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Listening to our Neighbors

The beginning chapters of the Book of Acts are fascinating.  The birth of the church in first century Palestine with all the intrigue of mass conversions, bold preaching, the power of the Holy Spirit combined with arrests, threats, persecutions and stoning gives us a stunning picture of what it must have been like.  But an… Read more »

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Jesus as Holy Disruption: Part 3 in a 3 part series

Part 3: So how can we today be a Holy Disruption? We need to be creative, but here are a few starter suggestions.   Self-Education, Hearing Oppressed Groups, Engaging in Hard Honest Dialogue and Taking a Visible Stand:   This is especially important for those with privilege, who can easily opt out with little thought… Read more »

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Jesus as Holy Disruption: part 2 in a 3 part series

Part 2 Before we get into the meat of things, I think we have to define “Holy Disruption.” For most things, especially anti-racism and anti-oppression work, using the dictionary definition of a term is generally a bad idea. Most dictionaries were written by white powerful men and many times racism, sexism, and other nasty -isms… Read more »

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Jesus as Holy Disruption: part 1 in a 3 part series

Part 1  The last few years have been particularly transformative for me both spiritually and socially as I’ve become more engaged in local anti-oppression movements. My understanding of Jesus and the power of the gospel has also strengthened and evolved. I’ve come to understand Christ as the ultimate embodiment of holy disruption and it I… Read more »

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The Other: Our desire to separate

I am a reader. I don’t mean that each year I can check a large number of books off my laundry list of literary titles, but rather that I deeply connect with what I read. Words are deeply powerful. It is with words that God spoke the very world into existence. The right combination of… Read more »

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Defining White Privilege

This article, originally published on June 18, 2015 on http://tanyadennisbooks.com  is being reposted with permission. Having been raised below the poverty line by a single mom, I often eschew the concept of “white privilege.” It’s not that I deny it exists; I just haven’t seen much of it in my life. My childhood was not… Read more »