“Mass incarceration will be halted only by a moral awakening.” (Gilliard, Page 9) Dominique Gilliard’s forthcoming book, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, reframes and reimagines the movement to end mass incarceration in ways that are practical, challenging, and encouragingly accessible. Gilliard skillfully weaves together sociology, theology, and personal stories to awaken our minds, … Continue reading Review: Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique Gilliard Brings Theological Awakening to Mass Incarceration
Part one of this series (Queer Asian American Christianity: Refusal, Resistance, and Resurrection) can be found here. Artwork: EXPECT RESISTANCE by Raychelle Duazo RESISTANCE When marginalized communities engage in the prophetic and courageous act of truth-telling, we inherently expose, interrupt, and refuse the current order of things. Our testimonies of love, loss, grief, and God … Continue reading Queer Asian American Christianity: Refusal, Resistance, and Resurrection (Part 2)
Artwork: “Salvage” by Raychelle Duazo Introduction to the Series “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” Jeremiah 2:13 (Italics added.) In Biblical contexts, cisterns were artificial reservoirs for the collection and storage of water. Throughout … Continue reading Queer Asian American Christianity: Refusal, Resistance, and Resurrection (Part 1)
Dear future daughter, In response to Trump’s election, your grandmother texted me, “I cannot immigrate to another country again.” The first time was traumatic and uprooting enough. As Chinese-Americans, many of us thought we were “passing.” Some of us learned to work the system, and falsely hid behind model minority lies. Many of us forgot, … Continue reading Dear Future Daughter: Chinese-American Womanhood in the Wake of Trump
… Soul is in sackcloth, Hallelujah in tears, Oh Lord heal this land. There’s blood on this land, Let what’s shed not be in vain, Oh Lord heal these times. Safe space is lifeline, Without it we suffocate, Oh Lord give us breath. Mourning to mourning, To be with and in safety, How my soul so … Continue reading Haikus of Lament for a homophobic massacre and everyday trauma.
Last month over 10,000 Evangelical Christian students and leaders gathered at the Urbana Missions conference hosted by InterVarsity once every three years. I am proud to say that InterVarsity – an Evangelical campus ministry of which I am a minister – invited Ferguson activist Michelle Higgins along with several Black Lives Matter speakers to call … Continue reading The Invisibility of Queer & Trans Black Lives in Evangelical Support for Black Lives Matter