Simple Kind of Love

Oftentimes, the weight of life seems to overtake the freedom.

Love can feel like a distraction from the awful things happening in the world; it may be used as a tactic to subdue and turn away. But love is also moving things forward. It is inextricably tied to justice, and in this way, it can be the most active and political thing in the world.

Love is the way we counteract fear; love is the way we stand to hate. 

It is not flimsy, it is not tepid, though at times, it is scared; but love moves forward anyway.

At it's best, love is the loudest (and most subtle) thing in the room.

Find my friend's video/song below to see freedom outweigh the fear and hate. Consider what role love (romantic, platonic, communal) plays in your resistance, your existence, and your thriving.  

Latinx Female Theologians: Finding a Mirror

Information like this is often easily overlooked, lost, or altogether forgotten.

This article gave me energy and hope; it is a list of Latinx Female Theologians. Two of them were Cuban women. And I can't explain how special it feels to see their names, the cities they were born in, and their journeys toward academia and scripture, that made me feel whole and seen and affirmed in my own journey. 

I am not formally studying anything; not enrolled in a seminary; still too far in debt and too short before payday to see the reality of graduate school as anything other than "far".

And yet; here are women with names like my mother, stories like my grandmothers; women who studied and spoke and loved the same things as me.

Here's to finding representation hidden in the corners of society (or, when we're lucky, finally on a big screen - shoutout to Black Panther). 

You are here; your story is full of purpose, and if you do not at first see heroes who came before you, with similar stories or dreams or accomplishments, remember: you may be carving a path (into a hard and unforgiving stone, perhaps), for someone else who follows close behind. 

Keep walking. (And read the article below.)

18 Latin American Female Theologians You Should Know About

"She studies, and disputes, and teaches, and thus she serves her Faith; for how could God, who gave her reason, want her ignorant?"

Florida Shooting: Why Emma Gonzalez (and every other group experiencing injustice) is shouting

I know this has been shared many times.

But *this* is why people start shouting: Because the pain is too much; the injustice is too much; and the ability to effect change is too near (and yet too far in the grip of high-seated hands).

Maybe it can be better heard from the mouth of a teenager; maybe this feels less threatening; maybe the kneeling or protests can make more sense; maybe our communal and individual prejudice and racism can be more deeply uncovered. (I have it, we have it; it’s not in using slurs, it’s in the way the system functions, and the way we - unknowingly or knowingly - do not challenge it.)

Those in pain start shouting, because they must. It is the realization that all the times before—all the tears and quiet words—were never heard.

Mental health, gun control, Black Lives Matter, Clean Dream Act, prison reform; the manifestation of good trying to prevail can make us uncomfortable. That is the point.

Pain should not sit well with us. It should, in fact, make us squirm.

Listen to Emma’s full speech below.

Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: 'We call BS'

Below is a full transcript of her speech: We haven't already had a moment of silence in the House of Representatives, so I would like to have another one. Thank you. Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

resistance

1/21

Below, find a spoken reading from the Lectionary, followed by a short reflection. For a written copy of the scriptures read each week, click here.

May peace, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

embodiment

1/14

 

Below, find a spoken reading from the Lectionary, followed by a short reflection. For a written copy of the scriptures read each week, click here.

May peace, which passes all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

healing

1/7

 

Below, find a spoken reading from the Lectionary, followed by a short reflection. For a written copy of the scriptures read each week, click here.

May peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds. Amen.