Entries by Kristen Trudo

Holy Saturday: To Push Against Fear

To push against fear requires that we do the work to dismantle the systems around us: the ones that require the exploitation of some in order to guarantee the security of others. It means building bridges where others are attempting to erect walls.

Day 10: The Legacy of the Auction Block

Jesus illustrates that words without action are the height of hypocrisy (Mt. 5:20-6). Action is white folks living in a way that prioritizes black and brown lives over their feelings of white guilt or shame or fear.

Black Lives Matter: A Reprise

I wonder about the Church’s collective inaction and silence, in response to this pillaging of black bodies. I wonder how it drifted from the message of this revolutionary Jesus: challenging the corruption of his society; flipping tables in anger at misplaced priorities; traveling, on foot, to the margins, rather than ever suggesting that the marginalized, in their despair, should somehow find him. Consistently affirming that their lives mattered. The poor, the afflicted, the hungry—he was specific, because the system around him was constructed to deny the value of those specific lives.