Trigger (n): a stimulus such as a smell, sound, or sight that gives rise to feelings of trauma. I hate the local news. I hate learning stories of muggings and car crashes that happen in my city or in the cities of people I love. I hate turning on the television to see shocking headline after … Continue reading Avoidance vs. Self-Care: The Ethics of Trigger Warnings
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)
The work of healing the world is taking place on the Internet. And that work should not have to bear an additional burden of languishing in an Internet slow lane, waiting until someone pays an additional toll to release it, full force, into the world.
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
“A Booklet of uncommon prayer: Collects for the #BlackLivesMatter Movement – and Beyond” by Kenji Kuramitsu is a collection of prayers that belongs right next to your poster board and permanent marker collection. It is a gripping collection of prayers that come from Kuramitsu’s own activism and a welcome addition to your self-care rituals, community … Continue reading Prayers, Protest, & the Dangerous Justice of Jesus – Interview with Kenji Kuramitsu
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