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The Performative Allyship of Peter

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I know you; you’re an ally. You read the books, you listen to the podcasts, and you wear the pins. I get it. (Here’s a secret — I have all the pins, too.) Recently, I was quarantine cooking and listening to the Queerology podcast, “On Performative Allyship and Black Joy,” and guest Rev. Broderick Greer said, “Who says that someone is an ally?”[i] Rev. Greer goes on to say, “I would love to think that I’m an ally of trans people, but I’ve never been given that moniker… at best, I’m aspiring to be an ally or an accomplice. I’m giving myself over to that process.”[ii]I stopped what I was doing. “Wait, what? I can’t call myself an ally?” I said aloud to myself in my kitchen. Then I backed up the podcast and played it again. I pride myself on being an ally, you see, both in my anti-racism work, and in my work to help create safe and brave spaces for LGBTQIA+ teenagers in the church. It’s part of my identity.

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The Bible, Prayer, and Our Confederate Heroes

As the call for racial justice for our Black siblings echoes throughout the country, it has not only hit large cities, but also small communities. Local ministry leaders are calling out racism and white supremacy within their own contexts. Jeff Moles, a Christian educator in Owensboro, Kentucky, recently submitted this piece to the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper of Owensboro, Kentucky, in response to the community’s debate about a Confederate statue on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse lawn. It has, thus far, not been published by the paper. The office of Marcus Bosley is between my home and work. I have seen the invitation on a sign outside to come in, read the Bible, and pray. I take this to be a public declaration that the owner of this land and building, Mr. Bosley, is a committed Christian.

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    Earth Day 2016 was chosen for many nations, including the United States, to sign the historic Paris Agreement, negotiated at the end of 2015, to address global climate change. This was the most comprehensive agreement since the Convention on Climate Change was signed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

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    I confess that in my recent years in the climate movement, even as I helped produce the 2020 Earth Day Sunday resource, I have experienced a sense of dread. God’s creation is groaning, as we are in the midst of a mass species extinction event, killer heat waves, increased suffering

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    Lee:Unbound curated a series of articles and interviews on the doctrine of discovery and it got a lot of interest and people wanted to know more and to hear the perspectives of Native people. Because I feel like people don’t know how to connect issues. We have kind of conditioned

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    My name is Fern Cloud. I am a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribe on the Lake Traverse Reservation located in northeastern South Dakota. And I was called to a ministry in 2004 with the Presbyterian church here at Granite Falls, Minnesota. It's on the Upper Sioux Dakota reservation near

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    I have been asked to reflect upon extinction. First, perhaps because I write during a terrifying global pandemic, my thoughts turn to the massive explosions triggered as comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 broke up and slammed into Jupiter in 1994. Jupiter is but a speck in space…but so massive 1300

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    Many people are experiencing our most recent days as if we were in the movie "Groundhog Day", where the main character finds himself living the same day, over and over again, with no clear end in sight; that is, until he begins to acknowledge his faults, makes efforts to better

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Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations Calls for a Global Ceasefire

On March 23, 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war…That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put the armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.” Many nations responded while others did not. Not unlike the Olympic Truce, called for every two years before the Olympic Games, this ceasefire is necessary and hopeful for our world, but war and war business keep leaders fighting.

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