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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Friends, May I Present to You… Your New Channel Manager!

Knowth spiral. Image by Christine Kraemer.

Thank you all so much for the energy you lend to this space. I have learned so much from all of you, and I’m glad I will be able to go on doing so. Many blessings. [Read more...]

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A Pagan coming-out ritual

Shine! by Roz Byshaka

A ritual that celebrates coming out as a rite of passage, and welcomes the newly-identified LGBTQ person by introducing them to the ten queer spiritual roles identified by Christian de la Huerta. [Read more...]

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Stephen Fry, burrowing insects, and lions and tigers and bears

The Horse Botfly, which lays its eggs on horses' skin and infests the horse's intestines.

Christianity assumes that humans are the pinnacle of “creation” and that the world exists for our benefit. Atheists often turn this on its head and claim that the universe is hostile, but fail to notice that we are just one species among other species. The universe is neither 100% hostile, nor is it 100% benign.

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Je ne suis pas Charlie, because it is more complicated than that

Demonstrators gather at the Place de la République in Paris on the night of the attack.

The relationship between Islam and the West is complex and multi-faceted, and cannot be reduced to a simple binary of us versus them. Condemning the murderers does not mean you have to endorse everything that the victims did. Criticising the actions of the victims does not mean you endorse the actions of the murderers. [Read more...]

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