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Mother Pelican: Theological Reflections on the Need to Transcend Patriarchal Domination
(The pelican is an ancient symbol of unconditional service.)

Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor  — http://pelicanweb.org/

Mother Pelican feeding her young

Mother Pelican feeding her young

The patriarchal culture of control and domination is the root of all social and ecological violence. It corrupted the original unity of man and woman (cf. Genesis 3:16) and is now disrupting the harmony between humanity and the human habitat. Just as we are now aware that slavery and racism are moral evils, we must become aware that gender discrimination is a moral evil that must be eradicated if solidarity and sustainability are to be attained.

The need to reform patriarchal structures applies to both secular and religious institutions. Overcoming patriarchy is a “sign of the times” to the extent that it fosters authentic gender solidarity and nonviolence for the good of humanity and the glory of God. Given the enormous influence of religious traditions, it is especially critical for religious institutions to extirpate any semblance of male hegemony in matters of doctrine and religious practices.

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If Not Empire, What? — A Survey of the Bible

From the authors, Berry Friesen and John K Stoner,
The Bible is the most diverse and time-tested set of writings we have on the intersection of life, empire and faith. It deserves careful attention in a time like ours when imperial “solutions” threaten Earth.

We are simply asking people to read the Bible the way it was written—as a collection of arguments about life, love and power. Especially, we ask people to pay attention to the big argument, whether God created the world to work by the imperial paradigm of domination and homicidal power or by the peasant-and-commoner vision of compassion and community.

We have placed this book into the Creative Commons and offer it to you free of charge as a PDF document. We also invite to purchase printed copies from our page on Createspace.com.   For more information, please visit www.bible-and-empire.net.


 

conscience-behind-bars-cover-pic-small New for 2013:  Conscience Behind Bars 

The Prison Letters of Norman Lowry

FREE PDF BOOK (or available now as paperback for $5.00)

Arrested for his acts of faith-inspired civil disobedience, Norman Lowry reflects from his prison cell on what it means to follow Jesus in a culture of perpetual war-making.


The Spiral of Violence (free PDF copy – 6MB) is a classic statement (1971) of many of the concerns of liberation theology by Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife in the underdeveloped northeast of Brazil. Dom Helder Camara is often remembered for having said,   “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.” This PDF copy was produced by Alastair McIntosh.



Getting the Poor Down From the Cross:
A Christology of Liberation

Complied by Jose-Maria Vigil on behalf of the International Theological Commission.  More than 40 Co-Authors: Leonardo BOFF (foreword), Tissa BALASURIYA, Marcelo BARROS, Teófilo CABESTRERO, Oscar CAMPANA, Víctor CODINA, José COMBLIN, CONFER de Nicaragua, Lee CORMIE, Eduardo DE LA SERNA, José ESTERMANN, Benedito FERRARO, Eduardo FRADES, Luis Arturo GARCÍA DÁVALOS, Ivone GEBARA, Eduardo HOORNAERT, Diego IRARRÁZAVAL, Jung Mo SUNG, Paul KNITTER, João Batista LIBÂNIO, María y José Ignacio LÓPEZ VIGIL, Carlos MESTERS, Alberto PARRA, Richard RENSHAW, Jean RICHARD, Pablo RICHARD, Luis RIVERA PAGÁN, José SÁNCHEZ SÁNCHEZ, Stefan SILBER, Ezequiel SILVA, Alfonso Mª Ligório SOARES, José SOLS LUCIA, Paulo SUESS, Luiz Carlos SUSIN, Faustino TEIXEIRA, Pedro TRIGO, José María VIGIL, and Jon SOBRINO (epilogue).  Available in English, Spanish and Italian.

 

World Latin American Agenda 2009 is a collection of articles representing the latest thinking along the boundary when faith encounters oppression.  The 2009 edition is about 250 pages and explores the theme “Towards A New Socialism: Utopia Continues.”   Click the following links for…

Table of Contents

Introduction

This document is also available in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and Italian from the archive of  www.latinoamericana.org .


