Sunday

a voice is heard in Ramah

















Drew G.I. Hart: Pain Medicine: Trayvon, Simon of Cyrene, and Jesus
Black Youth Project: 100 Young Black Activists Respond to George Zimmerman Verdict 
Enuma Okora: The mother of all grief (Washington Post, On Faith)

Christ have mercy. Kyrie eleison.

Thursday

a grand canyon of light



I love my country
By which I mean
I am indebted joyfully
To all the people throughout its history
Who have fought the government to make right
Where so many cunning sons and daughters
Our foremothers and forefathers
Came singing through slaughter
Came through hell and high water
So that we could stand here
And behold breathlessly the sight
How a raging river of tears
Is cutting a grand canyon of light


{from Grand Canyon by Ani DiFranco. Happy Fourth, friends.}

Tuesday

on solidarity

together we will dismantle the systems that broke our hearts

Not long ago, I joined up with a motley crew of writers desiring to live in a way that proclaims that Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not. Folks are writing this week on the topic of solidarity, and like a good Marxist student of liberation theology, I have a number of thoughts on the matter, but I believe that I can distill them to three: Proximity, Listening, and Humility. I want to position myself near those who are oppressed and hurting like Jesus did, I want to honor their stories, and I want to take cues from them. I learn a great deal from Christena Cleveland (please stop whatever you are doing and read this series now), Shay Kearns, T.F. Carlton, Sarah MoonMihee Kim Kort, and D.L. Mayfield.

And if you missed them the first time around, I've touched on similar themes before:

waging peace: conflict, christian unity, & power
sacrificing privilege on the altar of grace
all oppression shall cease: a feminist theology of power
a church disarmed 
tragically hip: privilege & the emerging church
to love is to serve is to liberate

What does solidarity look like in your life? How do you need it? How do you demonstrate it? How does the Church practice this well and poorly? How can we do it better? How does Jesus model solidarity with those who are outcast and oppressed?

(Find more meditations at The Despised Ones facebook page.)

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