Scenes from a day in the life of this brown person.
LGBT+ people discovered a collective rights-consciousness in American society in the aftermath of Stonewall. Before the uprising, LGBT+ people often internalized prevailing attitudes that queer people suffered from some psychological pathology and belonged on the margins of society. After Stonewall, they saw themselves as one of many empowered minority groups militating for their civil rights.
What we are shown by this is that the central mystery of Christianity is not one that is meant to be pondered over and mystified over but one that seeks to include us into its very fabric, giving us a seat at the table, the mystery of salvation is no longer a spectator sport. It is something we become intimately involved in.
I want us to not get caught up in the satisfaction of spontaneous and temporary outrage. I want us to take a vow, and get to work. If you're eager to get out of the self-replicating loop that is systemic racism, start learning 'til you know.
On May 27, 2020 the queer community lost the fabulous Larry Kramer. During his life, Kramer cultivated the persona of a relentlessly confrontational activist who was unafraid to make what Civil Rights leader John Lewis called “good and necessary trouble.”
Vine & Fig states unequivocally that Black Lives Matter, and we whole-heartedly support the protestors who are doing God’s work in streets.
Ten years ago, I went on my first silent retreat. If I had known that it would be silent, I’m not sure I would have attended. So, it was with a great deal of uncertainty and skepticism that I sat with my fellow retreatants for our opening prayer.
In a few days, Pride Month will start in the US, and at Vine & Fig we’re hoping to celebrate this with fun community things that we have in the works. I myself would like to use the occasion to discuss an elephant in the room: the queerness of Catholics.
At the same time the OICA renaissance reshaped how new Catholics joined the Church, nuns also began exploring both ancient Christian traditions as well as interrogating Church teachings about gender and sexuality.