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Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence

This post kicks off our fall series on sexualized violence and race. In turning our focus to the intersections of sexualized violence and race it is my hope that we do not allow ourselves to believe that we are exploring a side issue or engaging in a conversation that is only relevant to survivors who are also people of color (even though a conversation like that would be worthy of our attention). Understanding what sexualized violence is, who it affects, how it is perpetuated throughout Western and North American cultures and what is needed to resist it requires reflection on race just like it requires reflection on theology and religious practice or on psychology and trauma. Sustaining this conversation is necessary and important, and it will take the entirety of this series to start to stitch together our varied understandings of why that is. Today, I offer a (far from comprehensive) collection of musings, thoughts, concerns and questions that will hopefully start us thinking together and prepare the way for us to receive what is offered by the wonderful folks who have agreed to contribute to this series. ***** The post Breaking our silence on the racial dynamics of sexualized violence appeared first on Our Stories Untold.
Discovering and Growing in Emotional Health

Discovering and Growing in Emotional Health

Discovering our need for emotional health and emotional intelligence is cornerstone to a sustained leadership role. I remember the day I discovered this well. It was an early spring morning. The air was crisp, the birds were singing, and I was in tears...
Doing Good Better: 9 Reasons Why You Need to Read This Book

Doing Good Better: 9 Reasons Why You Need to Read This Book

I often think of the church as the body of Christ, a family of believers, a community of faith–and much less often as a “nonprofit organization.” That’s not a definition found in Scripture, yet in our twenty-first century, North American context, the church and church-related agencies do function as non-profit organizations with boards, budgets, personnel, and […]
Where is God?

Where is God?

Wherever one's heart is filled with compassion and they act for the benefit of another, God is present and working. Even in spaces where apathy, violence and unjust anger rule, God is right around the corner, looking for the opportunity to create love.

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