MAKE ME A LIVING BLESSING “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying . . .” Matthew 5:1-2 I first spoke this version of Jesus’ Beatitudes to the crowd gathered for the Women’s March … Continue reading Jesus’ Beatitudes for the 21st Century
I’ve always known that my gender was different from my assigned sex, and on June 29, 2010, after a period of prayer and discernment with medical staff and those closest to me, I began the process of transitioning from being a female bodied person to being a male bodied person.
Last week Charleena Lyles, called 911 to report a burglary. Lyles, a 30 year old pregnant woman was in treatment for what her family described as “mental health issues.” She held a knife in her hands as she answered the door for the police. The two police officers answering the call both discharged their … Continue reading Four Reasons We Can’t Talk About Community Police Relationships Without Talking About Mental Health
I woke up in the middle of the night and made my way to the bathroom to relieve myself when I fainted and fell striking my head on the corner of the bathtub and the hard tile floor. The accident caused damage to my upper spinal column. It took over a year of rehabilitation therapy and re-learning things to be able to participate in daily and work activities. I could not have made progress without the affordable care act, and the care of physicians. Today, I am uncertain how I will ever be able to fund my “pre-existing condition” and it’s needs under this new health care bill.
Love, in a spiritual sense, will always trump hate. This is one of the tenets of my spirituality that keeps me going in the midst of grieving and injustice all around me. But in the world we live in at the moment? Sometimes hate wins. And it might keep winning if we keep failing to acknowledge its existence—and act accordingly.
Marsha, a Black Drag Queen, began our march into the liberating light. Would honor her, take up his torch, and lead our community into the liberation of Jesus, the light of the world.