9/07/2008

Good Stuff on a Sunday Afternoon

Just as my grousing was getting serious three really good bits of material got posted in Anglican Blog land.

First, Just Another Black Sheep did a remarkable piece "Decoding This Election: It's All About God, Stupid!" It takes my grousing and gives it voice.

Then over at Episcopal Cafe, where so much of great value is to be found, a sort reflection on brokenness in Communion. The gift of fragmentation by Sam Portaro is a wonderful short read. Sam is a fine writer, a great priest and an old friend.

The Pluralist who speaks, Adrian Worsfold, has become an important part of my daily diet of fine writers. Whenever he takes a day off I feel undernourished (unfortunately it doesn't affect my weight). So his latest, which pokes me a bit about my grousing yesterday, was both food for thought and just a little challenging. Mary Contrary is not quite contrary, but a real reminder that there is no escape from political conversation in our sorts of blogs, that Pluralist Speaks is a political and religious blog (I knew that), and that every blog has to take religious stuff off the shelf and put it in the context of life lived with others...you know, the polis.

And then Susan Russell, who is gifted and spirited both, made my day. As I said yesterday, I loved the poster re "Jesus was an organizer, etc...." even if it wasn't true. So on a post titled, "And there you have it ..." she posted an image that is exactly right. Go over there to see it, and while you are at it put her blog on your bookmarked pages. The picture is of Martin Luther King, Jr, before the massive crowd at the March on Washington. The caption says, "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, it's nothing compared to being a small-town mayor." Great comment in a whole range of directions.


So thanks to good friends out there in blogland.

4 comments:

  1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s community organizer, of course, was Bayard Rustin.

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  2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., lest we forget, was a pastor leading people to God, not just a community organizer, and a Republican.

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  3. Prior to Nixon's cynical "southern strategy," African-Americans - particularly in the south - were more likely to support the GOP than the Democrats. After all, the Party of Lincoln had a better record on race issues than the Dems - particularly the Dixie Dems.

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  4. I recall a political science professor observing that for all his power, Dr. King could never be nominated for president. This not because he was black but rather because he had no experience as a governor, mayor or other administrative job. Now we are told organizing is enough, and it seems to be so. Don't tell the wrong wing, but times change.

    I also recall Mrs. Kennedy talking about politics being a good profession for a woman, and then speaking in terms of how she could advance her husband's career. So here we have two women, Sen. Clinton and Gov. Palin, both a bit light on administrative experience, both running and both dismissed by some part of the left. ;-)

    Politics does indeed make strange bed (you-should-pardon-the-word) fellows.

    The times they are a'chainging!

    FWIW
    jimB

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