Reconciliation Replay (March 6, 2014)

highlighting the best reconciliation words around

THINK about lent and privilege: "When the Lenten Fast is Privilege" by Krista Dalton

"Today on Ash Wednesday, I remember the ash is a symbol of my privilege. Lent is more than reflecting on my personal sins, but on recognizing the privilege I carry in my life. When I receive the ash, I remember the privilege I have to fast, to give, and to mark my brow with mourning when my bodily state is secure. I have the privilege to speak of “the poor” as an abstract category for my theology. I deny myself of what I easily possess in order to give to those who have not...Read more"

CARE for people with mental illness: "Question and Answer Time with Dr. Monica Coleman" by Hannah Heinzekehr

 "I often have difficulties finding devotional literature that I like, and there is very little written about being faithful while living with depression. Living with depression has been one of the biggest challenges to my faith, but I couldn’t find other people with whom to talk about this; little to read.  So I started writing about it...Read more"

COMMEMORATE women's history month by reading about women in antiquity and today: "Women's Stories" by Caryn Reeder

"There are certainly statistical differences in professions, salaries, legal rights, and gender rights. The stories of individual women in antiquity and today put a human face on some of those statistics—the ways women can use a male-dominated structure to their own advantage, the ways women can be powerful and influential within male-dominated societies, the ways women continue to suffer from male-dominated expectations and traditions...Read more"

READ and SHARE with women and men: "I'm Not a Leader...and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves" by Stephanie Williams

"Some of the most courageous leaders I’ve known in my life have been women. Some of the most compassionate leaders I have known are men. Men and women are different, they bring different gifts to the table, different experiences, different perspectives. But I believe gender shouldn’t keep anyone, male or female, from living into the fullness of who God created them to be...Read more"

RETHINK diversity at America's elite schools: "63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences in a Powerful Photo Project" by Allison Vingiano

"A group of black students at Harvard are fed up with the institutional racism they say they have experienced, and are speaking out against it through a commanding photography project on Tumblr. 'Our voices often go unheard on this campus, our experiences are devalued, our presence is questioned,” the website says. “This project is our way of speaking back, of claiming this campus, of standing up to say: We are here.'...Read more"

WATCH this speech on black women and beauty: "Give All the Awards to Lupita Nyong'o for Her Inspirational Speech About Beauty" by Lily Rothman

"I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin… And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful...Read more"

PROTEST the marginalization of Asian-Americans: "American Missionary Kenneth Bae Languishes in a Pyongyang Prison" by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"The inadequate outcry on Kenneth’s behalf may be another example of how Asian-Americans get pushed aside and remain marginalized—outside of dominant American society. Because Asian-Americans are labeled as “honorific whites,” issues related to their civil rights are often ignored or glazed over as a non-civil rights issue. If Asian-Americans are understood as whites, violations of their civil rights are no longer viewed as bias-motived and do not receive the “hate crime” qualifier and the attention that could bring. Perhaps this “honorific white” category is at play in the case of Kenneth Bae...Read more"