Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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Preaching at the Gallows

Posted by Dale Kuehne on November 30, 2011

Facing the Gestapo in 1944, what would you say?

What is, therefore, our task today?
Shall I answer:
“Faith, hope and love”?

That sounds beautiful.
But I would say — courage.
No, even that is not challenging enough to be the whole truth.
Our task today is recklessness.
For what we Christians lack is not psychology or literature…
we lack a holy rage —
the recklessness which comes from the knowledge of a God and humanity.
The ability to rage when justice lies prostrate on the streets,
and when the lie rages across the face of the earth…
a holy anger about the things that are wrong in the world.
To rage against the ravaging of God’s earth,
and the destruction of God’s world.
To rage when little children must die of hunger,
when the tables of the rich are sagging with food.
To rage at the madness of militaries.
To rage at the lie that calls the threat of death and the strategy of destruction peace.
To rage against the complacency.
To restlessly seek that recklessness
that will challenge and seek to change human history
until it conforms to the norms of the Kingdom of God.

And remember –
– the signs of the Christian Church have been
the Lion,
the Lamb,
the Dove,
and the Fish…
but never
the Chameleon.

Kaj Munk, Danish priest.
He was killed by the Gestapo in 1944 shortly after delivering his sermon.

Facing 2012. What will we say?

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