2020 Writings – inclusive

This is an occasionally annotated “table of contents” for my 2020 blog posts:

  1. The Feast of Epiphany – January 6, 2020
  2. Litany for Ash and Oil – January 11, 2020 (worship aid for Ash Wednesday thinking about climate crisis)
  3. Be Salty: A Top Ten Teachings List for Jesus – January 16, 2020
  4. Lydia: Patron Saint of Purple … and Piss – January 27, 2020
  5. The Day the Levees Broke – February 1, 2020 (anguished, angry reflections on the Senate impeachment process)
  6. Madagascar’s Four Unlikely Evangelists – February 8, 2020
  7. LENT 2020: Keeping Faith on a Fragile Planet – February 20, 2020 (not exactly a daily devotional; more a daily “actional” for Lent)
  8. JPMorgan: Banking on an Apocalypse … – February 21, 2020 (on investing IN climate chaos)
  9. Eschatology, Solidarity, and the Bern – March 8, 2020
  10. The Shape of Love in a Time of Contagion – March 12, 2020 (the first of what became a series of posts on the pandemic – this one about – not – gathering for worship)
  11. Making Ourselves Present (Across the Distance) – March 15, 2020 (on taking social distancing with deadly earnest)
  12. BREAKING: God Tests Positive – March 16, 2020 (satire in service of theological truth)
  13. A Father’s Words to Far Off Children – March 20, 2020 (writing to my kids – across the country – about the pandemic)
  14. Hospitality … in “the Distance” – March 22, 2020 (whimsy on working from home – but with a deeper purpose)
  15. Praying the Lord’s Prayer in a Pandemic – March 29, 2020
  16. Grief Upon Grief – April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday reflection on all the death coming our way)
  17. How to Empty a Tomb – April 11, 2020 (Easter – in a time when tombs are filling left and right)
  18. “Liberate Minnesota” Didn’t Liberate Anything – April 18, 2020 (on the protests against the “stay-at-home” directives)
  19. Gaslighting & the Gospel … Post-Pandemic Faithfulness – April 28, 2020
  20. America’s Zyklon B Moment – May 6, 2020 (unnerving reflections about the costs we’re ready – eager?! – to pay to re-open)
  21. Pandemic Mutations – May 7, 2020 (a personal piece on being a writer in these times)
  22. Pornstars, Parables, and the Pandemic – May 8, 2020 (unexpected insights from beyond the edge …)
  23. Haunted by My Past – May 21, 2020 (a tale of kindness finding me from my past)
  24. Note to Self on How to Respond to a Lynching – May 27, 2020 (written in the anguished anger following George Floyd’s murder)
  25. Sometimes a Riot is an Act of God— – May 30, 2020 (on the sometimes holy character of civil unrest))
  26. Come This Wilderness (Abolition 1) – June 8, 2020 (a first tentative reflection on the calls for defunding the police)
  27. Trump’s Pride Assault on Trans Lives – June 15, 2020 (unpacking the misinformation in a social media post shared by a friend)
  28. He cried for his Mama (poem) – June 18, 2020 (on George Floyd’s murder)
  29. Everybody But (acrostic poem) – June 19, 2020 (again, on George Floyd’s murder)
  30. Coming Out Against White Allies – June 20, 2020 (thinking out loud about why “ally” falls short)
  31. Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff (Abolition 2) – June 30, 2020 (a second, more “assertive” view on police abolition)
  32. Follow the Drinking Gourd (Abolition 3) – July 2, 2020 (a third abolition piece)
  33. The Hollow Man and the Fourth of July Fireworks – July 5, 2020 (reflecting on the atrocity of music played at Mount Rushmore)
  34. The Poor Will be With You Always (Abolition 4) – July 8, 2020 (invoking the memory of Kurt Vonnegut for abolition)
  35. When Stones Shout (Abolition 5) – July 9, 2020 (a fifth piece on abolition)
  36. From Mount Sinai to Minneapolis (Abolition 6) – July 11, 2020 (a sixth piece on abolition and a theology of promise)
  37. 61 Going On 19 (poem) – July 24, 2020 (personal – on viewing Comet Neowise)
  38. Being Anti-Racist IS an Act of Faith – July 24, 2020 (reflection sparked by an online class on Dismantling Whiteness)
  39. Good Christian Racist: My Journey Out of Whiteness – August 3, 2020 (autobiographical reflection from Dismantling Whiteness)
  40. Albert Weiss and the Ku Klux Klan – August 4, 2020 (a bit of family history unfolded; sparked by Dismantling Whiteness)
  41. Five Loaves, Two Fish, and a Truck – in Uganda – August 8, 2020 (a fund appeal to support a friend in Uganda)