Link dump of some cool, interesting, encouraging, and/or insightful things I’ve come across lately.
A Bishop who Stood in the Way at In Communion – Orthodox Peace Fellowship
I spent quite a bit of time researching non-violent resistance during World War II for Resisting Hitler: Roses, Not Rifles. I wound up focusing on women in that post, but there were many other stories I found of people who risked their lives in order to follow Jesus’ commands. People often say, “Well, that’s fine that you’re willing to risk your own life. But, what if some group of innocent people were being threatened? Wouldn’t you use violence to defend them?” They don’t seem to realize that we don’t have to use violence in order to defend others.
Kirill pushed through the SS officers guarding the area his authority and courage were such that no one dared stop him and made his way to the Jews inside the boxcars.
According to some accounts, as he reached them, he shouted a text from the Book of Ruth: “Wherever you go, I will go! Wherever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God!”
Reclaiming Innocence by Kelley Danahy at Adelaster
This is a beautiful reflection on innocence.
Whatever it is, innocence is subversive. When violence seems the easiest action, when bitter retorts the best response, maybe we reclaim a bit of that shining innocence when we choose peace and love.
Maybe we reclaim innocence when we see the reality of our abuse and say no. When we leave because this is not how it should be. Maybe innocence is seeing things as they should be.
Look Up (Why I Hated Women’s Ministry) by Kate Conner
Yesssss. Most women’s ministries come across to me as super patronizing. I was never interested in learning how to be a Proverbs 31 Woman (whatever that means). But, I am interested in participating in something that doesn’t focus on just one part of who I am. I’m not just a woman, after all. (I’m also an introverted, sanctimonious, shoe-hating, research-obsessed whoopie pie addict thank you very much.)
I don’t like women’s ministries that are about Christian womanhood. I like women’s ministries that are about The Gospel.
And not The Gospel*
Just The Gospel.
The Captioned Adventures of George Washington at rally ’round the history
This is the greatest thing ever. Just trust me.
I grew up surrounded by Christianese and it still confuses me. WTH is a “hedge of protection”?