To My Facebook Friends (and the other ones too),
This is not 'insider baseball talk.' That is a popular national pastime which involves paying a high ticket price to watch men play a game. Games are fun. For me baseball isn't fun and this isn't about baseball.
My institutional faith is in ideological conflict and emotional crisis right now. It is all about how who we are to function now based on the complacency, errors and sins of our own past. We have been thrust into confronting the institutional delivery system of a faith that claims a radical spirit of inclusive and empowering love for all.
It is not a new conversation when an institution and the leaders of that institution are called to reflect on and be true to their own sources of accountability and authority.
It is not an original conversation when an institution and the leaders of that institution are called to examine how their own tradition propagates an elite class that maintains power and control over expressions and acts that faith.
This is not the first time a promise of “trickle down” economics is another delay tactic that solidifies the suppression of those who have not, are not, and could never have been at the table of prophetic voices who call the people to radical love and justice and teach what that looks like.
Change takes time, we remind each other. How long?
Patience, we say. How much?
Does your faith or institution fall short of living into its full promise?