“There is no such thing as other people’s children.”
~Glennon Doyle, author, activist and founder of Momastery
Children torn from their parents at our border as punishment for desperate parents; Children held in cages; Children in Yemen orphaned by war and dying of starvation; Children in Guatemala lost in the aftermath of a volcano; Millions of children in Syria, Palestine and many other places displaced by war, famine and unrest endangered by the very need to find safe passage; Continue reading
“What does Pride mean to you?”
June marks Pride month, a time for LGBTQ+ people to celebrate themselves, their resilience, and the community that surrounds them. For me, pride means honoring the LGBTQ+ activists that have come before me as well as celebrating the beauty of living as my authentic self. I was 12 years old when I first came out to myself and 18 when I came out to the world around me. During those years, I felt as if I was the only person to have ever walked that path before. It felt lonely, isolating, and terrifying at times. But I am far from the only person to have experienced this journey. Continue reading
“We don’t see things as they are — we see things as we are.” ~Anais Nin
Three years ago, I encouraged you to come to our first Un-conference and I told you that it was a dream realized for us to bring this opportunity to our community. We started in 2015 with an exploration about how we build community out of chaos. And then in our second year we looked at how we find our strengths and build each other up. Last year we started the conversation about how our community is divided into “us” and “them”. Today, I invite you to continue this dialog with us on June 9 at the UCC church as we look at the ways we all see the same world through different perspectives. Just as several blind men felt a different part of an elephant and made assumptions about it from their one piece, we also color the world from the parts of it we see and believe to be true. And there are “elephants in the room” that we refuse to see and acknowledge. Let us ask how we can discover our individual blindfolds and choose to see beyond them to move further into community with those around us.
“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country….” -from an order from the Grand Army of the Republic
150 Memorial Days later, where are we? Today, we spend more on military around the world than all the other nations combined. Despite our demands to other nations, we continue to amass and test nuclear weapons capable of destroying the world as we know it. We choose to police, occupy and wage war in many nations while we neglect the critical human needs in our country. There is an effort currently underway to re-imagine the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr imagined just before his death to highlight the plight of this nation’s poor. In 1968, Dr. King argued that we would “never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube”. And yet here we are, still not able to learn that lesson. Today it is not Vietnam — it is Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan, Korea and so many other places where we spend money that could be better spent solving human crises at home. Instead, families in this country and around the world mourn loved ones and young people face life wounded and challenged. 150 years ago, the people who set about to decorate graves of soldiers did so to heal the wounds of war. Today, it is becoming a way to celebrate war and wave the flags of nationalism.