Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day Links

I’m keeping it brief this week because I’m in Michigan for my brother’s college graduation. (Congrats, little bro!) It’s sunny and warm on my sister’s front porch in Grand Rapids, where I’m working Sunday morning’s sermon for Kalamazoo Mennonite. The semester is over, and I’ll be taking a few days vacation starting Monday.

Reading
Jessica Valenti on why going without make-up isn’t radical.

Hannah Bonner on white privilege and active resistance. She writes, “to be passive and an ally is not a possibility”

This week I re-read two different pieces by Amy Laura Hall that have contributed to how I think about that thing people refer to as “sexual ethics.” I recommend both: A Christian Vagina Monologue and Pregnancy as Punishment.

I am about halfway through Chris Hoke’s Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders. As many who know me well could tell you, I have strong (and often negative) opinions about the proliferation of so-called “spiritual memoir” these days (not because I don’t like writing about spirituality, or memoir as a genre, but for other more complicated reasons I plan to write about in the next couple weeks). But I heard Chris read this week, and his book is the real deal. Wanted is beautiful and challenging, and I recommend it to you.

Listening
Dear Sugar Radio, Episode 2: The Stories We Tell. Wounded Feminist’s letter, and Cheryl and Steve’s response, hit me in the gut -- in a good way.

Watching
President Obama talking about Baltimore: “If our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could; it’s just that it would require everybody saying, ‘this is important; this is significant.’ And, that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped, but we’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids.” That’ll preach.