Weekend Links!

Here are some of my favorite posts this week! Enjoy, and post your favorites in the comments!"Ashley's Song Part 2" by Jermaine Lane: A couple days ago, I asked everyone to share any links they might have about self-injury in honor of Self-Injury Awareness Day. Jermaine responded with this poem! Check it out!I won't post too many Rush Limbaugh articles, but here are a few that I think are neat:"Dear Rush Limbaugh, Birth Control Doesn't Work Like Viagra" by Adam Serwer: Adam explains the m … [Read more...]

I’m standing up to Rush Limbaugh

Yes, I know this isn't the first horrible thing Rush Limbaugh has said. Trust me, if anyone knows that, it's me. I grew up listening to my father listen to Rush. I remember when Limbaugh had his own television show and I remember sitting on my father's lap at age 4 or 5 and laughing at the show's silly caricatures of Bill Clinton.I remember singing along with the parody songs he played on his show long before I was old enough to actually know what they meant. I remember learning at a young … [Read more...]

Self-Injury Awareness Day

In light of Self-Injury Awareness Day, here are a few things that self-injury is NOT, taken from the book Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut by Marv Penner:It is not just a fad.It is not an extreme version of tattoos or piercingsIt is probably not a suicide attempt (though self-injury is often the result of deep emotional pain or a symptom of other problems like depression, so the issue of suicide should definitely be addressed! Avoid accusations though, and understand that self-injury is mo … [Read more...]

Racism and walking-the-other-way

I sometimes visualize the ongoing cycle of racism as a moving walkway at the airport. Active racist behavior is equivalent to walking fast on the conveyor belt.The person engaged in active racist behavior has identified with the ideology of White supremacy and is moving with it. Passive racist behavior is equivalent to standing still on the walkway. No overt effort is being made, but the conveyor belt moves the bystanders along to the same destination as those who are actively walking. Some of … [Read more...]

God always shows up in the soup kitchens

My spiritual journey lately has mostly taken place within the pages of books and class lectures. I've been reading the Qur'an, reading a book on Muslim feminists, listening to lectures on Judaism, and learning about the psychology of religious coping.I haven't really bothered to go to any churches or religious services. This is partly because my car is on the fritz, and partly because I almost never leave church happy.Except at University Church.Abe and I discovered this little church in … [Read more...]

Weekend Links!

As I struggled to catch up on my school reading this week, my blog reading suffered. So, I don't have many links for you this time, but I had to share one thing.The series "Male and Female God Made (Most Of) Them" by Laura Ziesel is, I believe, extremely important. I've never heard Christians talk about intersex people in a healthy, positive, and affirming way. But now, Laura is starting that conversation. I hope that she can inspire the church to move beyond this binary, black and white view … [Read more...]

In which I ruin the sanctity of marriage.

If it were 1958, I would be ruining the sanctity of marriage.See, I am white. Abe, on the other hand, is half-Chinese. And just 54 years ago, 96% percent (NINETY SIX PERCENT) of Americans would have thought that Abe and I wanted to literally crush them with our interracial steamroller.Much of this was based on religious beliefs. In fact, in 1959, when Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, were arrested and charged with a felony, a judge ruled: Almighty God created the races w … [Read more...]

Veiled Muslim women and revolutionary modesty

I saw this floating around Facebook:Could it be, I wonder, that for a Muslim woman, wearing a veil is not a symbol of oppression or male dominance, but a sign of religious commitment?Could we perhaps even call it revolutionary modesty?Now, all y'all who read my blog on a regular basis know that I am no fan of the way the church handles discussions of women's clothing. So, don't worry. I'm not about to tell you all what to wear or what not to wear.But I want us to take some second … [Read more...]

I’m giving up hate-reading for Lent!

I used to be a self-injurer. Once or twice a week for six years, I had a date with a razor-blade. Then, last October, I started taking medicine to treat my depression and eventually my self-injuring tendencies went away......sorta.I don't hurt myself physically anymore. In fact, it's rarely even a temptation now-a-days, which is a great accomplishment for me.But, sometimes I wonder if I have simply replaced my razor blade with a thing I've heard called hate-reading.A couple times a week … [Read more...]

Weekend Links!

These are a few of my favorite things from the internets the past two weeks! Enjoy!Never Forget. Never Again by George Takei- George Takei (Mr. Sulu from Star Trek and world's funniest activist) shares his story of the years he spent in an American prison camp as a child, just because he "looked like the people who attacked Pearl Harbor." Solemn and sobering.You Didn't Thank Me For Punching You in the Face by Queen of the Couch- My little brother pointed out that this post seemed to put the b … [Read more...]