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Daily Practice for September 22, 2016

Daily Practice for September 22, 2016

Word:  Building on the idea of intersectionality from yesterday's post, in our class on racism last night, we talked about our identities. There were many ideas present as we discussed our color, gender, sexuality, education levels, charisma levels, economics, and more. The things that make us uniquely ourselves and yet can be broken up into one broad category. It is the totality of circumstances that make us who and what we are. We ended the evening with this exercise from Patti Digh on “granting specificity with one another.”[1] Find a partner to work with. “Face each other for a moment. Look into each other’s eyes. Let go of judgment. Notice what your body is doing. Shake out your hands and legs just for a moment. Now be present to one another. Close your eyes, lead you through me...
Daily Practice for September 21, 2016

Daily Practice for September 21, 2016

Word:  We are moving from process into being today in the privilege class. And I am left wondering if I will have the energy to get into being. Being is about how it is: Privilege and intersectionality in our world. Privilege is like grace (which is where I think the church gets tripped up in discussions of race). It is an advantage (gift) you get that is not earned. Privilege depends a lot upon race and gender. But it also depends on intangibles like charisma. In the world of prosperity gospel and/or predestination, privilege is treated as a gift from God not as a biological fact. When we wrap privilege up in grace, we stop seeing inequity as a systemic problem but as an earned problem. That is not okay. I feel like I should put a *warning thoughts under development* label on this ide...
Inspiration from Brené Brown and Sirius Black

Inspiration from Brené Brown and Sirius Black

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Today's inspiration is short and sweet. A quote offered by Brene Brown in Daring Greatly that is actually a quote from Sirius Black somewhere in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Sirius turns to Harry and says, You're not a bad person. You're a very good person who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. And that's the truth!