Posts Tagged ‘humanism’

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Exilic Theology

30 December, 2017

A new study has shown that of the 100 largest churches in America 7 have a person of colour as their pastor, 1 has a woman as their pastor, and 0 are LGBTQ-affirming. A faith that once offered hospitality and hope to the disenfranchised and minoritised outsider has become the arm of the white, straight, cisgender man. We have seen this approach to faith before and we have seen how it ends:


Enslaved by monarchical theology in Egypt,

an exodus restored freedom to the oppressed.


Ruled by monarchical theology in a divided kingdom,

an exile restored commitment to the poor, the widow, and the orphan.


Dominated by monarchical theology under Rome, a pacifist Messiah ate and drank with tax collectors and sex workers and brought them salvation.


The church must abandon supremacist theology

or face a new exodus.


The church must abandon patriarchal theology

or face a new exile.


The church must listen to the messianic voices of and among the LGBTQ community

or they will lose the way to salvation.

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Connections

8 February, 2012

7:18 pm
-76.99 E 38.76 N

It came over me again today. That magnificent feeling of connectedness. Not oneness. No, not oneness because that implies indistinguishability and a loss of self and there was not that. With this everything was distinct, more fully its ideal but while also having a non-perceptible but very real, very present connection to everything else. It was like being tuned into not only the vastness of the cosmos but also of the vibrations in the spaces between particles.

It first came over me while being interviewed by two ninth grade girls for their research paper on transsexualism and hate crimes. As we talked I felt the right words just flowed from me and that we were making a powerful connection as human doings (beings are too passive). That sense of connection stayed with me, like a low frequency vibration.

The sensation amplified again fourth period. We were discussing the piece “Montgomery Boycott” about the bus boycott following Rosa Parks’ arrest when I found myself urged by an awareness of timing to explain to the students exactly what was at stake then and how, though the focus has shifted, human rights and dignity are very much at stake today. I described for them the vandalism done to my door, we talked about the bigotry and hatred, the murder of trans women and homosexuals, we drew comparisons between that and the racial bigotry leading up to Rosa Parks saying no. We drew connections to the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Kosovo. I could see, in my mind, all of history laid out and the silky strands twining events into a brilliant tapestry.

The sensation continued to grow as we conducted interviews of potential National Honor Society members. I could feel the essence of the interviewees, the strength of personality, or lack of. It seemed to almost hang ephemerally in the empty spaces between those of us in the room.

I still feel it. The connectedness and the awareness of the infinite space between objects on a universal scale. And beneath it all is that low frequency, a vibration that feels alive, like breath.