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Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Power

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Power

August 20, 2018

In this Gospel Rewrite, Satan tempts Jesus by offering him the kingdoms of the world. And Jesus accepts.

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Wealth

Gospel Rewrite: Jesus and Wealth

August 13, 2018

In this Gospel Rewrite, the rich young ruler asks Jesus what he must do to be saved. And Jesus instructs him to go and make himself wealthier.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Common Ground is Not the Goal

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Common Ground is Not the Goal

July 6, 2018

While debriefing Narrative 4 circles I facilitate in and beyond Nashville, I often hear people say things like, “This experience reminds me of how much we all have in common. Most of the time, we’re all focused on all our differences, but we just need to remember that we are all more alike than we are different.”

This is a lovely sentiment, and one that may even be true. But it also might not be. While prioritizing the search for common ground has great use, it also runs the risk of assuming we must do this because difference is bad.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Populate Our Language with Plurals

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: Populate Our Language with Plurals

July 2, 2018

More than once during our month together, I heard Pádraig say, “We need to populate our language with plurals.” Singular language often impoverishes our understanding of issues and ideas.

Populating our language with plurals may help us remember that we are all multitudes. Even the person we think we totally understand—we don’t. Our simple, un-nuanced, stereotypical ways of speaking need always to be further complicated.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need More Villains in Our Stories

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: We Need More Villains in Our Stories

June 29, 2018

“We need more villains in our stories.” I hear Pádraig’s words as a challenge to listen to how we tell stories. More specifically, how we scapegoat in the way we tell stories.

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Political is Personal

Shadowing Pádraig Ó Tuama: The Political is Personal

June 25, 2018

Everything political is personal for someone. Politics, at its etymological root, has to do with how we organize our lives and affairs with the people we live among. And how we live among each other affects us all in personal ways.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword

“[Where the River Bends] is important … We cannot encounter these pages and remain unaffected. But what will happen to us if we listen to those we tend to ignore? This book is one way to find out. I encourage us all to listen.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, from the foreword
Ishmael Beah, bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, from the foreword

“[I Am Not Your Enemy is] important, timely, and needed … McRay … has prepared the path for us to start that journey in finding wisdom again in stories as opposed to fear.”

Ishmael Beah, bestselling author of A Long Way Gone, from the foreword
Colum McCann, National Book Award winning author of Let the Great World Spin

“Michael McRay gets poignantly to the heart of the matter. [I Am Not Your Enemy] is a book about the varied faces of grief and love and reconciliation. It is incisive, smart, and acutely necessary for our times.”

Colum McCann, National Book Award winning author of Let the Great World Spin
Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

“We can theorize about what forgiveness really means, or we can talk and listen to those we have viewed as unforgivable. Where the River Bends … offers depth of insight and perspective that is rare yet essential if we are going to move to higher ground.”

Michelle Alexander, bestselling author of The New Jim Crow
Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation

“What Michael McRay offers us [in I Am Not Your Enemy] is the collective testimony of people across the world whose stories rebuke … cheap reconciliation and challenge us to aim for more.”

Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation
Becca Stevens, Founder & President, Thistle Farms

“Michael McRay has written a stunning book … [I Am Not Your Enemy] can help all of us get our bearings…”

Becca Stevens, Founder & President, Thistle Farms
Raja Shehadeh, critically acclaimed author of Palestinian Walks

“Michael McRay brilliantly weaves stories … Read [I Am Not Your Enemy] and be moved to tears yet also inspired by hope.”

Raja Shehadeh, critically acclaimed author of Palestinian Walks
Samar Ali, Founding President of Millions of Conversations

“I Am Not Your Enemy is a timely illustration of the human spirit craving liberation, justice, dignity and equality.”

Samar Ali, Founding President of Millions of Conversations
Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, theologian, author of In the Shelter

“[I Am Not Your Enemy] is a muscle, an ache, a practice of asking the troubling questions at the heart of peace.”

Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet, theologian, author of In the Shelter
Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution

“[I Am Not Your Enemy] is so important. Michael McRay is a caretaker of stories, and he’s a master at it.”

Shane Claiborne, bestselling author of The Irresistible Revolution
John Paul Lederach, author of The Moral Imagination, Professor Emeritus at The Kroc Institute of Notre Dame

“[I Am Not Your Enemy] is the gift of a brilliant book and … a more timely set of stories can hardly be imagined.”

John Paul Lederach, author of The Moral Imagination, Professor Emeritus at The Kroc Institute of Notre Dame
Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

“Surprisingly invitational… [Letters from “Apartheid Street”] is a book worth reading and rereading. As a guide for activism, I hope these reflections will have a profoundly rippling effect.”

Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee