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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