After serving as a pastor for 24 years, Al Staggs became a full-time performing artist. His repertoire includes characterizations of such luminaries as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan, and Oscar Romero. He is the author of What Would Bonhoeffer Say? (Intermundia Press), A Pilgrim in Rome: Cries of Dissent, and another collection of poetry, In Mammon We Trust . . . (Intermundia Press).
A poet and full-time performing artist, Al Staggs served as a pastor for 24 years. His repertoire of programs includes characterizations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Clarence Jordan, and Oscar Romero.
What Would Bonhoeffer Say?
The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian, is the story of a man who spoke as a prophet to a German church that was more concerned with her own security than she was with doing the work of God in the midst of oppression and human need. This pastor-prisoner challenged the typical expressions of popular Christian piety, a piety that denied the reality of injustice toward innocent people, namely Jews.
Bonhoeffer compels us to struggle with him regarding the nature and expression of Christian faithfulness in the context of horrifying injustice. One of his most important contributions to theology and to our understanding of contemporary discipleship came as a result of his experiences as a prisoner of the Gestapo from April 1943, until his death by hanging on April 9, 1945. During his incarceration he learned what it meant to view life, history, and scripture from what he termed “the view from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated, the powerless, the reviled. In short, from the perspective of those who suffer.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s testimony in word and deed continues to influence people all over the world. His witness has drawn praise from leading theologians and philosophers alike. After Bonhoeffer’s death his close friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge, said of him, “When he was silenced for good at age 39, he began to speak more loudly than ever before.”
A real contribution to Bonhoeffer studies, performance artist Al Staggs brings this modern martyr’s testimony to life with wit and sensitivity, compelling us to struggle along with Bonhoeffer with regard to the nature and expression of Christian faithfulness in the context of horrifying injustice.
$18.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-23-5 paper, 129 pp. PayPal.Me/EricKillinger
In Mammon We Trust . . .
In the great tradition of the social gospel, performing artist Al Staggs gives us an inimitable collection of poetry that awakens our minds, illumines our souls, and stirs our hearts and hands to action for the betterment of humankind. The message is timely and what we need to hear.
$16.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-24-2 paper, 73 pp. PayPal.Me/EricKillinger
Buford P. Sez
He’s back! After an indefinite period in which we thought he’d disappeared, Buford P. returns with the help of Intermundia Press in a revised edition of Buford P. Sez, a humorous look at life from outside the box. Not having patience for pretense or pomposity, Buford P. has an uncanny knack for getting right to the heart of the matter. With keen insight, wonderful wit, and warm humor, Buford P. Sez will delight the emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of readers young and old.
$17.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-25-9 paper, in color, 220 pp. PayPal.Me/EricKillinger
Fragments of Life
Fragments of Life is a personal poetry collection spanning a 40-year period. Poignant. Pithy. Provocative. Pulsing with life. These poems are what Walt Whitman called, “Stuff’d with the stuff that is coarse, and stuff’d with the stuff that is fine.” It is a collection that is certain to touch and resonate with the songlines of your soul.
$18.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-29-7 paper, 270 pp. PayPal.Me/EricKillinger