A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because … Continue reading A Pondering: The middle ground is not sacred

A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I've been reflecting recently on how the language of "mission" (so often used in the Christian community in the context of helping the "less fortunate") feeds into the colonial narrative of White Savourism. It seems to me that it feeds this idea that "we" - church, community, … Continue reading A Pondering: Does the language of “mission” contribute to White Supremacy in the Church? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I got a lot of liberal and progressive friends (and I love ye'all) 👊 but, when i hear voices from the white progressive space who name Christianity as no more than a tool of white supremacy and white Imperialism, I hear white supremacy and the erasure of … Continue reading A Pondering: Do white critiques of Christianity erase the voices of our whānau of colour? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #40: The Sin of Sodom: The Poison of Patriarchy

Reading: Genesis 18-23 I, perhaps like yourself, was taught that the sin of Sodom was that the men in the town were gay.  Reading this passage today I wondered how I ever accepted that interpretation. This story is about a group of people that have become so dehumanized that they attempt to rape and brutalize … Continue reading Reflection #40: The Sin of Sodom: The Poison of Patriarchy

Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reading: Genesis 17 "... I will give the entire land to you.... where you now live as a foreigner.... it will be (your descendants) special possession..." It's hard not to read about land in Aotearoa and not reflect on how our ancestors have fought and contested over the whenua. My ancestors read these texts and … Continue reading Reflection: #39 Abraham the Father of colonization / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #38: Abram’s oppression and Hagar’s Liberation

Genesis 11-16 It is hard not to feel uncomfortable by the way women are spoken about and treated within this text. Sarai is reduced by Pharaoh to her beauty, she is used by Abram to gain power and security. Women are mentioned alongside property as the possessions returned to Lot after he is rescued, and … Continue reading Reflection #38: Abram’s oppression and Hagar’s Liberation

Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

A few months ago I was speaking with a friend who - though is not someone who identifies as a Christian herself - loved the liberating message within Jesus' teachings. She spoke about her early memories of being in church as a child and hearing about this Jesus who spoke about giving to the poor, … Continue reading Reflection #34: The God of the Old Testament can seem like an oppressive tyrant. Should we ditch Them?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P12: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin. Is it time to put this phrase to bed?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here As we’re wrapping up, I just want to address one phrase that is often used in … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P12: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin. Is it time to put this phrase to bed?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P11: We’ve formed relationships, what next?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here After, a period of listening, learning, and loving, the natural question which will arise is, what … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P11: We’ve formed relationships, what next?

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P9: Is it possible to have unity, within diversity?

*note, this piece is part of an ongoing series. The conversation in this blog builds directly upon the conversation prior. If you’re just joining this korero, I would encourage you to start with part one, which you can find here Unity within diversity As I’ve engaged in this korero one thing that has become explicitly clear to … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P9: Is it possible to have unity, within diversity?

Reflection #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 16-18 The story of the First Followers is the story of an oppressed and marginalized group on the edge of society. Beaten, imprisoned, excluded, they seek to carve out space and meaning for their new community. They join with the Divine in Her work of Liberation, they are released from … Continue reading Reflection #32: Ihu Karaiti the Liberator / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 10-15 I grew up with a faith that was filled with boundaries, we often discussed, and agonized over who was in and who was out. People who swore, got drunk, went to night clubs, were on shaky ground. Muslims, atheists, liberal Christians (#AnyOneWhoWasntAsConservativeAsMe) and of course, Gay people, were out … Continue reading Reflection #31: So Many Boundaries, Can Anyone Get In? / A.J. Hendry

Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

Reading: The Book of Acts 8-9 What sort of Love would prompt you to sacrifice your life? The Early Followers of the Way were willing to die for an idea, the idea, that the Divine dream was becoming reality in this world, that She had sent Her Son to enter into the messiness of our … Continue reading Reflection #30: Social Transformation’s possible, its just going to cost us

Reflection #28: Come, Let Us Dream the Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 4 "They felt that what was there's was not their own... they shared everything they had... their was no needy people amoung them..." I'm exhausted, and that's the truth. I struggle, with the church, with what it could be, with what it is. We talk a good game, about justice, … Continue reading Reflection #28: Come, Let Us Dream the Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reflection 26: Dreaming The Dream / A.J. Hendry

Reading: The Book of Acts 2 This chapter is one of those that continually captures my imagination. In it I get a glimpse of what the Divine Dream might look like, the Kingdom, the alternative society growing out of the heart of the Empire. They shared everything they had, they sold their possessions, and looked … Continue reading Reflection 26: Dreaming The Dream / A.J. Hendry