Let’s Move Beyond Fear of the Words “White Supremacy,” and Say Yes to Racial Justice!

[Friends, in this love letter to white Unitarian Universalists (originally published on Medium), Chris Crass calls his community to choose to stay. To stay and say “White supremacy, you cannot have me. You cannot have my family; you cannot have my faith; you cannot have my congregation.” His words speak well beyond the UUA too, to those of … Continue reading

Reparations? Or Charity?

This is a reparations moment. That’s not to say it’s newly or uniquely such a moment (as if we haven’t long been in a reparations moment). It’s not. But it’s worth asking this right now: If something as entrenched in U.S.-American culture as the acceptability of flying the Confederate flag could finally be upended and … Continue reading

A Liturgical Die-In

From Jen: In days such as these words can seem so inadequate for naming what it is we are experiencing and the visions of life, justice and truth for which we long. Moving through ritual, liturgy, and the body is another powerful way we can and must move. This blog post describes such a liturgy–a liturgical … Continue reading

No More “Reconciliation” Talk

This post is mostly for other white Christians. It’s not about what we should all be doing today in response to what’s happening in #ferguson and dozens of other cities today. Nearly two weeks into this spreading eruption there’s so much powerful and precise writing out there now on that, that not a one among us can possibly … Continue reading

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO FOR CHELSEA MANNING?

There has been much discussion about Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning this past week, with a range of responses to her actions, her sentencing, and her statement coming out as a trans* woman. (Trans* is a term meant to be inclusive of a range of gender nonconforming expressions and identities.) Unfortunately, Manning’s decision to release classified … Continue reading

Repentance Politics, Repentance Theology

Like a lot of other folks, excitement has been creeping up on me. We seem to be maybe, finally, oh so slowly going through a sea change on lesbian and gay rights (I’m not so optimistic that transgender folks are included in this). Cultural acceptance—incomplete still, of course—came first. But it seems like political and … Continue reading

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