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 […]

The Resurrection is Against the Law

An excerpt from Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s classic Seasons of Faith and Conscience (1991). The sealing of the tomb is, I believe, notoriously misunderstood. I grew up with a Sunday School notion that to seal the tomb was a matter of hefting the big stone and cementing it tight. The seal, in my mind’s eye, was something […]

In Ever-More Predatory and Beguiling Forms

From Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s recent release Principalities in Particular: A Practical Theology of the Powers That Be (Oct 2017): In the struggle for racial justice the recognition of “institutional racism,” that insidious structural element far beyond personal prejudice, was a huge step toward seeing racism as a principality. Ironically, however, the liberal preoccupation with its institutional […]

Death is All They’ve Got to Stand On

By Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann (right) *This is the 8th installation of a year-long series of posts from contributors all over North America each answering the question, “How would you define radical discipleship?” We will be posting responses regularly on Mondays during 2019. If you would be my disciples… take up your cross and follow me. […]

God’s Way of Whispering to Me

On June 18 2019 as part of the “40 Days of Action,” the Michigan Poor Peoples Campaign: of a National Call for Moral Renewal, undertook a series of direct actions in and around Campus Martius, center for the development priorities of Dan Gilbert and the administration of Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan. Gilbert owns some 100 […]

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 […]