You Oughta Know - Too Much

Too Much

Unless you were living under a rock this weekend, you know that a lot happened. So much so that many were echoing my initial thought: I’ve never seen Saturday afternoon Twitter on 🔥 like this in the 10 years I’ve been using it” -Mike Rundle. While that may be true, the news cycle doesn’t stop just because many stop paying attention (and tweeting about it). This weekend was an exception, marking the end of the first week of this administration, during which the president signed six executive orders, eight memorandums, and one proclamation and gave more people than ever before a reason to be both fearful and enraged. Two things stand out the most, however: the immigration ban and the appointment of Steve Bannon (Chief Political Strategist) to the National Security Counsel, something that has never been done before to my knowledge. Dr. Drang had a couple other points about the ban that I found of interest.

The one additional thing I feel necessary to point out is that those who claim reading the original text of Executive Orders is more important than other people’s opinions of the same are naive. While the order itself may be clear in its aim or verbiage, the way an order is carried out is much more important to how it is perceived. The reason why legalese exist is to make the aim and action of an order, court or otherwise, as clear as possible to ensure no misunderstanding. If the administration chose not to be as linguistically clear about its intentions, the order itself is of less value than the ways in which affected departments are executing that order. (In this case, the word is poorly, badly, or terribly)

More Immigration Ban Readings

Getting the News

ProPublica has become one of my favorite sources for all things news related. Well-researched, forward-thinking, and nonpartisan, they are clear about their priorities and use both social media and their website to great effect in disseminating information. Of course, reading the news in not my full time job nor should it be anyone’s, give or take a few specific folks, so having a reputable news source as a go-to for any piece of information is invaluable, especially in the current climate. See the following ProPublica tweets of note:

Today’s Conundrum

Twitter (Head Amry, @LibyaLiberty): The same day the president signed the travel ban, he suggested love and tolerance for Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.