Racialization meant that people sometimes saw me as white, black or other, depending on their own lived experiences, beliefs, and worldviews.Anita Coleman I remember a time, 1990, in San Diego, when a young French man, Patrice, asked me, “Why are they letting all these Asians into the country?” He was angry because the San Diego … Continue reading I Quit Racializing Myself But My Church Did Not
In the wake of John MacArthur’s racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic statement about social justice, a progressive Christian group pushes back.
I first read the phrase fat acceptance when I stumbled upon it while I was trying desperately to find fashion tips that would make me look slimmer. I was a junior in college and had my first boyfriend. The fact that he started dating me as a fat girl did nothing to convince me that … Continue reading I Reject the Labels Overweight and Sinful. I’m Fat and God Loves Me.
Biblical interpretations that don’t take into account historical and contextual realities can be used to further oppression. To simply take a Bible verse and apply it to any given situation can at worst, contribute to harm and violence. For instance, police officers love to quote Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be … Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers is not a Justification for Police Brutality
This summer I was on a beach at a Christian camp and I heard a lifeguard say to a group of swimming children, “Okay, guys and gals and non-binary pals!” My heart smiled to hear the college age lifeguard casually insert a new gender identity, like it was perfectly normal to affirm queer people at … Continue reading The Diversity at Our Rural Christian Camp Gives Us Hope
With high summer comes canning season – a season I love, because it involves getting my hands messy and into the earth and its bounty. My husband and I had an extremely limited budget for gifts last Christmas as we had just arrived in America, he as a new immigrant, and me after years overseas. … Continue reading For My Immigrant Husband & Refugee Friends, the Damage is Already Done