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
Unity is possible, even where there are deep theological divides. When the Religious Right ascended to power through the latter part of the twentieth century, it was impacting San Francisco politics, particularly around civil rights for LGBTQ people. The Human Rights Commission of the city invited me to present a talk on the history of … Continue reading How Weekly Lunches Taught Me Gay Clergy & The Religious Right Can Work Together