Moana, the “Other” Princess: Thoughts on Identity and Belonging

Guest post: by Rev. Allison RuariWhen I was three, I learned the words to “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” After hearing “Red and Yellow, Black and White/They are precious in his sight,” I had to reconcile that I was none of those colors (nor was my Samoan father). Still, I knew Jesus loved me (and my father). So what did I do? I asked questions and made the music director change the words. The new words weren’t perfect, but they served my purpose and the conversation encouraged others to t … [Read more...]

Mutual Friends

Do you ever feel like some of the people you love know a different Jesus than you do?  The word "pluralistic" has taken on a whole new meaning when it comes to western religion, and it seems that, within Christianity, we are attached to a number of different Jesuses. (is that the proper plural for "Jesus?" Please advise...)I'm not going to elaborate a great deal because I know you know what I mean. You know people who share your faith--technically speaking--but when it comes to social, … [Read more...]