As usual, there’s a lot going on at Fiat Lux.  There is a wonderful poem on salvation by Lynn Ungar in What is salvation?  Ask a poet:

Salvation

By what are you saved? And how?
Saved like a bit of string,
tucked away in a drawer?
Saved like a child rushed from
a burning building, already
singed and coughing smoke?
Or are you salvaged
like a car part — the one good door
when the rest is wrecked?

Do you believe me when I say
you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved, anointed by gentle hands
where you are most tender?
Haven’t you seen
the way snow curls down
like a fresh sheet, how it
covers everything,
makes everything
beautiful, without exception? (more…)

Jim Richardson has shared an essay from his friend, Holly, who is actively exploring her faith.  She says:

I wonder about the term “Christian” because it seems as if it’s used a bit loosely as of late. … But what gets me thinking is this, “We all believe in the same God.” Do we really?

If you want to see the whole thing, click here.

I somehow missed this on Fiat Lux when it came out.  The suggestion is that some evangelicals in the United Kingdom and the United States are changing their position on gay marriage.  You can see Jim’s whole piece here.  Most interesting to me are links to two op ed pieces.  The first is jointly written by David Blankenhorn (a conservative) and Jonathan Rauch (a liberal) called A Reconciliation on Gay Marriage  (suggesting a way to compromise).  The second is by William Saletan called This is the Way the Culture Wars End.  I don’t agree with either of them.  But they offer a lot of food for thought.  And they both try to suggest a way forward where people who disagree actually talk to each other in good faith, rather then demonize each other.  I certainly like that idea.

Barbara Harris, the first woman to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion, just celebrated 20 years of service as a bishop.  Jim Richardson comments on this in his blog, Fiat Lux, saying:

We came into the Episcopal Church because of Barbara Harris, though it was years before we met her and got to tell her our story. In 1989, as Lori and I were planning to get married, we talked about finding a church to be our faith home. I had grown up in the Episcopal Church, and Lori in the Catholic Church. I felt disillusioned by the Episcopal Church as a young adult because it seemed so rigid and out-of-touch, and Lori felt much the same way about the church of her youth. 

If you want to see more, click here.

My friend Jim Richardson links to a report by the Commonwealth and Voices of Virginia Children that predicts how the recession will hit the poor in Virginia and invites everyone to watch Oprah today where the ministry of Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento will be featured.  You can see both here.

Again, a selection from my friend Jim Richardson’s blog, Fiat Lux, where he quotes a poem from R M Rilke (who I like).  If you are interested, find it here.

My friend Jim Richardson linked to this post of an article by Matin Marty (found in Ekklesia) in his blog (fiat lux).  It is about the appropriateness of using Jesus in public prayers (like the inauguration).  I think it’s food for thought.  If you’re interested, you can see the article here:  “Inaugurating Jesus?