It’s time for Action & Reading

Join us beginning 1/27/2020 for a time of reading, discussion, snacks and fellowship as we begin our book club with Monique W. Morris Push Out.  We will have both a face to face group and a digital club on Facebook!  Please let me know if you’d like an invite. Peace and Blessings to you all.

Mrs. AllyM

What’s up…

It’s been a minute since I wrote an update. Recently I spoke at Creation and the City of God Consultation sponsored by Global Ministries on the topic of inclusion. Inclusion is one of those hot topics within the United Methodist Church these days because it can be defined in so many ways. Defined in terms of race, gender, ability and sexuality. All of these are labels that to often we frequently use it as a way to categorize and seperate others to our liking although Christ’s teachings tell us the oposite. It is not the role of the church to exclude but rather to include people regardless of the label a person uses to define identity and location within the church or the world as parish throughout the globe.

In other news in terms of what’s up I listened to a sermon today about healing as part of sermon series categorized as living resurrection  using Mark 5 v. 24-34 as the text. The sermon was preached by Rev. Amy Roon, one of the pastors at University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington. The sermon reminded me of a conversation I recently had with my fiance about just what is missing from the church as we know it. We discussed hospitality, just what that looks like, and who can and should spread The Word of Christ and lead congregations. We talked about ableism and apologies. Too often its not an apology that is needed but rather courage to step out to be oneself. To live out the resurrection is that healing is outward love not that we should opress others because they are different from those in the crowd but instead we should embrace all despite their labels or identity.

How do you define hospitality?  How do you live out the resurrection? Is hospitality evident when everyone in your congregation looks the same? Is hospitality evident when congregants come as they are? What about how guests feel when visiting? Do you accept testimonies different than your own?   What about when someone steps forward with boldness such as the woman mentioned in the text?

The same questions come to light when attending conferences. What is the panel like? Does the keynote’s message truly align with the topic at hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifting, Belonging, Finding Space

Spring, a time of new birth new horizons remains missing in action. Spring where are you? It’s time for growth, time for rebirth and newness. Grateful during this time of stalled spring I’m grateful for listening ears, space to dream, space to share parts of my calling. While I write to today listening to prophetic resistance podcast and profane faith. Grateful for the joy of baptism this morning and also the joy of birth announcements and of new life among my circle of classmates and colleagues.

 

 

New Horizons….A New Year…

This season of waiting known as Advent is almost over. Only a few more days remain in the year. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step or so they say. I myself am starting out a new journey of my own. This season of waiting has been a long one reading Howard Thurman’s The Mood of Christmas has been a great reminder of what’s left to do in this world.  Thurman’s poem ” The Work of Christmas” will be a focus for me in the coming year. See the featured image if you’d like to read it.

 

Figuring out my plans and goals for what lies ahead. In  my last post I mentioned potential talks and courses I’d like to accomplish. Feel free to check in with me throughout the year accountability speaks volumes.

1. In this next chapter I will return to graduate work and return to academia. 2. In the immediate I will complete my application for the Hoover grant pursing work on reproductive justice and disability.  3.Seek new consulting opportunities in making my community and society more inclusive when it comes to race and disability. 4.Develop outlet for children with disabilities and their families outside of school to work on social skills and life skills such as being stopped by police, finding a job and applications, and college. 5. Read more for fun, theology, faith and scripture. 6. Pursue my loc journey  7. Self Care 8. Relationships 9. Consider foster care/adoption 10. Scripture focus for the coming year: Isaiah 41: 31 & Philippians 4. 10.  Be more consistent blogging and writing. Thankful for the motivation to keep going,  the healing sentiments of ginger ale and fresh starts.

Future visions: Talks & Teaching

Thinking aloud about things yet to come.  Coming back to thoughts on my experience at AAR/SBL ( American Academy of Religion)  (Society of Biblical Literature) and the work that remains. As some of you know I currently work in K-12 special education striking to find a balance between the local church, the academy and the secular realm we live in.

Thinking about some courses I would like to teach or develop in the future for undergraduates and possibly some grad students. A course titled  Say her name: hashtags, disability, and women of color  to examine the influence  of social media at the intersection of social justice, disability from the lens of women of color.

Purple splendor: A theological look at women of color, disability and trauma. This course would examine the influence of trauma from the lens of women of color and the influence of disability and Womanist thought.

Checks, labels and the illusion of prosperity in a post Obama world in the age of Trump: An examination  of Christian ethics

Living your best life being a person of color  & disability: Economics, Real world encounters and life skills. This course would provide real skills including managing finances on a fixed income such as SSI/disabilty, dealing with police brutality and dealing with the Un Justice system, finding community resources.  Too many black and brown are being trafficked and dying at the hands of police.

Reproductive justice and disability: An exploration on incorporating disability into the reproductive justice movement.

An exploration of Micah 6:8 in a time of resistance . Just one or all three

Black is beautiful: intersection and identity politics

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Intersections and being open

So intersections in this day and age are unavoidable despite the choices we are sometimes are forced to make  for our own safety and sanity.But every once and a while the opportunity comes along that you can be free and open to share and just be. Thankful for the joy of the chance to be and laugh and talk and smile.

Advent thoughts

A prayerful reflection
Next steps. New chapters. Black & brown death happening , not valued enough. Disabled bodies devalued the cost deemed too high, women & men cry out me too. No place is sacred or safe. Health care snatched away. Disarray in the White House, ignorance that is Trump. Love exists but at what cost. We continue to wait this Advent season. Waiting for hope, Waiting for peace. Waiting for joy .

God help our nation and those around the globe. Heal our lands as fires rage. Send healing balms for our hearts & tongues. Let white supremacy,misogyny & the other isms die rather than continue destroying lives. Lord we are watching and waiting this Advent season. In the name of the one you sent I pray, Amen