“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Confronting Gender: The Possibilities of the Liveable Life

Judith Butler’s Undoing Gender continues the debates on gender and sexuality by further questioning what “it might mean to undo restrictively normative conceptions of sexual and gendered life.” What compels me is the way justice is an integral part of her investigation as she is “guided by the question of what maximizes the possibilities for a […]

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Confronting Gender: Material Lesbianism as Liberation

Monique Wittig’s The Straight Mind: And Other Essays  The first half of the collection looks at the category of sex as a political category. Specifically, it is concerned with ”[m]aterialist lesbianism.” Wittig “describe[s] heterosexuality not as an institution but as a political regime which rests on the submission and the appropriation of women (p. xiii).  […]

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Community Organizing, Vigils, and How Plans Go Awry

“Don’t become too narrow. Live fully. Meet all kinds of people. You’ll learn something from everyone. Follow what you feel in your heart.” -Yuri Kochiyama Lunch with a friend that I love and admire so much – we caught up as we don’t spend nearly enough time together. She’s in academic and intellectual circles, church […]

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#BeyondSundayMorning: Stories, Floods, and The Eucharist as Confrontation

Ira’s voice in my ear as I run makes my plodding along blur the trees while the road zips by in my peripheral vision. I have feet like a deer and suddenly I’ve run 8 miles. The college edition from last year (“How I Got Into College”) makes me laugh out loud – guffaw – […]

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Streams Run Uphill: Highlighting Other Voices

This week Jim Kast-Keat of Thirty Seconds or Less will be hosting the writers’ voices of Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Clergywomen of Color . “Where streams run uphill, there a woman rules.” -Ethiopian proverb After Making Paper Cranes I found myself desperate to uncover the meaningful and pertinent experiences of the rare but growing […]

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