we don’t fall asleep at the table.

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I haven’t had much time to write this past month. Ideas come floating by here and there, but in the hubub of the holiday, they magically disappear and I honestly can’t remember what any of them are anymore. I always take that as a sign that I somehow wasn’t supposed to write them. One has indeed lingered as part of the #staywokeadvent synchroblog series. All month long people are writing reflections centered on this season related to justice and racism and advent and Jesus. As I …

poverty.

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i just started reading an interesting book by ruby payne called a framework for understanding poverty.  i had never read it before, although i’ve heard many good things about it from some different friends who work with friends in hard places.   it is very interesting.  i was thinking, too, that some material that really needs to be written is a book about understanding poverty by people living in poverty. i am always reminded, too, that the idea of descent & downward living is not solely connected …

last view from the margins: brown in a white world

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well, my friends, we have come to the end of february & this 8 post series on a view from the margins. i have really enjoyed everyone’s perspectives and all of the comments & emails in response.   it’s time to take a little break and shift gears (i am going to be writing about some lent season reflections as part of christine sine’s synchroblog over the course of the next month, plus a few other thoughts that have been swirling around during my blog break). i …

a view from the margins: the aftermath of emotional & physical abuse

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i know the coolest women.  seriously.  strong, brave, courageous women who are rebuilding their lives after the ravages of emotional and physical abuse threatened to ruin them.  i am crazily passionate about the subject of domestic violence because it is so prevalent, so underestimated, so misunderstood.  one of the reasons i am so intense about gender equality in the church is because of both subtle & direct ways women continue to be stripped of their dignity, value and voice.  this tearing down paves the way for …

a view from the margins: gay + “the church” = a lot of damage

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well i don’t think it would be possible to focus on a view from the margins without offering some perspectives from a group of folks who tend to be the most marginalized of all when it comes to “the church”-the gay & lesbian community.  i recognize that people who read this blog may be all over the place on this issue; in this moment, that is not what is on the table. what is? the opportunity to listen in on my friend’s perspective of what it …

a view from the margins: divorced & on the outs

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if you’re just joining the conversation here, i am in the middle of posting a series of interviews with people i know both in and outside of the refuge who for all kinds of reasons live “on the margins.”  sometimes it’s the margins of society, other times it’s the margins of “the church.”  sometimes it’s both.  so far, we’ve touched on: feeling like part of God’s ghetto respecting mental illness single dads eeking by marginalized kids although i will never be able to hit all of …

a view from the margins: marginalized kids

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marginalizing people is not limited to age.  kids get marginalized all the time, too.  the ones cast aside, avoided,  ignored the  most are probably the kids with special needs.  many people are afraid of them.  sometimes grownups don’t know what to do so they end up doing nothing.  the result:  we unknowingly marginalize kids and families when they need us the most.  Jesus loves the little children.  And he desperately and tangibly loves those that the world is afraid to touch.  special  needs kids can sometimes …

a view from the margins: single dads eeking by

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i am loving sharing these stories from my friends!  every time i re-read them, i am blown away by their beauty and depth.  janice’s view of  “God’s ghetto” and kate’s perspective on mental illness have gotten us off to a great start.  i thought we’d enter into another dimension from the margins, ones that tends to get ignored sometimes-single daddies struggling to take good care of their kids and put food on the table. i talk about single moms all the time. their situations are so …