Monday, November 28, 2005

CrossLeft Presents: Kety Esquivel and PeaceSong

Today’s show will be the first in a series that I’ll sprinkle through the shows over the coming months. We’d like to introduce you to the folks who currently form the CrossLeft Leadership Team and give you an idea of why each of us has become involved in this movement. Today’s episode will introduce you to Kety Esquivel, the Executive Director and founder of CrossLeft. Kety’s vision got this whole train moving and I speak for multitudes when I say that we’re all enormously grateful for that vision and her leadership. Our featured musician today, Mark Foley and PeaceSong, has performed for United for Peace and Justice, WESPAC, the Theatre Against War Freedom Follies and the Social Justice Ministry of the Riverside Church in New York. Mark Foley's recordings have aired on public radio nationwide. He has also performed on VH-1(MTV Networks).
And so, CrossLeft proudly presents, Kety Esquivel and PeaceSong.

Many thanks to the PeaceSong for today’s music and to Kety Esquivel for her leadership, vision and her words. You can find out more about PeaceSong, free downloadable mp3's and information about the music at http://www.peacesong.com. You can find Kety on our CrossLeft homepage at http://www.crossleft.org. You can also find these links with proper spelling and all that in our show notes on our podcast host page at http://crossleft.blogspot.com.

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If you are a progressive Christian artist, minister or activist who’d like to be featured on the CrossLeft podcast, please e-mail me at robbmoore@mac.com. That’s Robb with 2b’s. We’d be happy to oblige!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

CrossLeft presents: Landon Whitsett's Ordo and Kevin Kane

Our musician this week is Kevin Kane (http://www.kanesongs.com), a folk singer/songwriter from New York City. While I’m pretty sure that Kevin wouldn’t consider himself a Christian artist, I haven’t heard a song yet that so closely matches what I imagine our Christ saying himself about the religious right’s use of him as the poster-boy for such a heartless and hate-filled set of domestic and foreign policy agendas. Kevin’s music hails back to an era of music that was more than entertainment, and risked offense with an honest and raw expression and even through healthy helpings of irony and cynicism, served a deeper calling in putting its finger on the hypocrisy inherent in the social order. There’s something in today’s song to make just about anyone uncomfortable, even us progressive Christians. Yeah, just like Jesus. I don’t know, I've just got to say I love this song and I say we need more Kevin Kane’s in this world and we certainly need more Christians who are willing to articulate the vision and spirit of a Jesus who is five foot two and doesn’t have eyes of blue. “Good Ol’ Jesus” will play in its entirety following our featured speaker, the Rev. Landon Whitsett. Living in Louisville, Kentucky, Landon is an ordained Presbyterian minister and serves as a program director of an inter-religious organization in Louisville. Landon serves as host of several interesting web initiatives, including a daily blog, theological writings, music, and podcasts all of which can be found at http://www.landonville.com. Today’s episode features the first of Landon’s ongoing series of meditations on Romans.

Many thanks to the Kevin Kane for today’s music and to the Rev. Landon Whitsett for the first in his series of meditations on Romans. You can find out more about Kevin Kane and information about his music at http://www.kanesongs.com. You can find Landon at http://www.landonville.com. You can also find these links with proper spelling and all that in our show notes on our podcast host page at crossleft.blogspot.com.

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If you are a progressive Christian artist, minister or activist who’d like to be featured on the CrossLeft podcast, please e-mail me at robbmoore@mac.com. That’s Robb with 2b’s. We’d be happy to oblige!

Monday, November 14, 2005

CrossLeft presents: Dylan's Lectionary Blog

Got a great show for you today. I’m expanding our musical scope this week by including an artist that I discovered at opsound.org, a collection of open source, creative commons musicians. Our musician this week is Andrew Vavrek, a very interesting artist working in the open source movement. Vavrek’s piece, “Peace on Earth” will play in its entirety following our featured speaker, Sarah Dylan Breuer. Rooted in the Anglican tradition, Sarah hosts a wonderful and very popular blog at www.sarahlaughed.net and is already established herself as an important voice for progressive Christianity through her lectionary meditations and sermons. Her website is a terrific introduction to her compelling thought and artful discourse and Dylan is introduced there as a preacher, teacher, and thinker with a master's degree in New Testament from St. Mary's Divinity College of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a a Ph.D. candidate in the history of early Christianity at U.C.L.A.. Her lectionary blog, which offers reflections on biblical readings for the coming Sunday in the lectionary, was recently named among "The Best Spiritual Blogs on the Internet" by Beliefnet.com. Dylan is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Maryland; she also serves on the board of Integrity and in the Emerging Women's Leadership Initiative's national consultation, and as president of Gathering the Next Generation (the national network of Generation Episcopalians. As a longtime U2 fan, she was pleased to contribute six meditations to the recent book Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog. In her spare time, she loves cooking, playing guitar, and questing for the perfect cup of coffee. And so, this week, CrossLeft proudly presents Sarah Dylan Breuer as she presents for us her lectionary blog for this week, Proper 28, Year A.

