I’m not saying you should go around trying to recruit people by saying “hi, we’re building a movement against capitalism,” but you have to have an internal understanding of being anti-capitalist.
Otherwise you can win a bunch of battles and still lose the war.
1:50 pm • 20 September 2014 • 9 notes
i had to read this a couple times before i realized someone actually said that 200k marching people is more threatening than 200k homes being fitted with alt energy…
oh no, the point was that alt energy is more threatening to the Koch brothers and therefore we can’t have an anticapitalist movement because consumer choices will save us.
12:50 pm • 20 September 2014 • 3 notes
“Do you think the Koch brothers are more afraid of 200,000 people putting solar panels on their roofs or 200,000 people marching?”
Definitely got condescended to by a room of white UK/US organizers at a panel on economic disparities & climate change because I dared to suggest that we need to build power towards taking on capitalism, and I guess anti-capitalist movements are reducible to marching???
(The Brazilian in the room disagreed. )
12:46 pm • 20 September 2014 • 8 notes
||why are women increasingly on the forefront of spiritual issues like climate change?
||In my country [Ghana] if the floods come, if the crops fail, it's the women who are on the front line. The women have nothing to lose but to get into the street and say, hey, this is enough!
5:51 pm • 19 September 2014 • 11 notes
“There is an inviolable connection between the way we treat the Earth, the way we treat people, and the way we worship God.”
— Patriarch Bartholomew’s message to the gathered leaders at the Religions for the Earth conference
4:31 pm • 19 September 2014 • 62 notes
If you pray, please pray for my dad, Tom; as of this month, he’s been unemployed for a year.
12:51 pm • 19 September 2014 • 18 notes
I’m working on this massive conference, doing social media, and meeting with a publisher this weekend, as well as giving a rallying speech to several hundred people before we go to the big climate march, and possibly hanging out with my parents (they’re having money issues so they might cancel)/best friend/old friend visiting for the march. plus mingling with big-time WCC people, UN people and Al Gore.
I’m literally packing a bag with various kinds of tea to get me through. but I’m not sure how much I’ll be around.
12:37 pm • 19 September 2014 • 6 notes
youthintern said: What draws you to the MCC? I ask because I'm kind of peeping around different denominations.
The MCC has a lot of variability across churches, but here’s what I’ve liked at the three MCC churches I’ve visited and the MCC in general:
- MCC churches tend to be more evangelical than the mainline, in the sense that many people have a strong relationship with Jesus and talk openly about their prayer life and their faith.
- They take communion every week and people pray over you while you receive communion, which I really like.
- The MCC churches I have experienced have had a really incredible sense of community — perhaps because LGBT people commonly have a “chosen family” and strong group social relationships, there’s less of a tendency for the church to be a bunch of discrete family units.
- I’ve seen MCC churches do better with race than other churches, meaning that they talk about it, are often more racially (and socioeconomically!) diverse, and pull from Christian traditions outside of Europe in an authentic way.
- I really respect the denomination’s initiative regarding its direction. The MCC seems to be very aware that it could become irrelevant as more and more denominations affirm LGBT people, and it is having conversations about what distinguishes MCC churches (and whether the denomination needs to exist!). I have seen several avenues of thought out of this - that the MCC has been a justice denomination for its entire existence, and thus can commit itself to racial and economic justice; and that the MCC can be a more theologically conservative alternative to the liberal mainline churches. I think these two ideas combine marvelously.
That said, I am no longer entering a pastoral training program with the MCC because the hosting church decided to close the program. So I am not sure if I will pursue ordination with the MCC (I have heard they have a clergy surplus) or with a different denomination.
12:17 am • 19 September 2014 • 12 notes
I think, in general, the Left could do with a lot less in-fighting and a lot more actual strategic thinking. How do we build power? What leads to more power? How do our tactics support this strategy? What is the goal of marching, or of pushing through a ballot measure, or of enacting a mass education and food program, or of connecting people to resources that they lack? How does any tactic ultimately increase capacity, either by bringing in new people or empowering the people we already have?
10:24 pm • 18 September 2014 • 14 notes