It’s General Assembly! Hope to see you there!
We finish the book of Romans and read through 1st Corinthians 5. As we continue reading Paul’s letters to the early church I find it important for us to consider Paul, as we should all things, in his own context. We should also remember that his experience was with the risen Christ, rather than the Jesus of history. (One may well wonder how things would have changed if Paul and Jesus had met in more conventional circumstances.) Sanders notes in Paul: A Very Short Introduction (an excellent series if you need to get a quick and authoritative take on many subjects), “Paul, destined to become Jesus’ most influential spokesman, never met him, and he first met the leading disciples approximately three years after his own conversion.” I sit with that as I consider the many, many things Paul had to say about Jesus and the Gospel, and will likely continue to do so throughout our jaunt through the Pauline and deutero-Pauline letters.
This week we read Part 3, “Managing Your Fears,” Chapter 14, “The Most Important Thing You Need to Know About Your Obstacles” of the T+P+A Big Read 2019, The Lifelong Activist. In short, “The most important thing you need to know about your obstacles is that all of them can be overcome.”
Do you have a plan to overcome your obstacles?
For June and July, in honor of Pride Month (and beyond) we are reading and praying over Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology by Pamela R. Lightsey. This week we read Chapter 6, “Transforming Until Thy Kin(g)dom Come.” She considers womanist queer theology in light of what she experienced in the Ferguson, MO protests. “As children of God and part of this expansive Creation, we must all be free to live and to worship God without fear of physical and psychological retaliation. God is still at work, in and through each of us. Therefore we must remain co-caretakers of that good and coming kin-dom of God, honoring the imago dei present in each of our lives.” (p. 77)
How do you honor the imago dei (image of God) present in your and others’ lives?
C’mon over to People of the Books, our online book club in which we discuss this book and whatever else is on your mind or heart!
Check out the Find Your FBCO Map to find your local faith-based community organizing affiliate and connect with the people who are working together to live out their dreams of a more just world! What’s going on in your living of the Gospel? Let us know in the comments, in our e-mail discussion group, or on social media.
- Goss, R. Queering Christ: Beyond Jesus Acted Up, 2002.
- Guest, Deryn. The Queer Bible Commentary. Edited by Robert E. Goss, Mona West, and Thomas Bohache. London: SCM Press, 2011.
- Hall, Suzanne DeWitt. Transfigured: A 40-Day Journey through Scripture for Gender-Queer and Transgender People. D.H. Strategies, 2018.
- Hall, Suzanne DeWitt. Where True Love Is: An Affirming Devotional for LGBTQI+ Individuals and Their Allies. D.H. Strategies, n.d.
- Isherwood, Lisa. “Queer Theology.” Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Lightsey, Pamela R. Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2015.
- Loughlin, G. Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body, 2007.
- Luther Seminary. “Enter the Bible,” n.d. http://www.enterthebible.org/.
- Rettig, Hillary. “Solving v. Dithering” in The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. New York, NY: Lantern Books, 2006. http://lifelongactivist.com/part-iii-managing-your-fears/8-adopting-the-three-productivity-behaviors-a-process-for-creating-behavioral-change/
- Sanders, E. P. Paul: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
- White, L. Michael. Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2010.