I am trying to live my life in the service of that which is life-giving and in resistance to that which is death-dealing. Given my own context — I am a bourgeois white male and a citizen of Canada — I realize just how deeply my daily life is steeped in the blood of others. Therefore, I am continually trying to both remove the blood from my hands by changing the ways in which I live my life, while also seeking to challenge the structures and Powers that profit from our status quo. Not only that, I am also trying to be a part of communities that seek to form creative alternatives to the way things are. Thus, both deconstruction and new creation are needed, as well as a sustained analysis of our world so that we do not mistake that which is death-dealing for the way of Life.
I believe that we live in a world that contains more than enough for everybody and I believe that there is no good reason who some hoard the abundence of life while others are consigned to die in sick, lonely, poor and oppressed. I want us to share life together in such a way as to see abundant life for all, not just for some.
In my (mostly weak and inconsequential) efforts to draw near to these things, I have pursued higher education and scholarship, as well as on the ground activism and efforts to move into solidarity with (or at least act as an ally to) those who some would describe as “the crucified people of today.” That has taken a variety forms — from writing letters to politicians, to engaging in protests, to experimenting with direct action, to working and volunteering with different social services, to coming alongside of various communities of resistance, and living within “intentional communities” that seek to embody a better vision for a life that is conscious and loving and just.
I am also married to a lovely lady, have one lovely son, and another child on the way. Having a family, while pursuing these objectives, has been interesting. In theory, a love for some should not lead to conflict with a love for all (and vice versa) but in reality things are a whole lot messier and conflicts arise. I have not always been the best at negotiating this.
I am currently writing a two volume work entitled “Paul and the Uprising of the Dead: Eschatology, Ethics and Empires.”
My blog is a reflection on all these things that compose my life and make me who I am. I use the tag “poser or prophet” not to suggest that I am a prophet (despite what my critics say) but to remind myself that, although I strive to live a life in line with the embodied proclamations of the latter, I am more often found in the company of the former.