Uprisings for Black Lives Matter continue across the country and around the world, after beginning last week in Minneapolis, where Fr. Shay lives, in response to the murder of George Floyd by the police. The movement continues to swell as we recognize Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. As we head into LGBTQ Pride month, we recognize the interconnectedness of all our community’s struggles.
In this episode, we answer a listener question and talk about the concept of the original sin. “From what I’ve seen, at best, it casts all humans as inherently sinful or lesser (which I don’t believe) and at worst, it’s used as a reason to insult/degrade women.”
We also queer this week’s text from 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 & Matthew 28:16-20 which is very timely with what’s going on in the US right now. We are reminded to “Put things in order” or make things right, and to continue to go out there to continue to fight this fight. Black Lives Matter is part of that work.
In this episode, we talk about:
- LGBTQ Pride Month, Stonewall, Black Lives Matter, and the Bible: it’s all connected
- Listener question regarding Eve and the apple
- The original sin and how conservative Christianity understands it
- Reframing the idea of the original sin
- Original blessing: what our responsibility is?
- We queer the lectionary texts from 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 & Matthew 28:16-20
- What we encourage you to do when reading scriptures
- On “putting things in order”
- Harmony and peace? What does it look like?
- The story of Christian faith: reimagining the world very differently
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2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Say hello to each other with a holy kiss. All of God’s people say hello to you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”
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