 The Violence of Love
by Archbishop Oscar Romero
From the publisher:    From the stirring foreword by Henri Nouwen to the last page of Romero’s text, this powerful little volume of eloquent, simple meditations never wastes a word. Yet the real depth of Romero’s message lies not in his words themselves, poetic as they are. It lies in the life they give witness to: the hard life of a man who was martyred for his faith. Thus The Violence of Love gives more insight, perhaps, than any biographical account of his life.  [Many thanks to Plough Publishing House for making this book available in free English and Spanish PDF editions.]

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Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution

by André Trocmé
From the publisher:    André Trocmé (1901-1971) is famous for his role in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis, as pastor of the French village of Le Chambon. But his bold deeds did not spring from a void. They were rooted in his understanding of Jesus’ way of nonviolence and the social implications of Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God on earth.  In this book, you’ll encounter a Jesus you may have never met before — a Jesus who not only calls for spiritual transformation, but for practical changes that answer the most perplexing political, economic, and social problems of our time. [Many thanks to Plough Publishing House for making this book available in a free PDF edition.]

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The Autobiography of
Martin Luther King, Jr.

edited by Clayborne Carson (selected chapters online)

From the publisher:   A professor of history and the noted author and editor of several books on the civil rights struggle, Dr. Clayborne Carson was selected by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to edit and publish Dr. King’s papers. Drawing upon an unprecedented archive of King’s own words –including unpublished letters and diaries, as well as video footage and recordings — Dr. Carson creates an unforgettable self-portrait of Dr. King. In his own vivid, compassionate voice, here is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as student, minister, husband, father, and world leader…as well as a rich, moving chronicle of a people and a nation in the face of powerful-and still resonating-change.

The following selected chapters are available free of charge in web page format as part of the King Papers project at Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public. (You can purchase this book from online bookstores around the world through this Link to Global-Find-A-Book.)

 
1. Early Years 
2. Morehouse College 
3. Crozer Seminary 
4. Boston University 
5. Coretta 
6. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church 
7. Montgomery Movement Begins 
8. The Violence of Desperate Men 
(Chapter 9 not available)
10. The Expanding Struggle 
11. Birth of a New Nation 
12. Brush with Death 
13. Pilgrimage to Nonviolence 
14. The Sit-In Movement 
15. Atlanta Arrest and Presidential Politics 
16. The Albany Movement

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A Knock at Midnight
Martin Luther King, Jr.

With fiery words of hope, wisdom, and a passion for justice that resonate as much today as they did years ago, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., stirred the deepest convictions of listeners everywhere, inspiring them to extraordinary acts of courage and perseverance that ignited one of the most influential movements of the twentieth century.

 Knock at Midnight is the definitive collection of eleven of Dr. King’s most powerful and spiritual sermons, moving and meaningful words to live by for everyone. Compiled by Stanford historian Dr. Clayborne Carson, director of the King Papers Project, and by contributing editor Peter Holloran, this volume covers the full range of Dr. King’s preaching career, from the earliest known audio recording of King preaching to his last sermon, delivered just days before his assassination.

Especially featured are the title sermon, among Dr. King’s favorite and most challenging, and seven sermons never before seen in print. A Knock at Midnight also includes eleven important introductions by some of the renowned ministers and theologians of our time: Reverend Billy Graham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bishop T. J. Jakes, among others. Here they share their personal reflections on the sermons and firsthand accounts of the events surrounding their delivery.

With humor, insight, and a fierce and unstoppable desire for equality, as well as deeply felt compassion, A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT is Dr. King’s voice today. It stands as one of his enduring legacies … and a resounding call to the soul. It not only reveals words that shaped our history, but lives and breathes with an urgency and relevance that inspires the greatness in us all. “I am convinced that Martin’s faith in the precious, embracing, amazing love of God was rewarded… Several years after his death I saw my friend in a dream. ‘It’s all right, Vincent. It is well with my soul.’ Somehow that message seemed large enough for me, for all of us, forever.”
–DR. VINCENT HARDING

The individual chapters of this book are available free of charge in web page or pdf format by clicking on the chapter titles below.  We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public. (You can purchase this book from online bookstores around the world through this Link to Global-Find-A-Book.)

