“…lest we offend them…”

New Living Translation “However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” Young’s Literal Translation “but, that we may…

Jesus, privilege, racism and sexism

It occurs to me that Jesus lived in a societal system not unlike today’s “modern” societal system because during his time in Israel, he was living in a monetary-based economic system that was dominated by racist and patriarchal mindsets. For example, the rich and powerful enjoyed class or economic privilege, the Jews had more privilege…

RIP, Megachurch

A particular megachurch that I used to go to has become a monolith. What do I mean by “monolith”? One dictionary defines it as “a large, impersonal political, corporate, or social structure regarded as indivisible and slow to change”. Gone are the days when worship songs freely came flowing from hearts of the church songwriters…

It is not about me – a reflection on social justice advocacy

When I was googling about Tim Wise to learn more about his anti-racism work, I came across one of his postsĀ  in which he was venting about being persecuted and threatened by his detractors for speaking up on behalf of people of colour who have been oppressed by white supremacy. A few fellow people of…

Guilt, shame and self-love

I have checked out the article or blog “Shame v. Guilt” by Brene Brown, and I find it helpful to distinguish between guilt and shame as guilt can be a positive motivating factor to compel a person to change and improve after having failed or made mistakes whereas shame is based on the flawed or…

Two kinds of humour

Broadly speaking, from the perspective of human rights, there are two kinds of humour or jokes: one that oppresses and one that liberates. The first kind of humour is oppressive because the jokes are made at the expense of others, especially the weak, vulnerable, discriminated, oppressed and downtrodden. Such humour might sometimes appear harmless, but…

Are all equal?

In the animal kingdom, one human perspective (possibly western colonialist) proposes that some animals occupy the higher echelons of society, and others the lower echelons. Predators are often elevated to the top of the food chain, and plankton and microbes are consigned to the bottom. Are all animals equal then? When we apply a hierarchical…

Remembering our heroes and heroines

Thich Nhat Hanh wrote that “The main thing we need to remember is that the past and the future are both in the present, and if we take hold of the present moment, then we also transform the past and the future.” Yes, I am coming to realise that when we take care of the…