Mark Longhurst

Mark Longhurst writes and hosts the contemplative-themed blog Ordinary Mystic.  He is pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC, in Williamstown, Mass. 

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Why Resistance Is Not Enough

by Mark Longhurst 08-09-2017

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So much in the world needs to change, but the people doing the most to change the world are often zealous. I know I was — and self-righteous, too. Yet perpetual effort to forge a new world did not heal my soul; rather, it deepened my soul’s sense of separation from love. To put it theologically, a friend involved with left-wing Catholic Worker style communities describes a subtle culture of “not enough,” as communal embodiment of what Martin Luther called “works-righteousness.”