Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Black and Blue Church

If you haven't read this book yet by Becky Garrison (Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness accounts of How american churches are hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and worshipping the almighty dollar) it's a fun keeper. Thought I would pass on a handy reference she has in one of her appendices...

"Where I Reflect"
www.beliefnet.com, www.ChristianityToday.com, Evangelicals for Social Action at www.esa-online.org, www.internationaldayofpeace.org, Joan Chittister's Weekly column at www.nationalcatholicreporter.org/fwis/index.html, www.therevealer.org, Sojourners at www.sojo.net, SoMA: A Review of Religion and Culture--Society of Mutual Autopsy at www.somareview.com

"Where I laugh"
Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian at www.bettybowers.com, www.comedycentral.com/tv_shows/thedailyshowwithjonstewart, www.landoverbaptist.org, www.theonion.com, www.presidentialprayerteam.org, www.ship-of-fools.com, www.wittenburgdoor.com.

"Where I pray"
www.emergentvillage.com, www.greenbelt.org.uk, www.henrinouwen.org, and www.sanctuaryny.org

What I like about the book beyond the obvious is how, at the end, she mentions finding the emergent church and its inclusive Christianity. She doesn't go into church planting (and yet I bet she could really give it a good and hilarious going over) but she does briefly mention the community forming of the emergent movement and Tikkun's Network for Spiritual Progressives. Which is more than any other more serious book of the many many this year on taking back faith, God, Jesus, Church, etc.