Paying Attention

I’ve been on a journey into a new world of people and thinking, a group that I previously thought of as “others”.  It’s the LGBTQ community, of which my daughter has become a part of since she came out. The good news is that I’ve found plenty of Love in God’s storehouse that overflows for all.  The bad news is that I’ve had to confront a lot of things in myself to get there.

Well, actually both of those news stories are good.

There’s a special kind of challenge for a kid who grows up suppressing something they discover inside themselves, with few role models.  I’ve had to ask myself how I’ve been a part of Continue reading “Paying Attention”

Lost Cause

 

[ PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED POST —–> Whose Heritage? ]

[ THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REPUBLISHED ON JUNE 22, 2020 ]

The more I’ve tried to write about this, the more it bothers me.

The usual balm of reading and data digging backfired – it only showed me just how awful the problem is.  What seemed like one symbol was actually hundreds, out in public, for the whole nation to remember.

To remember the wrong thing.

What is leaving me stunned Continue reading “Lost Cause”

Act Justly

Should we shout for change or quietly be the change?

I could intentionally build friendships across race lines in a culture with overt and residual racism.

I could live out empathy in a church that is not as empathetic as I’d hoped.

I could listen and learn what it’s like to be queer in a straight society.

And none of this requires yelling or fighting the people and systems in power.

But don’t some things require trying to change others too? Continue reading “Act Justly”