Tag: inclusion

Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

Tuesday’s Thoughts: An Artful Response

bible, Scripture
I am reading 1 Corinthians in Christian scripture or the Greek Testament. I have hit the beginning of Paul's clobber passages. What is a clobber passage? It is a passage that some take to clobber the LGBTQ community and drive us out of the church or to try and get us to not be LGBTQ. But, as you will see, it isn't that easy. We must always be mindful when we read. Whose ideas are we ready? What of our own ideas are we using to put onto the meaning of the author? What is meaning being mediated through? Onward! ... Inspired by 1 Corinthians 5-7 sitting on the throne acting as judge and jury pronouncements of guilt … There is so much in these chapters but they all go together. Starting with chapter 7, that is where the contexting question comes in: "Now, about what you wrote:

Making a Way Out of No Way

activism, disability, disabled, inclusive, social justice, Uncategorized
I'm going to get on my soapbox for a minute. This is my own story, not intended to offend someone else. There's a Scripture passage where four men take a paralyzed man to Jesus. They couldn't get through the door, so they lowered him from the roof to get him there. That's one of the more creative accommodations I've ever heard of to facilitate the inclusion of someone with a disability. It was the partnership between disabled and non-disabled people that made it possible for that accommodation to happen. Do any of you find that you need a creative solution to a problem you're facing that makes it hard for you to be part of your chosen community or chosen activities? Are you frustrated because you feel like no one can or will help you? Are you banging on a brick wall trying to find a wa...
Daily Practice for August 30, 2016

Daily Practice for August 30, 2016

Word:  Yesterday, I wrote this: "It is possible to have two diametrically opposed ideas like atheism and theism sitting in the same circle. There does not have to be a right/wrong struggle. We can bear witness to each other's stories and have a compassionate heart even while holding our own particular truth." And Lo! I was reading on Facebook and someone was expressing the idea that it is impossible to be in an organization that accepts "the other." In this case, my heart agrees even as my head says no. They want full inclusion for LGBTQIAP folx in the church. They want those who disagree left outside the church as the LGBTQIAP folx have been for so long. I get that. I want ideas that exclude, call-out, and confront to be left out of the system also. But I can only change me. I cannot