Brian McLaren: Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, Mohammed, and Christopher Columbus

This past May we were honored to host Brian McLaren at MCC for a day of dialogue and learning. It was a day I will never forget, and I’m still unpacking and thinking through it in so many ways. 

During the afternoon workshop, one of Brian’s talks focused on his (brilliant and urgent) book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?  Part of this talk speaks to the impact and problem of Christopher Columbus. More and more of us, when learning about the actions and beliefs of Columbus, are becoming uncomfortable celebrating this day that honors his “accomplishments.” While celebrating this man’s legacy is problematic, we must remember all the uncomfortable details. To forget them would dishonor those Columbus and his men mistreated, and potentially doom us to repeating those same atrocities in other ways, on other people, today. 

If you would like to listen to Brian’s talk, you will find it here.

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