Spirituality – let the buyer beware

Sunrise with Hasidim by Nosha

Every time I have an encounter with someone who has an interest in spirituality, and also possesses power over others, I find that they want to silence my anger at injustice because it is “not spiritual” to be angry. I find myself bruised and diminished by their criticism of my way of being in the world. Any engagement with the intellectual or theological or historical context of an issue is also silenced by these people, because that is “not spiritual” either. [Read more...]

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The Need for Story, Witness, Truth

What if we focused on healing the harm on every side, rather than punishing (or failing to punish) the perpetrators of violence? A personal reflection. [Read more...]

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Making Meaning After the Death of Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.

Tony Terrell Robinson, Jr.

Artists make meaning. It’s our job. Right now, my city has a chance to make meaning together, as a community, by working towards real, meaningful and lasting change. I may be Poet Laureate of this city (one of them)…but it isn’t my voice that needs to be heard at this moment. It is the voices of those in our community directly affected and those who experience racism and injustice personally, on a daily basis. [Read more...]

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Transplanting from one culture to another – appropriation or exchange?

Dandelion seeds in the morning sunlight blowing away in the wind across a clear blue sky

Many people do not understand what is and is not cultural appropriation because they assume that practices and techniques can be easily transplanted from one context to another, but this does not take into account the issues around the particularity of traditions to their culture, place, and history, and it does not recognise the impact of colonialism and the commodification and commercialisation of indigenous traditions. [Read more...]

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Woman with the Pen: Five Moments On My Way Back to Patheos

There are many radical and beloved and ferocious warriors whose voices I treasure above my own. That doesn’t absolve me from writing my truth. [Read more...]

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