Tommy Tackett and Bill Wylie-Kellermann begin 12 Day Jail Sentence

By Lydia Wylie-Kellermann On May 21, 2018, 16 people were arrested in Michigan as part of the Poor People’s Campaign 40 days of actions around the country. They blocked the entrances to the Department of Health and Human Services. It was a cry against the systemic racism so ingrained in our systems that claim to […]

Journaling on the outside of the Jail

By Lydia Wylie-Kellermann This Advent my dad, Bill Wylie-Kellermann, spent 10 days in jail for an action he was part of in the spring with the Poor People’s Campaign. Each night I journaled and shared them on facebook. It was a practice that held my heart steady in a rather chaotic week and a half. […]

Truth Sunday

Sermon B Proper 29 “Christ the King” Preached at the Church of the Incarnation, Ann Arbor, MI, November 25, 2018 By Bill Wylie-Kellermann Psalm 93 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 I do love the church’s liturgical year, setting the rhythms of our prayer, our community life – and, on occasion, our public witness […]

An Unbound Spirit

By Bill Wylie-Kellermann. A review of Jim Forest’s At Play in the Lion’s Den: A Biography and Spiritual Memoir of Daniel Berrigan (Orbis books 2017). A shorter version of this was published in the November 2018 issue of Sojourners Magazine. When Fa. Daniel Berrigan and his brother Philip, along with AJ Muste, John Howard Yoder, and […]

Disobedience Here Below

Re-shared from Tikkun. Ordained from Hebrew College of Boston in 2014, Rabbi Alana Alpert serves a dual position as rabbi of Congregation T’chiyah and as a community organizer with Detroit Jews for Justice. Because they have been working closely together on the Michigan Poor Peoples Campaign, she invited Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann to share the teaching […]

The Dysfunction of Denial

From Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s newest release Dying Well: The Resurrected Life of Jeanie Wylie-Kellermann: I don’t intend to use it as a frame, but I do want to say something about denial. I understand how healthy a survival mechanism denial can be in certain circumstances, a sane way to cope in the short term. So let […]

The Seminary, The Sanctuary & The Streets

By Bill Wylie-Kellermann There are a number of sweet connections between Word and World and the Poor Peoples Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. As the campaign heats up in the midst of these 40 days of action and witness, it’s worth remembering a few of them. In 2003, we did one off our […]