For those that don't know, I'm in graduate school in Seattle. I currently flip flop between a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Art in Theology and Culture. Maybe I will pick for reals sometime here soon. Or maybe I can do both (and be broke forever!). Either way, it is finals week and I am attempting to condense what I have learned, unlearned, and where I find myself in my beliefs in 6-8 pages, double spaced. It's not an easy task but I am learning what is of utmost importance to me and that is helpful.
This post won't be comical or witty. Instead, I want to encourage us to think how, when, and to whom you can love better and more fully. I struggle with this. I want to react to people who see differently than I do and show them how they are wrong. Often, I want to convince them over to my side. In the same manner though, I am shy. I do not like debate or to have to remain on a "side". I do not always like taking sides.
While there may or may not be a right side, there is a different (or right?) way to love that looks more like listening than talking, more like hearing than saying, and more like humility than conviction.
Here is a thought I had today about how I (and perhaps, we) can begin to see one another with different eyes and with a new imagination for what could be. I want to imagine a response to exclusion that sounds like a welcome and while I do not know yet how to fully live that, it is important for me to try.
are always at fault of exclusion especially when it is done in
resistance to a previous exclusion. Some denominations exclude women
from church leadership positions and it would be understandable (perhaps
even wise at times) to take a stance against them. However, if I do not
make room for this voice in my conversations and posture, if I do not
turn my stance towards rather than against, I am also cultivating
And I would suggest, perhaps I am at a greater fault than the
original offender for I know the harm I cause."