I am trying to stay above water. Trying not to drown in the poisonous pool of hate and ignorance. I am doing what I can, writing the op-eds, making sure the media hears our voices and continuing my daily work in pursuit of justice not only for my own community but for my sister communities.
Last night I walked into Brandeis' Bernstein-Marcus administration building, site of the current Ford Hall 2015 sit in. Students had been occupying the space since Friday.
Poetry For The Soul,
Lately, I have noticed that the only moments during the day when I can maintain an absolute silence is when my fingers are hosting my feelings and the piano in a conversation. Perhaps one might be inclined to think that this is the reason why my lips are sealed shut, because my hands are the ones participating in a dialogue with the instrument.
Fear is limiting. We cannot allow fear to limit our future, to restrain what we can do. Fear is draining. We can't let it deplete us of our courage. Fear is contagious.
That Friday evening I was just beginning to lead a weekend retreat at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, when we received word about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Like everyone else, we were grief-stricken, but we regrouped and became even more determined to dive deep into our retreat.
It seems to me that those who still gather each week for worship are those who hunger to be nourished by word and bread and wine and the mutual mentoring of those in the community who are practicing the faith in their daily lives.
Marian Wright Edelman,
And Hunger-Ravaged Children,
And Of Children Who Rebel And Ridicule,
Emotionally And Physically And Mentally Fragile,
Torment And Taunt,
Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.
The Paris attacks have prompted people of all faiths and views to urge unity as a cure for terrorism. I agree that unity is a cure for terrorism. What I am less content with is that terrorism is the reason for unity. As long as fear is our motivation to unite, in the absence thereof we will also avoid unity.
Where is your sacred space? How does it receive you from the world? How does it release you back into the world?
"Crisis-talk," including talk about religious crises, dominates media and discourse currently. Terrorism. Migration. Economies. Morality. These and others are big-screen topics, but they reflect the small accumulating evidences.
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One of the most clever tricks of capitalism, in its current state of unchecked growth and influence, is how even the most wholesome and sturdy ideals can be subverted, turned into rituals that naturalize mindless, hedonistic consumerism.
For that is the point of incarnation--we are completely vulnerable as people who choose to embody love rather than hate. We do not close our hearts. We do not retract our welcome. We do not let fear govern our response to others. For surely, if God so loved the world, then so should we.
What is interesting about the biblical examples of women who were called into ministry is that though there is no defined call narrative, the women simply took the charge from God and did what God called them to do.
The word, "Love" has been used so much that often its power is diluted. We use it as the right thing to say in a speech or the right weapon to use when you want someone to submit to us. Perhaps the real power in the word is that Love is so large. Which might lead us to question, "Why do I play so small?" Love is large and it has the capacity to remove any limitation of race, creed, religion, or language.
"Oh my Servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and have forbidden it among you, so do not be unjust with each other" -- Islamic tradition. Social justice has become the issue of our times. Whether it is gender equality or the struggle against racism, whether it is about...
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris a new and dangerous wave of islamophobia has emerged. Many claims have been made about Muslims and Islam that are scientifically incorrect, morally reprehensible, and very dangerous in practice.
It seems like the Western world has not yet made a distinction between the minority of so-called Muslims who engage in violent, suicidal operations and the vast peaceful majority of Muslims scattered across the world, who are constructively contributing to the progress of their societies.
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