Submissions

RadicalDiscipleship is committed to being collective.  We believe that there are a diversity of Stories being lived out all over North America.  These Stories are waiting to be told.  By you!

Write

  • We are looking for voices and stories. Please send us your writing. It can be whatever is on your heart- an invitation to movement work, outrage at what you are seeing, storytelling, gratitude, a review of a favorite book- options are limitless. We are looking for 250-750 word posts that chronicle what Christian communities are doing.
  • Or send art, photography, or poetry!
  • Or if you see something that would be great to share in this space, send that too!

Communities

  • We have a list of communities with their websites on the website, but it is far from a complete or thorough list. Send us your communities name and website and we will get it up there. Or do you see someone missing? Send that along.

Calendar

  • We plan for the calendar to become more and more interactive. But for now, send us events you know are happening and we will get it up there.

Send submissions and/or upcoming events to Lydia Wylie-Kellermann at lydiaiwk@gmail.com or Tom Airey at tommyairey@hotmail.com.

2 thoughts on “Submissions

  1. I have finished reading a book by Jim Wallis, entitled, “America’s Original Sin.” Many times he quotes or alludes to the original sin of our country, “The United Stated of America was established as a white society, founded upon the near genocide of another race and the enslavement of yet another.”
    As a Christian, he urges all Christians to heed the words of Christ to love God, our neighbor and the stranger.
    In this election year, I am grieved by all the hatred, spewed by certain people running for office and their followers. When people say they want to make America great again, they mean that “white people” predominately white males would be in the majority and rule the country.
    When writing about immigration reform, Jim Wallis says that the politicians are afraid to reform the immigration law, reform the justice system, break down the barriers of racism because they are afraid of a multiracial, multicultural, and multinational group of Americans with no group being a majority.
    Racism is “prejudice with power” says Wallis and most of the power today is in the hands of the white people who have used the power to oppress anyone who is different from them. Today many people say they are fearful of driving through some neighborhoods. Most, if not all, black mothers are fearful every time their children especially their sons leave the house and may encounter a white police officer. How many white parents have had “the talk” with their children about avoiding a policeman and how to act when approached.
    Why does our country which has 5% of the population of the world have 25% of people incarcerated? The war on drugs has really been a war on the black community. More black males are stopped for minute traffic violations, are incarcerated for possession of a drug rather than selling, are given much longer sentences than the white males. This is all part of the New Jim Crow.
    When the Black Lives Matter movement began many white people were upset. What is the problem? Systemic racism has limited where people of color can live, what kind of schools they can attend, what careers are available to them. The people who were hurt the most with the 2007 recession were black families who were charged much higher home interest rates than white families. If one were to look at a map of the US of where people live, one would discover that people of color live in the most neglected parts of our country, reservations, ghettos, areas around chemical plants, coal burning electrical plants, etc. causing many health problems. Economics was the reason for slavery, economics was the reason for the bad water in Flint, Michigan, economics is the reason for the large number of incarcerated people and the move to privatize prisons and schools, move jobs to other countries, charge higher interest rates, refuse to raise the minimum wage, neglect infrastructure, and police tactics acting as wardens rather than guardians of communities wanting to test for drugs before getting SNAP or other assistance. Now, economics is the reason for gentrification when absentee landlords evict people of color for no reason except to remodel the building and entice wealthier people to rent and change the neighborhood.
    To make America great would be to “build bridges”, as Pope Francis says rather than “walls” as stated by one candidate running for president. We must be strong and not let fear rule our lives nor form our decisions, etc. Yes, we are our brothers’ keepers regardless of skin color, economic level, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or birth place.

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