Contents:  (available online — click title)

28 February 1954
Rediscovering Lost Values
 
4 November 1956
Paul’s Letter to American Christians
 
17 November 1957
Loving Your Enemies
 
1963
A Knock at Midnight
 
4 July 1965
The American Dream
 
5 June 1966
Guidelines for a Constructive Church
 
9 April 1967
The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life
 
27 August 1967
Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool
 
4 February 1968
The Drum Major Instinct
 
3 March 1968
Unfulfilled Dreams
31 March 1968
Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution

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A Call to Conscience
The Landmark Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard, eds.
The individual chapters of this book are available free of charge in web page or pdf format by clicking on the chapter titles below.  We gratefully acknowledge the King family and The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University for making this work available to the public.  (You can purchase this book from online bookstores around the world through this Link to Global-Find-A-Book.)

 

INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS TO READ/DOWNLOAD:

5 December 1955
MIA Mass Meeting at Holt Street Baptist Church
 
7 April 1957
“The Birth of a New Nation,” Sermon at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
 
17 May 1957
“Give Us the Ballot,” Address at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom
 
23 June 1963
Speech at the Great March on Detroit
 
28 August 1963
“I Have a Dream,” Address at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Chinese Arabic Deutsch English Espanol Francais Indian Italiano Korean MarathiNihongo Portugueses Po-russki
 
18 September 1963
“Eulogy for the Martyred Children”
 
10 December 1964
Acceptance Speech at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony
 
25 March 1965
“Our God Is Marching On!”
 
4 April 1967
“Beyond Vietnam”
Indian
 
16 August 1967
“Where Do We Go From Here?”
 
3 April 1968
“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

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M O R E   O F   DR.  K I N G ‘  S   W O R K :

See our page featuring  Dr. King’s books and sermons.


Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMISelected books of Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMI, in PDF or web page format.
from http://tissabalasuriya.wordpress.com/

2009 Charity in Truth

2000 Globalization and Human Solidarity

1991 Right Relationships

1990 Mary and  Human Liberation

1984 Planetary Theology

1977 Eucharist  and Human Liberation

1976 Jesus Christ and Human  Liberation (reprint 1981)

 


A Buddhist approach to affirmation, protest and witnessing for peace…

News From True Cultivators by Heng Sure & Heng Ch’au.
An American Pilgrimage – Three Steps, One Bow for Peace
352 Pages -Text & Photos
(1.6 MB PDF file may take up to 30 seconds to download) – Free

The letters of Heng Sure and Heng Ch’au… Three steps and a bow. That’s how they walked it. Two monks on a pilgrimage of peace that took them through a series of wide-ranging encounters and extraordinary experiences — within and without. These letters and photos are a record of their amazing journey.

Two American Buddhist monks on a journey of a lifetime, from downtown Los Angeles to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talamage, California. A journey of more than 800 miles that took two years and nine months to complete. They bowed in peace, and for peace. Touching their foreheads to the ground, opening their hearts with one wish for the world. Peace. For everyone, everyday, everywhere.

From the large and wonderfully generous
Urban Dharma Library of free Buddhist e-books


“Green” liberation spirituality streaming video workshop/lecture series now available…

Eco-philosopher, teacher, writer, mother, and friend-of-all-life, Joanna Macy, has generously consented to share free of charge with all who may be interested, the heart of her current teaching and training work.

Go to video series    More about Joanna Macy.

“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.”     J. Macy


YouTube videos on Liberation Theology

Black Liberation Theology  PBS Bill Moyers Interviews Jeremiah Wright

Paulo Freire: liberation theology and Marx (subtitled)

A Conversation with James Cone  Trinity Institute’s Bob Scott talks with theologian James H. Cone about race, religion and violence.

Pax Christi USA interview with Jon Sobrino, SJ  (PART ONE)   PART TWO   Pax Christi USA honored Rev. Jon Sobrino, SJ with the Pax Christi USA Book Award for 2008 at its annual gathering at the School of the Americas Vigil and Action on Friday, November 21. Rev. Sobrino, the sole suriving member of the Jesuit community following the massacre by SOA graduates in November 1989, which claimed the lives of 6 of his brother Jesuits, their co-worker and her daughter, was honored for his book, No Salvation Outside the Poor: Prophetic-Utopian Essays, published by Orbis Books.

IN SPANISH:

Gustavo Gutierrez biography and interview #1

Gustavo Gutierrez interview #2