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Philando Castile was from the Rondo neighborhood where this highway cut straight through it.

Marshall McLuhan often remarked that fish know nothing of water. They are too immersed in their environment to get the appropriate distance. They have no alternative context to compare it with. What does this mean for white people who were born into environments that their forefathers created to separate...

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“mission is defined as what you do to join in God’s world-renewing project.”
Paul Sparks, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

“Loving without agenda: Often our neighborhoods are filled with special interest groups. The church is not a special interest group; rather we have a reconciling mission that seeks unity, that all might flourish. Consider how your faith community can champion what others are already doing.”
Paul Sparks, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

“Sometimes the best catalyst for local responsibility is actually taking pilgrimages to other local places.”
Paul Sparks, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

“For too long we’ve closed ourselves to the participatory life of our senses, inured ourselves to the felt intelligence of our muscled flesh and its manifold solidarities. We’ve taken our primary truths from technologies that hold the world at a distance. Such tools can be mighty useful, and beneficial as well, as long as the insights that they yield are carried carefully back to the lived world, and placed in service to the more-than-human matrix of corporeal encounter and experience. But technology can also, and easily, be used as a way to avoid direct encounter, as a shield—etched”
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“The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom.”
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“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
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“The contemporary sedentary is someone who feels at home everywhere, thanks to cellphones, and the nomad is someone who does not feel at home anywhere, someone who is excluded, ostracized.”
Paul Virilio, The Administration of Fear

“Humanity might bless earth--if we work with and for creation, if we master our selfishness in service to all our neighbors, if we cultivate wildness as a kind of wealth.”
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