Entries by Kristen Trudo

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.

Day 28: An Intolerance for Waiting

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. writes passionately about the myth of time.

“I guess it is easy for [the privileged] to say, ‘Wait,’” he writes. “But when you are forever fighting a denigrating sense of ‘nobodiness’ then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and [people] are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice . . .”