Questions Worth Cursing: What Our Editors Are Reading
My favorite conversation our magazine has ever published is from Associate Editor Da’Shawn Mosley maintenance with preacher, intergenerational mentor and civil rights activist Ruby Sales. And it’s not just because Sales slipped a few curse words into Sojo’s largely MLS pages (there’s a certain mischievous pleasure in hearing a preacher’s curse). Mainly, I loved the questions Sales asked Mosley as she urged him to imagine himself and his art outside the paradigms of whiteness and capitalism:
“What does it mean to exist in a militarized state designed to protect the interests of a global elite and decimate our ability to resist and even think critically about the world we live in? Where is God in all of this? And this big one: “What does it mean to look at yourself through the gaze of your own history?”
I’m not going to try to answer any of these questions here; that would far exceed my word count. But I’ll ask a few more, informed by the articles our editors read this week:
How? ‘Or’ What does our understanding of “the soul” change based on our cultural background? How much of our self-esteem is wrapped up in our work? And How can are we destroying the false binary science and spirituality?
Feel free to use these light and airy questions for your Friday night date or virtual happy hour.
2. Making Muffins and Troops for Spiritual Warfare: Instagram’s Divine Women
“Motherhood is at the heart of many nationalist ideologies, because the future of the nation depends on a mythical identity that must be passed on from generation to generation. The rhetoric of white Christian nationalism is no different. Mothers raise up the army of God. Instagram is their album. By Aimee Chor via Religion Dispatches.
3. “My God, help me earn some money so I can pay off my student loans. “
“For many seminarians, they had to make a decision between paying their seminary debt and dealing with their health issues. ” By Curtis Yee via sojo.net.
4. Pixar is confused Soul
The most glaring artistic mistake in Soul is his misunderstanding – his elision, really – of what the soul means to black culture. By Namwali Serpell via The New Yorker.
5. Can religious leaders’ vaccine selfies restore public trust?
“God made science and God made scientists, so believers can use science and scientists to improve their lives. ” By Stéphanie Russell-Kraft via sojo.net.
6. Bison are back
More than 100 years after illegally taking land on the Flathead Reserve, the federal government returned the lands and management of the bison to the tribes. By Mary Annette Pember via Indian Country Today.
7. “Safely open the doors of our sanctuary churches,” urge members of Congress to ask Biden
The letter urged the president to ensure that immigrants who take refuge in places of worship are protected from deportation. By Mitchell Atencio via sojo.net.
8. You don’t have to like your job
Convince people that they are doing something they love, and how can they demand better working conditions? By Jonathan Malesic via The New Republic.
9. How Parler played with the fear of censorship of conservative Christians
Although Parler has been suspended, the appeal of alternative social media sites remains. By Lexi McMenamin via sojo.net.
ten. 60 days later, biggest protest by Indian farmers shows no signs of abating
There are currently an estimated 300,000 farmers protesting in Singhu, which has now turned into a tent city. By Stella Paul via Inter Press Service.