Opening Statement- Homrich Trial

Last week began the trial for Bill Wylie-Kellermann and Marian Kramer for blocking the water shut off trucks in Detroit a year and a half ago. The trial continues to be underway. Here is Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s opening statement to the jury. 11/20/15 Good afternoon… Thank you for serving on this jury. I myself am called […]

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 […]

Resistance to Drones in Upstate NY

Folks in upstate NY have been engaging in a long-term campaign of civil disobedience in resistance to drone warfare. Below is the reported testimony at Mark Coleville’s trial as reported on http://upstatedroneaction.org. Mark Colville, a Catholic Worker from New Haven, Connecticut, was tried on September 18 and 19 on five charges stemming from a peaceful, […]

A Reflection on Mary Oliver

This piece was developed during the third Bartimaeus Institute Online (BIO) Study Cohort 2017-2018.  These pieces will eventually be published in a Women’s Breviary collection.  For more information regarding the BIO Study Cohort go here.   By Kristen Snow Mary Oliver spends her life offering her view of the world as a gift to anyone, […]

Sermon: Cockroaches are my superhero too?

By Lydia Wylie-Kellermann September 30, 2018 at Day House Catholic Worker James 5:1-6 “Guess what Mommy? Cockroaches are awesome!!!” Isaac said to be right after school last week. “Oh yeah?” “Yeah, they can hold their breath under water for a whole hour! (or at least 4 minutes) And they have a hard shell! Also, they […]

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 […]

Trayvon Martin, the Legacy of Lynching, and the Role of White Women

By Melanie S. Morrison. Re-posted from LivingFormations.   *Five years ago , George Zimmerman was exonerated for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Three years ago today, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County Texas jail cell. Just this week the Department of Justice announced a re-opening of its investigation into the lynching of Emmett Till.  It is […]

Sermon: She was not: The Bible’s most vividly brutal story, and why we must read and remember it

  Ken Sehested, Circle of Mercy, 9.19.05 Judges 19:1-30 There have been two special occasions in my life when I have become agonizingly aware of the special fear women feel over the threat of sexual assault. The first happened when Nancy and I were counting the days before our wedding in 1973. Every couple weeks […]

Always on the Verge of Being Mesmerized by Uncertainty

Today, we begin our Lenten journey together, daily meditating on the words of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967.   Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am […]

Sermon: Grounded in the Bedrock of Faith

By Joyce Hollyday. January 29, 2017, Circle of Mercy, Asheville, NC Micah 6:8; Matthew 5:1-12 On the night of January 19th, the eve of the inauguration, several of us from Circle of Mercy’s immigration mission group gathered at the home that Bill and I share. We kept a vigil in the tradition of the Watch […]