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Prayers for Tragedies

Prayers for Tragedies

prayer, Prayer Practice, Prayers of Petition
Another mass shooting. Another tragedy. Another call for prayers. It is a seemingly senseless cycle. People are rightly skeptical of the need for prayer as we are caught in an endless cycle of inaction and mass death. I find it particularly disturbing that we are willing to tackle banning all Muslims because of an incident in New York on a bike path but that we are not willing to tackle our treatment of and access to guns. The Sutherland Springs shooter and the Las Vegas shooter both have one thing in common: domestic violence. We actually could write a narrow and compelling law that prohibits domestic violence perpetrators from having firearms. Washington state did it and it passed with voter approval. That is not people coming to take away your guns nor is it people trying to creat...
Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Daily Practice 2017.10.18

Meditation Yesterday, a friend posted this on Facebook: "PSA: There are no "white" people in the Bible. The closest to being white are mainly the "bad guys" [Roman soldiers]" I've seen variations of this for years. It is certainly not new or original. However, I was surprised to see the level of attachment to archaic definitions of whiteness: "Actually, most definitions of "white" include people of North African and Middle Eastern descent, who are genetically close to Europeans." "A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa." Uh. Huh. I just bet all those middle eastern people are glad that they are now white. And the Africans of North Africa - Egypt, Libya, Morocco and so on should be jumping with joy. They now have the white c...
Daily Practice for 2107.10.17

Daily Practice for 2107.10.17

Meditation The "Me Too" campaign has worn me out. If you don't know, the Me Too Campaign was an effort in social media to shine a spotlight on predatory behavior against female bodied people. The Me Too campaign was initiated originally by Tarana Burke, an organizer and youth worker who's a sexual assault survivor herself, has been working on "me too" since the mid-2000s — particularly with young women of color — as a means of what she calls empowerment through empathy. Then Alyssa Milano started amplifying it on Sunday. Me Too puts a spotlight on those who are sexual abuse survivors. An article in The Atlantic leads this way: "About 10 years ago, after I’d [Sophie Gilbert, author] graduated college but when I was still waitressing full-time, I attended an empowerment seminar.