I want to get very practical with this post, because I think privileged people tend to feel like they have no way to contribute positively to an unequal world except by feeling guilty and shameful for being privileged. This shame only results in self-pity and stuck-ness, and is counterproductive to the work of justice...
This is my second post in a series about privilege and “being last” – if you haven’t already checked out my introductory post, you might want to do so here!
When I heard Christena Cleveland talk about the call for privileged people to be last, it reminded me of a book I read years ago by Episcopal priest Eric Law called “The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb.”
I read the book at the recommendation of my then co-pastor, Jodi, who had found it offered wisdom for us as white women who were attempting to pastor a church of mainly First Nations people.
I haven’t written much over the last few months. I’ve found endless excuses not to write. I’ve even written things and found excuses not to publish. It’s time to start over and exercise this muscle again.
It’s not like I’m lacking in material; over the last month, as I’ve hopped from Baptist Peace Camp to the Wild Goose Festival to Richard Rohr’s "Conspire" webcast to the Generous Space Camp-Out, the number of workshops, talks and sermons I’ve digested have left me feeling like a spiritual glutton...
Birdsong wakes me too early
from unwanted dreams of your funeral.
I lay quietly listening, praying for sleep to return
to eyes swollen with last night's numb flood.
You would probably love these birds at dawn.
This is something I wrote and "preached-acted" for the Wine Before Breakfast community this week, based on Luke 23. I'm so grateful to have a community like WBB where I'm comfortable enough to take risks and push myself out of my comfort zone...
I just woke up.
So far I have not done anything today.
But soon, I will brush my hair and teeth.
I will show off my best face
and my best work,
desperately trying to prove myself to a world
will eventually forget and replace me.
Inspired by one of my favorite spoken word artists/poets, Anis Mojgani, I wanted to begin a habit of posting end-of-the-month roundups of things I've been pondering and learning through the month. Many of these points could be entire blog posts of their own, and perhaps will be one day, especially if you comment and tell me what I should expand upon... Where applicable, I'll also try to post links to the articles, songs, art, and poems that got me thinking...