Church of the Marginalized

Church of the Marginalized July 6, 2015

Church of the Marginalized Dianna Anderson quote

Dianna Anderson writes,

Being part of the Church is, by definition, to embrace and work from and with the margins. It is to understand that the margins – those prized and created and beloved by God, those we are called to care for – are so significant to the church as to become the face of the church.Jesus was an itinerant preacher who spoke from the margins, embracing those society would not, a man hated by many.

If you, as a church pastor and theologian, fear marginalization, you are not prepared to preach the word of God. You are not prepared to carry Their message of grace and love and understanding from the margins. You should already be speaking from the margins, not fearing for your self when those margins finally defeat a part of their marginalization.

If we are to be a church that contributes meaningfully to the ongoing discourse about justice, in all forms, we must be a church that celebrates, embraces, and is the marginalized. If you are fearful of becoming marginalized, you are part of the problem.


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  • I marginally understand what Miss Anderson is trying to say. Perhaps the professor will help me here.

    • What didn’t you understand? Or was this just an attempt at humor using the word “marginal”?

  • Well, homophobes are marginalized these days, too… 🙂

    I’m certainly very afraid of becoming marginalized.

    • It sounds as though (as Anderson highlights) you fear those whom you have marginalized getting the same rights that you have long enjoyed.

      • After thinking a little, the only rights I have I fear others receiving are the rights to vote and (to a lesser degree) freely migrate. Every one of the marginalized is likely (though not certain) to make the government of this country look more and more a third-world one. I’m not really afraid of the Chinese and Belorussians gaining freedom of speech or of the homosexuals gaining marriage rights (which I really don’t worry too much about). Also, I’m a little afraid of Tunisians ever getting the right to bear arms (which I’ve never exercised).

        But, really, if someone could get the non-criminal (genetically, not racially) portions of the Third World into the First with the provisos of them never getting the right to vote or ever having anyone in the First World whine about skyrocketing inequality ever again (or ever blame victims of recent immigrants’ physical attacks), I’d be more than satisfied. I’ve never really liked homogeneity, and appreciate the fact much of the leading men and women of the country are increasingly of recent foreign origin. But my provisos are mostly pipe dream.

  • John MacDonald

    (Deuteronomy 10:18) 17″For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. 18″He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. 19″So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.…

  • charlesburchfield

    yes!

  • charlesburchfield

    I guess I’ve defeated some part of my marginalization in order to speak here. if you’ve lived middle-class your whole life you probably have no frame of reference. for me, being marginalized was a painful process. I can only share that when I finally hit bottom and was so abused, betrayed and abandoned by friends, family, society and had nothing left to lose is when I found the God who is there. I needed supernatural miracle in my life in order to survive. that process started 40 years ago. since then I’ve suffered deeply, had many
    freak outs, but I’m still here! all my tragedies and failures have then turned into pure gold for use in the kingdom of God because as I processed them and then been healed supernaturally I’ve been given a deep well of empathy to encourage any others whom I
    encounter that have suffered like me. I think that relationships of equality more than anything any human agent can do establishes and promotes the kingdom of God. why does this work? I think the Holy Spirit must be involved if there is to be an equal and level playing field. I find that ranking, class and elitism kill this community of the Holy Spirit.