Speaking Truth to Power
This issue is equal parts feisty and ambivalent. We rage at the Powers-that-Be and then question whether power is really all that bad. We ask whether or not anyone can really know the truth and then we list the multitude of things that we know, in our gut, to be true.
And that’s pretty accurate, I think, to how most of us live our lives: in the in-between spaces. Full of both certainty and doubt in equal measure.
Throughout this issue, though, we both express a deep longing: to be a part of something that is bigger than us. We want to stand up to the people and systems that hold us captive and break through to a new way of being.
And we wrestle with our own fear about standing up, speaking out, fighting back.
Throughout all of this we invite you into the ambivalence. We invite you into the complexity knowing there are no easy answers and there is no one right way to be in the world.
Spit & Spirit Issue 9: TRUTH (POWER)
This issue is 52 pages long and features thoughtful articles, prayers, and reflective pieces, all in an elegantly designed PDF.
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Table of Contents
The First Crack // 5
What Is Truth? // 9
Does Power Corrupt? // 13
Speaking Truth To Power // 17
Heroes of Conscience // 25
A Prayer // 30
Standing In My Power // 31
Dive Deeper Into Faith // 37
God, Can I be honest? // 39
Speaking My Truth // 40
You Have Nothing To Lose // 45
What are people saying about SPIT & SPIRIT?
The writing in Spit and Spirit has a powerful prophetic voice and a compassionate pastoral presence. I read as an ally to learn from and support my queer friends, a pastor who wants to minister better to all people, and as a fellow human being wrestling through life and faith.
When I read Spit and Spirit I am moved, challenged, and encouraged. I find fellow travelers on the journey. I see my own experience through a transformative lens. The redemptive power, love, and justice of God is so clear in this ministry. God’s work is being done here, folks! It’s very exciting to see.
Rev. Kristen “Jo” Nivling
Spit and Spirit is like a warm blanket, a kiss from a lover, a hug from a friend, and a shove off the plank into a sea of gratitude. It broadens the definitions and labels we place on ourselves in the queer community and I am so glad it exists.
I’d just like to say that I absolutely love this first magazine. I love that it makes being queer central and tells stories of people who wouldn’t change that part of themselves. I love that it includes an atheist. I love that it doesn’t just say “I went through the shadow of doubt, but now I love Jesus more” but instead tells the story of people who went in other ways. These different stories struck me as honest without trying to manipulate. And they spoke truth to my experience.
So thank you. I look forward to what comes next.