Sex, God, & Politics… Let’s talk about it all.
Over the last few weeks I've been bracing myself as I wake up every morning, fearing what overwhelming and violent stories are going to emerge in the news. The mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The devastating terrorist attacks in Baghdad and, most recently, Nice. The ongoing war and refugee crisis in Syria. Brexit leaving our geopolitical and global economic structures in an unprecedented unknown.
The brutal and unnecessary killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castille in Minnesota. The horrific killing of five police officers at a protest in Dallas, followed by another three murdered in Baton Rouge. The attempted coup in Turkey that left 265 people dead in one night. And the political circus that is in full technicolor here in the U.S. (pushing every single one of my buttons).
These world events are overwhelming. Some of them are infuriating. Some of them are terrifying.
I've felt all of these feelings. But I've been spending time with another reality, too.
We are at no greater risk as human beings than we've ever been.
Disease, famine, war, natural disaster have all been mighty threats to humanity throughout our time on earth.
Here we are today confronting modern day threats that are no greater than the turmoils we've faced throughout human history.
One critical thing that has changed, is this:
You, and I, and every woman that is reading these words have more rights, power, authority, and ability to create substantive change in the world than we've ever had before.
We, the women of the world, have rights, resources, education, and VOICES that are HEARD in a way that our sisters of the past did not (and many women around the world today still do not).
And with this power we have the opportunity and responsibility to create change and healing in the world -- change and healing that are urgently needed.
Over the next week I'm going to open myself up and share with you my humble, devoted seeking. My prayers and hopes and dreams for humanity. My activist spirit that I can't hold back any longer.
What I'll be sharing over the next week may or may not sit well with you. But I want you to know that I share this with the deep intention of speaking up and taking a stand for safety, justice, and freedom for all.
I share this in solidarity with all Mamas on a Mission (that includes you) because our voices, leadership and change work are so desperately needed.
As Cornel West says, "Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."
And you can't separate the political from the personal. I believe that you and I are here to create a legacy of love and justice for our human family, from the private sphere of home to the public sphere of our communities.
Your legacy of love won't look like mine, or anyone else's. Your legacy doesn't have to be overwhelming or feel too big to hold.
I believe that if you simply give yourself permission to be in the fullness of who you really are, that you're doing your part to help heal our planet. That's where the magic is.
Even if you don’t agree with everything I’m about to say, please know that I believe you are a Mama on a Mission. I believe it's your birthright to awaken the power that's within you.
Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom raising the next generation, an activist, educator, scientist, conscious entrepreneur, corporate visionary, or creative of any kind, your perspective and impact are part of a larger movement of women taking a stand for healing, peace, and justice on this planet.
So, yes... Sex, God, and Politics. I'm going to share my reflections on these things in a series of blog posts over the next week -- bridging the political and the personal because justice is what love looks like in public.
Glennon Doyle Melton recently shared on her blog, Momastery, how she defines what she calls a "Love Warrior." She wrote:
"The Love Warrior reaches beyond her fear and her prejudice and her family and home and pain and perspective and neighborhood and borders and race and religion and ability and gender identity and sexuality to embrace the 'other.'"
This woman speaks my language and I join her in her mission to unite feminine leadership, in all of its forms, to bring the healing that's so desperately needed on our planet at this time.
You'll be hearing more from me in the coming days on the themes of Sex, Politics, and God.
And I'll tell you right now, that all I'm sharing comes from the activist and Love Warrior within me that wants to support, uplift, and embolden the leader and change maker within you.
With warmth & light,