justice is more than equality

kathyescobar equality, incarnational, injustice, synchroblog 14 Comments

*october’s syncroblogy–other bloggers writing on the same topic–is what is social justice, really? i’m way off on a blog groove these days, but this is a topic i really love.  i’ll post a link list tomorrow morning so you can can check out a variety of other posts on the same topic. * * * * * my dad was a true-blue hippie in berkeley during the 60’s 70’s. when it was his weekend to take me (my parents were divorced when i was 5) he …

the spiritual practice of showing up & telling the truth

kathyescobar healing, relationships, spiritual formation, synchroblog 42 Comments

wikipedia defines a spiritual practice as “the regular or full-time performance of actions and activities undertaken for the purpose of cultivating spiritual development.”  my working definition of a spiritual practice is “an action or process or intention that opens up our soul and challenges, heals, and transforms us.” june’s synchroblog is today & the topic is ordinary courage.  the awesome & amazing brene brown says, “courage originally meant ‘to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” over time, this definition has changed, and, today, courage …

what seems to help in the midst of pain

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, leadership, synchroblog, the refuge 44 Comments

“when we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. the friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with …

what do we want to be known for?

kathyescobar crazy making, synchroblog 33 Comments

today is the march synchroblog, centered on guns & God.  yikes, it’s a tricky topic with so many strong emotions, but i have faith that we can have a kind and respectful conversation. it’s a way to practice listening and let others be where they are at without feeling the need to convince differently. i have written several very clear-here’s-where-i-stand-today synchroblog posts in the past on issues of health care reform & immigration & marriage equality as part of past synchroblogs.  i have shared openly about the paradoxical conflict …

turning our ingrown eyeballs up & out

kathyescobar healing, spiritual formation, synchroblog 10 Comments

* it’s really hard to put into words my gratitude for the many responses i received on monday’s post.  so much honesty and i appreciate each of you for taking time to share.  oh, how i wish we could all be together in my living room for a deeper conversation about this! online space has its limitations, but it does open up the door for tricky topics.  we need to learn to live in the tension of disagreement without being mean.  for now, i will say …

5 ways to make it through the election & still keep your friends

kathyescobar just because i thought it was fun, synchroblog 24 Comments

* this post is for the october synchroblog, centered on faith & politics.  i wrote a post several years ago that still probably sums things up for me.  when it comes to this year’s election, i am left with a  feeling that the system is so badly broken that it is discouraging. although i believe passionately in democracy, i am sad how it has often become more about media leverage than about serving people.  i’ll keep adding to the link list of other bloggers writing on …

what it means to follow

kathyescobar jesus is cool, spiritual formation, synchroblog 19 Comments

* i’ve been battling a nasty, annoying summer head cold these past few days that has knocked me off my block so just now getting around to posting some things i’ve written for other blogs over the past few months.  i’ll start with this, up at provoketive magazine, for this august’s synchroblog.   the subject was “follow” and what that means for us.   all month long posts will be up there related to this topic. * * * * * “Follow me” – Jesus, over and over …

privilege.

kathyescobar equality, injustice 24 Comments

* this post is part of the june synchroblog, which was focused on “what is in our invisible knapsack”–the unearned privilege that many carry and how we can participate in changing deeply grooves systems that are built on it. i wrote this post almost exactly a year ago, previously called white privilege, male privilege, straight privilege, economic privilege, but thought i’d repost it as part of this conversation. other links are at the bottom of this post.  my feeling on the topic is still the same–any …