Many thanks to the Andrew Vavrek for today’s music and to Sarah Dylan Breuer for her lectionary meditation. You can find out more about Andrew Vavrek and information about his music at http://vavrek.com/ or http://opsound.org. You can find Dylan at http://www.sarahlaughed.net. You can also these links in our show notes on our podcast host page at crossleft.blogspot.com.

If you are a progressive Christian artist, minister or activist who’d like to be featured on the CrossLeft podcast, please e-mail me at robbmoore@mac.com.

More information about our show and CrossLeft:

Each week we’ll feature a progressive Christian minister or activist as well as a progressive Christian musician or music that is consistent with the spirit of CrossLeft, as we seek to introduce you to a diverse range of progressive Christian voices from across the country, each of whom are following a calling to articulate the progressive core of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we fully expect there to be a diversity of opinion and belief even within our ranks, and we will endeavor to encourage and respect such diversity of thought, belief and expression as we all respond in distinctive ways to the liberating call of our savior.

CrossLeft.org is a strategic clearing-house and central hub for grassroots activism among progressive Christians. We believe that working from CrossLeft.org, we have the power to take back the way in which Christianity is perceived and interpreted. CrossLeft encourages you to ask, “What if progressive Christians, concerned about justice, responsibility, and care for the poor, could help to reframe the ongoing conversation about faith?” The Executive Director of CrossLeft, Kety Esquivel, the Leadership Team members and the members of CrossLeft.org welcome you to join us in answering this question. You can find us on the web at www.crossleft.org and we invite you to become a member and join us as we reclaim our faith and help to reframe the conversation about Christianity in the United States of America.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

CrossLeft Presents: Gary Vance and Will Burhans

We have a great show for you today. Our musician this week is the Rev. Will Burhans, who serves as pastor of Charlotte Congregational Church, in Charlotte, Vermont. Will presents for us today his song, “What Does the Lord Require?” a beautiful interpretation of Micah 6, verse 8. Will’s song will play in its entirety following our featured speaker, The Rev. Gary Vance, pastor of Word of Life Ministries in Leona, Tennessee. Gary delivers for us an essay, "Wasn't Jesus a Liberal?" that he had published at CommonDreams.org in October of last year. Gary has had a remarkable spiritual journey within the Christian faith and the various ministries that he has shepherded are a testament to the strength of his calling to follow Christ in reaching out to the poor, to the dispossessed and to those who are crying out in our society for social justice. We’ll hear more from Gary in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned. You can find out more about Will and information about ordering his Cds at www.revwillburhans.com. You can contact Gary at gvance1@gmail.com.

Special Announcement:

This week we would especially urge you to consider joining religious leaders in California in their stand against propositions 74, 75, 76, 77, and 78 and their support of propositions 79 and 80 in the California special election on November 8. You can find out more about these propositions and sign the petition at the California religious leaders’ website: http://www.faithbasedleaders.org.

More information about our show and CrossLeft:

Each week we’ll feature a progressive Christian minister or activist and a progressive Christian musician as we seek to introduce you to a diverse range of progressive Christian voices from across the country, each of whom are following a calling to articulate the progressive core of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we fully expect there to be a diversity of opinion and belief even within our ranks, and we will endeavor to encourage and respect such diversity of thought, belief and expression as we all respond in distinctive ways to the liberating call of our savior.

CrossLeft.org is a strategic clearing-house and central hub for grassroots activism among progressive Christians. We believe that working from CrossLeft.org, we have the power to take back the way in which Christianity is perceived and interpreted.

CrossLeft encourages you to ask, “What if progressive Christians, concerned about justice, responsibility, and care for the poor, could help to reframe the ongoing conversation about faith?”

The Executive Director of CrossLeft, Kety Esquivel, the Leadership Team members and the members of CrossLeft.org welcome you to join us in answering this question.

You can find us on the web at www.crossleft.org and we invite you to become a member and join us as we reclaim our faith and help to reframe the conversation about Christianity in the United States of America.

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