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Lenten Fasting

March 8, 2019

For more than 10 years, Kimball Avenue Church in Chicago (my home church) has committed to a collective fast for justice. Historically, I have joined in on their fasting, but as those years have passed, their fasting has become necessarily hyper local, battling for the needs of their neighbors in close proximity to the church itself. Some recent battles fought include funding for a local mental health facility, fighting homelessness and hunger, and working with local church leaders to form a more cohesive message and path for social justice-minded churches. The church posted the following information recently about the 2019 Lenten Fast:

This year, our Lenten emphasis will include not only a fast, but a feast. We’re fasting from Individualism,’ and the pre-occupation with me and mine’ without regard for others. And we’re feasting for Communalism’, recognizing our need for one another and the importance of taking care of each other. We especially recognize God’s command to take special care of those who are most vulnerable and at risk for abuse.

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Outer Inner Monologuing

December 29, 2018

I said to my wife recently, I’m glad you appreciate my outer inner monologue.” Which was to say, I talk a lot. I think through things, especially the existential things out loud. It’s blogging with a single-person audience. My wife provides a listening ear when I need it most, when the ideas are too big to internalize.

Minimalism is one of those things; it requires airtime, especially since it also requires her to be in agreement. I don’t talk through these things to persuade her of anything, but I also talk through things with the hope that, in the end, it comes to a point. And makes said point well enough that perhaps my wife-shaped sounding board becomes an advocate.

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