Cambridge Welcoming Ministries is an open and affirming, United Methodist, progressive faith community dedicated to proclaiming the Good News of God’s love with all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight persons.

 

I know that you cannot live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living.

Harvey Milk (via shadowdays-are-over)


Writer and trans activist Janet Mock tells NBJC why she’s proud to be Black and trans! For Transgender Awareness Week, tweet your photos and testimonials @NBJContheMove with the hash tag #BlackTransProud. Or post them on our Facebook page.

Writer and trans activist Janet Mock tells NBJC why she’s proud to be Black and trans! For Transgender Awareness Week, tweet your photos and testimonials @NBJContheMove with the hash tag #BlackTransProud. Or post them on our Facebook page.

(Source: bklynboihood)

The original proposal for a day for mothers occured in 1858. Mothers’ (plural) Day was to be a day to celebrate women’s roles as community organizers and activitsts. These were women who acted on behalf of the entire generation of children, not just their own (Coontz, 1992.) Later versions also stressed that Mothers’ Day ought to be a vehicle for organized social and political action by all mothers.
But the eventual adoption of Mother’s (singular) Day by Congress in 1914 represented a reversal of everything nineteenth-century mothers’ days stood for. Politicians now made speeches linking Mother’s Day to domestic life. They repudiated mothers’ roles outside the household. Merchants hung testimonials to their own mothers in their stores, hoping to entice others to buy things for their mothers. What was once an occasion for activism and controversial causes in the community was reduced to an occasion for sales pitches and marketings, all cloaked in the image of mother as a domestic servant to her family.

Chapter 3: Gender, Marriage, and Work of Part II: Sociological Dimensions of Family Life in Sociology of Families by David Newman of DePauw University (via oftheshipisland)


Big Momma Makes the World
text by Phyllis Root, illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

A retelling of Genesis’ 7 days of Creation

Big Momma Makes the World

text by Phyllis Root, illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

A retelling of Genesis’ 7 days of Creation

i thank You God for most this amazing

howdidwegetsofaraway:

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

e. e. cummings,1950

e. e. cummings wrote to his sister Elizabeth in 1954: “if you take Someone Worth Worshipping (alias ‘God’) away from human beings, they’ll (without realizing what they’re doing) worship someone-unworthy-of-worship); e.g.; a Roosevelt or Stalin or Hitler—alias themselves.”

   In the Introduction to his Collected Poemse. e. cummings wrote (and the punctuation is his): “Life,for mostpeople,simply isn’t … What do mostpeople mean by “living”? They don’t mean living. They mean the latest and closest plural approximation to singular prenatal passivity which science,in its finite but unbounded wisdom,has succeeded in selling their wives … With you I leave a remembrance of miracles:they are by somebody who can love and who shall be continually reborn, a human being…”