Editor's Note: This piece was originally published in TRENDS in Global Grassroots Organizing, December 2022 issue. We live in a time of conflict and polarization — in the church in its various forms and...
Mary didn’t fight; Mary sang. She stood in the tradition of Deborah, wise judge and mighty warrior, singer of the oldest song in scripture. She channeled the canticles of Hannah and Judith and the mother of lib...
There is no such thing as justice outside of community. There would be no need for it. It wouldn't exist. The sin that is injustice can't be done in isolation. We don't sin in abstract ways. We sin by going against the will of God but the effects are experienced by others as well as ourselves.
"When we hold the Bible in one hand and the news in the other, our posture as a race-wise family will be to listen often and well, and to be slow to speak. We will challenge ourselves to hear all the voices in a news story and then respond in ways that are honoring and loving toward those who have been victimized or who are struggling."
"...having spent time on Christian college campuses, my heart aches for the young people who thought they were learning to follow Jesus and the faculty and staff who show up every day assuming that their mission is to pursue God’s kingdom, not the success of the Republican Party. The Board of Trustees hasn’t only singled out Dr. Tisby in an unfair and un-Christian way. They have also let down a community whose primary obstacle to faith in recent years is the hypocrisy of its leaders. "
These talented artisans were very happy to have orders coming in. They would continue to work at whatever price we said we could pay. It is the nature of living at the "bottom of the pyramid." It is why companies take their work "offshore." Labor is plentiful and it is as cheap as you want it to be.
"...the report uses CRT as 'a junk drawer for anything about race or justice that makes a certain type of person feel uncomfortable.” Because of the rhetoric around CRT, he said, 'much needed conversations about racial justice are being muted in the environments where they are needed most, such as Christian colleges and universities.'"