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Walter Brueggemann

Shalom is the substance of the biblical vision of one community embracing all creation. It refers to all those resources and factors which make communal harmony joyous and effective. . . . It is well-being that exists in the very midst of threats—from sword and drought, and from wild animals. It is well-being of a material, physical, historical kind, not idyllic "pie in the sky," but "salvation" in the midst of trees and crops and enemies. — Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

But we are [Christ's] people. We have eaten at his table. We have heard his word. We are identified as the odd ones in the world, called to be at odds with the world, ordained to call into question the world's way of doing business. — Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

The church is mandated not just to do kind things, but mandated to perceive the world differently: to know that the wave of the future is not in putting people down, but in raising them up; the fruit of the kingdom is not in excluding but in including. — Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

There are buoyant powers of healing at work in the world that do not depend on us, that we need not finance or keep functioning and that are not at our disposal. — Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann

Every imperial agent wants to reduce what is possible to what is available.

Simone Weil

Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates. The truth is, nobody really possesses it. — Simone Weil

Walter Brueggemann

We have privy information about God’s intent for the world; and since then, we are marked men and women bearing a secret vision the world cannot tolerate. But isn’t it great to know it and to be invited to live it?!

Walter Brueggemann

God is at the breaking points in human community. — Walter Brueggemann

Denise Levertov

And when it was claimed The war had ended, it had not ended. — Denise Levertov

Walter Brueggemann

The doxologies of ancient Israel, the lyrical soaring of Paul’s Epistles, and the regular amazement evoked by the deeds and teaching of Jesus all converge in the stunning affirmation that the world is other than we had taken it to be, because the world is the venue for God’s reign.