So! There is a lot I still need to write about the last year, in particular the cancer-related deaths of two of my professors over the summer, and the armed robbery that Sarah, my parents, and I were victims of in November. But it will have to wait! I recently returned from a class in Rome, Italy, and for my final project I committed to write in this blog about my experiences, and share some of the photographs I took. From this moment forward (until Friday morning), Rome! Rome if you want to, without anything but the love we feel!
This is a cross-posting of a comment I left on peacebang.com's recent post about my school, Starr King School for the Ministry. PeaceBang, who is apparently a UU Minister in the Northeast, posted a few days ago an item about my school's supposed "banning" of the term, "brown bag lunch," because of the racialized connotations of brown bags.* Her post was, to my reading, haughty and dismissive, and she seemed awfully pleased with her own wit and ability to take cheap shots at others with little to no basis for her opinions. I think the comments for that post are up to 40, and it's a pretty lively back and forth. So, here is my contribution: "This may not be the ideal forum for “deep, serious conversation,” but one of the cornerstones of Educating to Counter Oppression is the importance of having deep, serious conversations wherever they happen. The status quo of “waiting for the right moment or forum” to engage with these issues too often leads t