Tag Archives: Pinned

Posts I think are worthier than the rest, for easier reference instead of simply scrolling through the flood.

Community Building | National Museum of African American History and Culture

«Community building is something we do together to share perspectives, create brave space, and foster relationships. We are members of a community dedicated to ending racism. Let’s build a national community and grow your local one.»

I haven’t read every word of this, nor have I watched any of the videos (at this moment), but I feel like it’s going to be an important resource for me, so I’m pinning it.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/community-building

“Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” — Eph. 4:26

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%204%3A22-5%3A2&version=CEB;NRSV

I had a bit of a realization regarding this passage. In my youth, I heard Phyllis Diller say this meant, “Stay up and fight!” which was a comic line that got a laugh. Funny how things you hear in your youth can pollute the meaning.

I think she’s almost right (and she probably knew it), but this morning’s thought is: don’t nurture and burnish your anger. It’s false comfort to do so. You may not get your issue resolved, but you should at least bring it up for discussion. Anyway, anger is a secondary emotion. It comes from something else, like hurt, fear, a sense of injustice, etc. It’s ok to be angry, but watch what you do with your anger. And maybe be aware of what’s under/behind it by the time you go to sleep, since sleeping on it might sort of cement it in place.

I know, blithe statements from the Bible and (pseudo-) wisdom from a fool. But, still.

Also, from one commentary (Oxford Bible Commentary), on “deceitful desires”: “the desire which constantly promises but never fully satisfies.” Hmm. Like… burnished anger?

There’s racial bias in our police systems. Here’s the overwhelming proof. – Washington Post

“There’s racial bias in our police systems. Here’s the overwhelming proof. – Washington Post” https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/opinions/systemic-racism-police-evidence-criminal-justice-system/

Racial disparity and over-policing in our criminal justice (“justice”) system, among other things.

I know I mentioned this particular article before, but I can’t find it on a search. Fortunately, Google still serves.

[Update, 11 Dec 2021] Here’s another link: https://www.vera.org/publications/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds-landing/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds/findings

Faithful and Inclusive- The Bible, Sexuality, and the United Methodist Church | Institute For Discipleship

https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/dvd/

I was fortunate enough to participate in this small-group study, and I really recommend it. It’s not particularly Methodist, and there’s a link to a really good handout with questions to consider. Maybe consider plunking down for this, if you have the cash.

[Update: here. I’ll save you a click: https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Faithful-and-Inclusive-Participant-Guide-042720.pdf]