Could This Theology Work?

I do not normally listen to podcasts.

I prefer reading because I can skim over parts and linger over others. I am glad I made an exception.

Two excerpts made an impression on me. (They are quoted out of order.)

This first excerpt made an impression on me because I think we can judge everything we do and think in the name of religious belief by this same standard:

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“I had a wonderful theology professor that said,

‘If you have a theology that does not appeal to
a brown woman in a third-world country,
what good is your theology?’

And so I often say to myself, when I preach a sermon,
‘Could this sermon and this theology work
if I was preaching it to the young women of Boko Haram who were
taken
as young black school girls?

Could this theology work?’

I would ask the Church to ask if its theology could work
in the most depraved and hard of circumstances.
That’s how you know you have a theology of which
the least of these
can be seen,
can be heard,
can be met,

and that God meets them.”

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And the second excerpt was just as poignant, and punctuated by a great visual:

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“We have a God who suffered everything we would suffer so that God would know how to help us.
And that’s crucial and imperative–
that we have a God that knows us
by our tears and our pain.

So, to worship a God like that,
to be in community,
and believe in a God like that,
I would hope that we would understand
how important it is
to hear the cries of one another
and to come to each other’s aid —
and [not just] with casseroles.

Sometimes, you’ve got to
take that casserole
to a march.

Go ahead,
and take whatever you’ve got,
and head to a protest;
and start to educate yourself on those who are not like you.

And so, I think that would be my major move and requirement of the Church
and of us
as disciples
in . . . Christian faith.”

Kugel. Not going to a protest-- yet. Small steps.
Kugel.
Not going to a protest–yet.
Small steps.

Fatimah Salleh, PhD, MDiv
on
A Thoughtful Faith Podcast
#167: Racism, Mormonism, the US Presidential Election and Women of Color
Excerpts start at approximately 1:29:00 and 1:28:00.
Recorded November 14, 2016
The entire podcast can be found here.

God’s Gym

 

I saw an update in my social media feed the other day attached to a photo taken out on a trail through the woods:

“Sat[urday] therapy session in God’s gym.”
(~Thad Kittelson)*

  • Have you had your therapy session lately?
  • Have you been to The Gym lately?

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*I don’t know if he is the first to use the phrase “God’s Gym,” but I figured I should at least give him credit for introducing it to me.