Category Archives: Liberation Thelogy

Pushing the Envelope, Confronting the Past

LoveThyNeighborAsThyself

 

Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Let’s be clear-

Celebrating Black History Month, African Descent Month is not about assimilating

regurgitating those People of Color whose lives have been co-opted

to sing Kumbaya.

As with any month that is dedicated to uplifting the history, the heritage and the culture

of ancient peoples,

This month recognizes the warriors, those freedom fighters

those infused with the fiery Spirit to challenge and call us to attention

of the responsibilities and the ministry we should be immersed in.

We are called to the painful healing process,

of that which has been done in the darkness

in the blackness of abyss surrounding humanity hearts

When we do not see the reflection of Christ in one another

Never more was this true, with those of my people

who were not slaves in Africa,

But were ripped from the shores to be enslaved

affirmed through the distortion of Christianity

Therefore throughout our exiled existence, we have struggled with the paradox

of celebrating the Creator of All

marked with the sign of the Cross…

But..

through the Cross there is a radical revelation of God, to be in and with community where there is suffering, despair and where people feel abandoned

So…

we step out from the shadow of the Cross transformed,renewed, released

And…

upon our faces, our dark faces, our black faces, our brown faces, our broken faces, our bruised faces, our bloodied faces..

the reflection of Christ who challenges those who refuse to see the Gospel in our eyes

and hear it proclaimed in our voices

even as it is preached in musical, lyrical, powerful languages

We are a people of forgiveness, of love…because we understand that Call.

So hear the truth, understand the pain, and journey alongside us.

Lape Bondye, God’s Peace.

 


A Change is Going to Come

http://www.ltsg.edu/about-us/news/2015/elca-leaders-for-racial-harmony

This, is a reality that is the elephant in the room…

In an open letter from  African American sisters and brothers who are leaders in theological education  issued a very particular call to theological school presidents and deans.  They wrote, “We invite our colleagues— presidents, deans and leaders of all divinity and theological schools—to arise from the embers of silence and speak up and speak out as the prophet of old, ‘let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream’”

This, the wider Church, is not perfect

We sing in many of our faith communities “All Are Welcome”

But that is not the reality, and that is painful

As a woman of Color, I dance between two worlds..

although regardless, in the shadow of the Cross

kneeling at the Table

I am the same as my brother and sister in Christ

What I have found here at Seminary is that there is a struggle to create the beloved community

But here, I have found acceptance for who I am

and encouraged to be authentically who I am

even through the tension.

So we must continue to push the boundaries, ask the questions…

because that is what the Gospel clearly proclaims..

that is what clearly we are called to…

Soon and very soon, 

A change is going to come.

God’s Peace.


Another Spring, Another Semester!

Good Tuesday morning!

A little Soul II Soul to get us moving

So pardon my singing

It’s Spring Semester, and there is always some excitement with the beginning of the Semester..

 

 

And for your listening pleasure, a way to welcoming in another moment of studying, reading, waiting, praying and being..