When Inclusion Becomes a “Divisive Political Issue”

One of the school districts in the Kansas City area has banned teachers from wearing safety pins.Two weeks ago, responses to that headline might have been... Are they worried kids will use them as weapons? Did someone poke their eye out? What if there's a wardrobe malfunction? Is everything dangerous now??But now we can add safety pins to the list of inanimate objects that have become loaded with social implications. Along with Starbucks holiday cups and Target bathrooms.The safety pi … [Read more...]

The Country Needs Us, And We Need You: A Call to Action

Guest Post: by C. Shawn McGuffeySince the election I have been saddened. Luckily, I am fortunate enough to have a loving partner, family, friends, and students that reach out at precisely the right times to keep me intact. My good choices keep reaping benefits.And as you can see from the picture, I’ve also been acting, organizing, and participating. I am so proud of the many community members that are still doing the work to make this world better.Many of us, however, still have n … [Read more...]

A Broken Hallelujah: How SNL Helped Us Grieve

There's a reason they call it a "cold open." There is no intro. No setting up of context. No opening music or credits to know the show has started. One minute it's your local news, maybe some commercials--and then, there you are. The opening segment of Saturday Night Life, with little transition from wherever you just were.Kate McKinnon has so effectively embodied the voice and spirit of Hillary Clinton during this campaign season, that all she had to do was appear in a pantsuit. We didn't … [Read more...]

I’m With Them

"My head is pounding and I feel sick; but I can't go to bed because when I wake up tomorrow it will be 100 years ago."That's what I said to my spouse (and Tweeted) at around midnight last night. That confounding arrangement of verb tenses aptly sums up where many of us are today. Utterly confounded. Disoriented. What year is it? Where do I live right now?It is easy to despair... Because, Jesus, this is a dark place. I am not using the Lord's name in vain, I am literally saying JESUS, … [Read more...]

10 Things That Will Still Be True After Election Day

This morning my phone flashed a cute little notification that said "Tomorrow is election day!"I wanted to throw it like it was hot and scream AS IF I CAN FORGET THAT FOR A SECOND! It's a new phone so I didn't do that. But geez, how can we forget? Tomorrow is TUESDAY. Tomorrow is the great reckoning. Tomorrow dawns the day when we find out if we are still speaking to all of our friends and family or not. Tomorrow is ALL THE THINGS.Except maybe it isn't. Maybe tomorrow is not the looming … [Read more...]

The War On Fall

Let me tell you this really sad thing I used to do when I lived in the desert.In October--after 4 solid months of unrelenting triple-digit temps--we would get about 2 hours of cool in the mornings. For those two blessed hours, I would put on boots and my favorite jean jacket; go to a coffee shop and order a latte (maybe even a spicy Mexican Mocha); and I would sit there, pretending it was fall.By about 10am, the sun would brutally remind me that there is no such thing as fall in the … [Read more...]

Election Fatigue: 10 Spiritual Practices for Toxic Times

I want to write about election fatigue. But I'm too tired.I've been dragging, feeling run-down and drained. This should not be. I haven't been sick. It's my favorite time of year. Church is good, kids are good. It's almost Halloween and last week was my birthday. I just got a FitBit and have met my step goals every day since I put the dang thing on. I've been sleeping ok. I eat green vegetables. What more does this body want from me?My first impulse would be to blame last week's … [Read more...]

The Main Issue That Faith-Based Voters Should Be Asking Tough Questions About

Here are things that I hear faith-based voters talking about this election season: -Abortion -Marriage -Guns (because Jesus...?) -Freedom of Religion  -Abortion again -Terrorism -Abortion some more At least, this is what candidates address when they court the faith-based vote. When we say 'faith-based' voters, that typically implies a certain demographic of socially and fiscally conservative Christians. But there are a wide range of people across the religious, political and ideological s … [Read more...]

How Trump is Making Misogyny Great Again

Last week, women's health experts and other commentators detailed the “abusive behaviors” exhibited in Trump’s debate performance. And all the lights came on. So THIS is why he’s so hard to watch, I thought. This is why our stomachs turn when he talks; when he belittles opponents and unleashes verbal tirades and refuses to stay on topic. He’s not just unpleasant. He is a predator. And any woman who’s ever been in an abusive relationship--physical or otherwise--can see it a mile away.So when … [Read more...]