"I don’t know everything, but I do know this: This is a problem for our whole nation, not just for people of color. We are in this together. And riot gear, intimidation, and more brutality from police are not the way forward towards healing. They are, in fact, yet another giant step backwards. As for me, I’m looking on the local level for practical actions I can take. And I refuse to be silent or still any more."

— Meg Riley, “Up To Our Necks,” from the Huffington Post, 8/14/2014 Up to Our Necks | Rev. Meg Riley (via apatosaurus)

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"…queer theology looks at Jesus as a queer figure – as a symbol of the marginalized, as the deepest love that a person can have for another. He came not to satisfy God’s wrath but to understand marginalization, to defeat the forces of the oppressor. His death is still largely symbolic, but the symbol is interpreted in different ways. Jesus queers – in the broadest interpretation of the verb queer – the standards ideas of hierarchy and honor and love."

Dianna E. Anderson, Queering Theology: Atonement and Liberation (via isopod)


In this statement, Taquiena Boston, UUA Director for Multicultural Growth & Witness, asks:

"How are you engaging in the hard work of love in this current moment—having the tough conversations about race, racism, and bridging divides that are so urgently needed; taking action to stem the tide of criminalization, police brutality, violence, and dehumanization of people of color in your community and our larger world; and taking care of your soul and your self in the midst of the pain and heartbreak that this work engenders?"

Click through to read the whole statement and to find a link to the Ferguson and Beyond resource page.

"Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred, tender vision of your beautiful heart."

— Hafiz (via oofpoetry)

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What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 

This is beautiful. Rest in power, Mr. Mike Brown.

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In this episode of The VUU (a Unitarian Universalist talk show hosted by the Church of the Larger Fellowship through Google Hangout), Rev. Julie Taylor shares her experience with interfaith clergy organizing in Ferguson, MO. The first seven minutes are all introductions. Rev. Julie mentioned a couple of things that are quick to pass along in case you don’t have an hour for the whole show:

1. If you are thinking of going to Ferguson, do so responsibly. Come in response to an invitation from within the community to do a specific thing. If you are coming with a vague plan and no connections to bear witness and get arrested, you are endangering the people who live there.

2. Find out what’s going on where you are. That doesn’t just mean vigils in solidarity with Ferguson. That also means finding out about profiling, misuse of police force, and militarization of law enforcement where you live.

3. Find out what’s up with interfaith community organizing in Ferguson by visiting http://www.prayingwithourfeet.org/ especially the tab, “Helping from Afar.” Events are updated often. The site is an effort of local faith leaders.

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When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
with your family and everything left behind.
You will pour an ocean into a diary.
When they find you, you will be nothing
but a spark above a burning bush,
still, tell them
Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.

When you are 14,
a voice will call you to greatness.
When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
They don’t know the sound
of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
use your sword, use your two good hands.
Do not let their doubting
drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
like a broken heart.

When you are 15, you will be punished
for learning too proudly. A man
will climb onto your school bus and insist
your sisters name you enemy.
When you do not hide,
he will point his gun at your temple
and fire three times. Three years later,
in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
you will stand before the leaders of the world
and tell them your country is burning.

When you are 16 years old,
you will invent science fiction.
The story of a man named Frankenstein
and his creation. Soon after you will learn
that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
than monsters, but don’t worry.
You will be remembered long after
they have put down their torches.

When you are 17 years old,
you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
one right after the other.
Men will be afraid of the lightning
in your fingertips. A few days later
you will be fired from the major leagues
because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”

You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
leading Lewis and Clark
across North America.

You will turn 18 
and become queen of the Nile.

You will turn 18 
and bring justice to journalism.

You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
trembling before your own greatness.

This is your call to leap.

There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.

You are the first drop of a hurricane.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.

You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
is burn.


For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambition and Trembling Hearts, Clementine von Radics (via clementinevonradics)

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"I can’t abandon
the person I used to be
so I carry her"

— 365 Days of Haiku, Day #123 (via idreamof-pb)

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My colleague, the Rev. Victoria Weinstein, fiercely urges those of us who have a pulpit to pound to go ahead and do that.