Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Fifty years ago this week one of the largest protests in American history took place, The Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march incorporated many speakers, including the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, almost 100 years after millions of slaves were emancipated by President Lincoln, and declared "I have a dream..."

These are my reflections... 

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The Church and our LGBT Brothers and Sisters (Part 1)

I'm beginning a series on the Church and our LGBT brothers and sisters. It's a three-parter. The first post will focus on the current atmosphere in the United States when it comes to equality, as well as my personal experiences that helped lead to my position on equality.​ The second post will focus on Matthew Vines' Reformation Project, a new organization working towards ending homophobia in the Church. The final post will be my thoughts on why the Church needs to rethink how it addresses the LGBT community, particularly LGBT Christians. 

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Justice Conference Reflections: Practical Engagement

One of the reasons Rich and I attended the Justice Conference was to find a way to pursue God more fully through obtaining tools to help us practically engage justice in our everyday life. We were blessed to hear many talented and prolific speakers at the conference, who provided new ideas and challenged our assumptions. I am going to highlight some ideas, and follow up with one more post about how we plan on utilizing these tools from here on out.

Eugene Cho, Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, WA, was one of the speakers I was most excited to hear. I have followed his blog and Twitter feed for months. Eugene has a knack for expressing spiritual truths in ways that make me see things in a new light, as well as touching on topics that others aren’t often willing to address. He is also a relentless advocate for the equality of women both in the church and around the world, and knowing that brings me great joy. 

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Justice Conference Reflections: Women and Equality

Because today is International Women’s Day, I felt it would be appropriate to write about the issue of global oppression of women. At the Justice Conference this past month, I sat in on workshops and sessions that discussed everything from sex trafficking to women leadership in church to the one-child policy in China. The thing that became apparent throughout the weekend was that gender inequality and oppression, although manifesting itself differently depending on the country you live in, is a universal tragedy. 

I heard the same statistic several times: approximately 60-100 million girls are missing from this earth.

Let that sink in.

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Sometimes I feel like a crappy Christian

Sometimes I feel like a crappy Christian.  I judge Christians who judge other Christians for not being Christian enough, and then I say the person who first judged is not being Christian enough. I know, I suck. Big hypocrite!

Yesterday started out as a very inspiring day with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and also the second inauguration for Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States.  After recently seeing Lincoln and Django Unchained (no matter how fictional and historically inaccurate some claim the latter film to be), thoughts of where we’ve been in this country and how far we’ve come in terms of civil rights were fresh in my mind. I almost started crying as I watched Michelle Obama walk down the hallway into the front of the Capitol, and again as the President spoke about Dr. King, Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall. So much progress, yet so much more to be had.

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Values of a holistically pro-life Christian and the Election

Last political post before the presidential election and then I'll shut up for another 4 years. I consider myself to be a holistically pro-life Christian. What that means to me is I believe we need to do a better job as a society in working together to find effective, practical and compassionate solutions to END war, abortion, the death penalty, lack of affordable and quality health care, inequity in education, inequity in wages, a discriminatory justice system, domestic violence, sexual abuse, child abuse, gun violence, street violence, bullying, denial of basic human rights based on race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, and appearance, and all other issues that degrade the dignity of the life we were given by our creator God.We were made to live in community with one another, NOT in individual silos where it's every man/woman for him/herself.

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My talking point

Sometimes I read things my conservative family and friends write, and I cringe... Then I'll I read things my liberal family and friends write, and I cringe...

I don't like to call myself a moderate, because I don't think that exists (there aren’t only three political views in this country). But I do think I am learning to not be so effected by politics and instead just go with my gut on things, despite what some people might think of me.  I will not fit into a perfect little box.

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