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Disappointment and Reality at a Bay Area Church

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I'm not sure if I should write about this publicly but I feel as if, if I don't, illusions will just continue.

For the last few years, I've been immersed in liberation theology. For me, the liberation theology material I listened to on podcasts like the Creighton University series weren't even anything theological - what Gustavo Gutierrez was saying was basically Marxist structural analysis taken on a much more intimate, day to day level. He illustrated how structures create poverty in contexts much more institutional than that of nineteenth century Germany. His work with Paul Farmer is an excellent readout of the material realities of our modern world. 

The liberation theology stuff naturally led to an affinity for Oscar Romero, Dorothy Day and the like. I started attending Saint Columba Catholic Church in hopes of finding a community surrounding it. The church literally has portraits of both on it…

Insane Comment About JC Lee

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My interview with JC Lee, Stan Lee's daughter, for the Bay City Beacon illicited an insane comment:
"JC Lee did this interview about her feelings towards Marvel and her father's comic books. It is an odd interview in which she alleges Marvel's movies are gratuitous and violent. Marvel took her own father's comic books and created movies so is she saying her father writes gratuitous and violent comic books?She stated that her father started something and she is going to continue it. Continue what JC? Your father's comic books didn't promote diversity or peace. Those people you are talking about as being greedy must include your father since he is one of the most greedy and dishonest men that I have ever investigated. I hope that one day the truth comes out about your dad. Come on JC, I have spoken to you on the phone many times and I just can't visualize you writing about anything peac…

Fr. Pontifex - Invasion of the Light

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Coming Soon - Radical Second Things Volume 3

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I am currently preparing the third issue of Radical Second Things.

Each print issue of this magazine has been a bit of a learning experience. The first was just really about getting my late wife Jennifer Reimer's "Girl X" in to print. The second incorporated my collaborative work with Jordan Denato - "Stars of Courage" - in to print. In addition, I tried out different programs and ways of putting together Radical Second Things with each issue.

The third issue will continue with Jordan's art, although we are going a bit further than just artistic portraits of Daniel Barrigan or Martin Luther King Jr. and diving in to real Catholic material. I am in the process of RCIA initiation at Saint Columba Catholic Church and want to communicate the process effectively to my readers.

Opening for the Bay Area Book Festival, a Berkeley …

Liberating and Re-Branding

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For the last few years, I have been lethargic. I am just being honest about it. Perhaps not a total bum - I did volunteer work at charities or organizations like Tikkun, intentionally avoiding anything really professional, along with freelance jobs that were irregular in pay. I skated by and even figured out an elaborate system for myself to make it functional. The closest to a regular job I had was doing transcriptions for Rev, an Uber like transcription company based out of San Francisco.

Then over the last year, someone came in to my life that messed that up. Ignoring all excuses, she reminded me repeatedly that I was basically being a bum without using that word and also saying how intelligent I was and how many skills I knew about. I responded very badly when initially met with this and only got worse and worse as it went on - until I couldn'…

Moving Past Rejection

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So today I got this letter:

Dear Michael,
Thank you for your email. The editors have decided that your pitch is not suited to Commonweal at the moment. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider.Peace,Re***
I blurred out the letter writer's name for privacy reasons.
I've been published numerous places and currently have two freelance gigs, including a dream one with the Bay City Beacon, whose editor calls my work "beautiful" and says I "have my shit together." I don't take this personally although I would really like to have contributed to Commonweal. 
When I met the brilliant Catholic artist Stefan Salinas at the Bay Area Book Festival, he told me about how Ignatius Press had rejected, after a long process of having even contributed and created work for their publication, the book that became A Muslim Family's…

My friend Raphael Unpingco's Art!

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I have been friends with Raph Unpingco, an esteemed carpenter and renovation specialist, manager of a Chamorro Cultural Center and aspiring film set designer for some time now. He has a casual interest in art and art that many people wouldn't appreciate. He regularly posts about archeological finds, including art ranging from sculptures of Ghengis Khan in Mongolia to medieval artwork. Please check out his own recent art creation, the "J. M. Taotaomona tree:"




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About Radical Second Things

Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

Eva Gnostiquette is an artist, programmer, "future scientist," bi-trans girl and graphic designer. She voluntarily helped to create the first print issue Radical Second Things and designed our beautiful banners. Thanks so much, Eva!

Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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