Wednesday, August 4
Shadow

Tag: blacklivesmatter

I’ll have a cup of racism for Sabbath, please!

I’ll have a cup of racism for Sabbath, please!

spiritual practice
I have been taking a class on racism. The most helpful definition I have heard is that racism is not what or who you are, it is the outcome of your actions. This is great! It puts the conversation into an area of actions that are measurable. There is no speculation about who or what people are with regard to racism. All that matters is outcome. True, I suppose. Actions matter more than words. And yet, words harm. So perhaps there is a both/and. Why racism on Sabbath? One of the things that Rabbis encourage us to do on Sabbath is to set aside consumption and do things like read, learn, be joyful! Sabbath is also directly juxtaposed with the justice movement as the command to practice Sabbath comes on the heals of leaving slavery behind and moving towards abundant life. The Ancient Israeli...
The Doors Are Open

The Doors Are Open

litany, spiritual practice
This is the litany written by the Council of Bishops of the AME denomination. The AME denomination is the home of Mother Emmanuel AME in Charleston, SC, where the massacre of 9 church members took place. I used this in liturgy last Sunday but want to continue the hope that is contained within the message from the AME. I also want to privilege their voice over my voice in this instance. ... "The Doors of the Church Are Still Open": A Litany for Use in Worship Service on Sunday June 21,2015 The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church sent this Litany for use in this Sunday's worship services in memory of the Mother Emanuel AME Church martyrs who were killed on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2015 .  For my friends of different denominations who find this liturgically appr...
#wordsmatter

#wordsmatter

Poetry
Today, for Sabbath, I'd like to stretch our brains a little with a piece from Colin, my son, regarding reporting and #wordsmatter and #blacklivesmatter. Enjoy! ----------- Let’s start off with some definitions. Alleged: declared or stated to be as described; asserted; doubtful; suspect; supposed Asserted: resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof Apparent: according to appearances, initial evidence, incomplete results, etc.; ostensible rather than actual I have a deeply intimate and inordinately passionate love affair with words, and it’s important to me that we use them correctly, especially in regards to important matters that are consistently painting cruelty as ‘not that bad’ and victims as ‘the real problem.’ I really hate when articles are like, this is t...