Let’s Talk: About a Spinning Head
My head is spinning. I honestly don’t know where to start this week as I think about what to talk about this week in this column:
- I heard on the news that the wildfires burning right now mark the earliest wildfire season in history and that is concerning for all of us, especially for those in the direct line of the fires burning right now. How can we help? We are reaching out to our churches in the area but please let us know if there are specific needs that we can assist with and/or get word out to our sister churches.
- Children are still not reunited with their parents at the border. We are sending to our Senators and Representatives more signatures from churches to the letter that came out of Annual Gathering and will continue to do so because this is an issue that needs to stay in the forefront of people’s minds.
- I was listening to a podcast yesterday about evidence of systemic racism in our society and it reminded me that it is such a fabric of who we are as Americans that many of us, especially those of us with privilege, wear this fabric daily and don’t even recognize it. We need to wake up and see the racism in our daily actions and activities and stand up against it if we ever want to make strides to dismantle it.
- MeToo continues to be an incredibly important movement that we need to pay attention to. The other day I heard someone say that white men have to be incredibly careful about what they say and do because even actions or lack of action from 30 years ago that may not have been right but was “acceptable” is now being criticized and is ruining careers and lives. All I could think of is all the women who were never believed and/or have carried with them the pain of what happened to them for all those years because they knew if they spoke up they would not only not be believed but could face serious consequences for speaking up. “MeToo” needs to continue to be “a thing” until our society finally faces the fact that sexism also continues to be woven into the fabric of our society and needs to be addressed.
- The other night I was at a ballgame. After the game a member of our group was waiting for a wheelchair she had reserved to take her back to BART. The wheelchair wasn’t there. We ended up waiting with her for about a half hour until they finally arrived. I reflected on something that I rarely think about because right now I’m able to move around under my own power. Not everyone can and to be stranded and dependent on someone else can be a stressful and scary thing. I hope that experience will always help me be more sensitive to the people around me who need assistance that I cannot give or get for them myself, at least I can offer a presence with them while they wait.
I could keep going. Yesterday was 4th of July—an opportunity for us to think about who we are as a country and as people of a country. Today is the 5th of July and it is a reminder that every day is an opportunity for us to remember that we are a people of faith; a people of God who have a responsibility to think about who we are and how we act and live in our world as a people striving to bring God’s love, Christ’s light and the Spirit’s movement to the places that need it the most