Black Lives Matter: Authentic Endorsements?

By Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom What does it mean to endorse a social movement? Political network researchers Florence Passy and Gian-Andrea Monsch describe social movements as relational processes in which groups act collectively, share resources, and challenge boundaries through narratives and identity building (Social Networks and Social Movements: Contentious Connections, 24). Collective action, relationship making, resource sharing,…

Honor Unci Maka

By Lenore ThreeStars My takoja (grandchild in Lakota) came out of preschool proudly carrying a tiny cucumber plant that she grew in class from a seed. She said they celebrated Earth Day. “Oh, you honored Unci Maka!” (Lakota for Grandmother Earth) Her eyes grew wide as she associated what she did in class with what…

Evangelicalism Be Damned

As this election season has blossomed I have watched with, at first, irritation, then frustration, and now alarm as the press regularly uses the term “evangelical Christian” with its implied fundamentalist and Republican subtitle, as the banner under which all who follow Christ will vote. It is not that I decry fundamentalism or Republicans.  My…

The Politics of Protesting

By Jen Gillan Last week someone left me a brief message on my Facebook wall. It simply read, “F.Y.I.” and had an attachment with information regarding a day of protest in Chicago. I chuckled to myself. In the last couple of months, through conversations or pictures on social media, some people have come to view…

Pro-Compassion

By Alex Macias Abortion is one of the most incendiary topics in the country and church.  But you can feel free to breathe a sigh of relief; this post is not about beginning a political debate.  It’s about finding a different way of engaging each other. There are two major camps on this topic, those…

Questions and insecurity

by Jill Riley Politics scare me. I have so many insecurities about this topic. I consider myself an open person. Some days I’m pretty close to “over share”. I can talk to you about the children’s ridiculous behavior, illnesses, the state of my finances, menstrual cycles, weight gain, and relational difficulties. But politics? Sweet Jesus…

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