis. Thus, to speak a true word is to transform the world.[i] Paulo Freire What are true words? … Continue reading True Words