Author: Tricia Gates Brown

Taking A Place at the Back of the Line

“If equity is to emerge in the way Jesus envisioned it, those of us who are “the first,” who occupy privileged positions at the front of the line, will have to give things up. In a big way.”

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Even the Right Path can Lead through Darkness

“Surely it is not a naïve faith that says everything is going to be as we would like. It says: no matter what happens, no matter how long the trek through the valley of the shadow of death, I will have the one thing I cannot live without. That is, union with the Great Spirit. And as long as that abiding, that connection remains, I won’t only survive, I will be well in my depths.”

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Letting Story Shape You

“We need to listen to certain stories again and again, whether those from our religious traditions, from our cultural traditions (oral traditions or folk tales), or even from the corpus of Shakespeare or Toni Morrison or Star Wars, if preferred. We need to pick a tradition we admire, and then let it work through us. Story is somehow essential, somehow part of the warp and weft of the universe, part of our God-nature.”

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Boundary-less Belonging

“Because identity is so critical for our lives—because it gives us the power to “do what needs to be done,” people grasp at a false sense of belonging, grasping for a sense of identity that empowers them and makes them feel safe. People go to “race” and nation in their quest for identity.”

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Known By Its Fruit

“The fact is, the US has received barely a trickle of the world’s refugees and asylums seekers in past months, whereas our friends in other countries have put our so-called Christian nation to shame with hospitality and compassion, albeit imperfectly.”

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Those Who Have, Receive More

“What we dwell on will increase, and what we refuse to indulge (negative thinking, resentment thinking, fear) will gradually lose neural-connective strength.”

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“We still operate under mega-stories telling us what it means to live a good life.”

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The First Apostle

“So if not a formerly demon-possessed, reformed prostitute, who was this woman who according to near unanimous New Testament tradition was at the cross, witness to Jesus’ burial, and the first witness to the resurrection?”

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