Living Stories: Race, Experiences and Understanding

“We must remove our mask to call attention to white advantage. That may help us understand one another a bit better. It may bridge divides, disrupt assumptions and stereotypes that block empathy and get in the way of serious efforts to achieve our country. As it stands, we don’t really talk frankly about race. And too many people are too damn scared to say so.” … Continue reading Living Stories: Race, Experiences and Understanding

Living Stories: The L in Lesbian is for Love

Creation is not black and white, it is amazingly diverse, like a rainbow, including sexualities and a variety of non-heterosexual expressions of behaviour, affection and partnering occurring in most species, including humans. The ability to reproduce is only a small part of the creation. Before God created male and female God made an even more important statement; ‘it is not good for mankind to be … Continue reading Living Stories: The L in Lesbian is for Love

Living Stories: I Am Muslim & American

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi I identify as a Muslim American woman; the very fact that I have to state this is problematic. We don’t ask people of other backgrounds to identify as “Christian American,” or “Buddhist American.” It’s not that I mind … Continue reading Living Stories: I Am Muslim & American

Living Stories: Race and Diversity

    “Diversity is an aspect of human existence that cannot be eradicated by terrorism or war or self-consuming hatred. It can only be conquered by recognizing and claiming the wealth of values it represents for all.” ― Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays Hello I am Eugene! Growing up in a mixed community made racism more stereotypical for me … Continue reading Living Stories: Race and Diversity

Living Stories: Nigerian and Race

“…We steal with our eyes closed to the conditions in which the poor, who make our affluence possible, live. We covet what our neighbours have and want more of the same.” ― Karen Baker-Fletcher, Dancing with God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective Hello my name is Yvonne. I moved to America when I was seven years old. Before I lived in Nigeria where everyone … Continue reading Living Stories: Nigerian and Race

Living Stories: Amerindian and Race

“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ― Ben Okri The hope of this new blog series entitled Living Stories is to create a space for diverse narratives to be heard, shared, and reflected upon with the hopes of opening up human hearts to the human other in all her queerness. The contributors to this blog series come from diverse walks … Continue reading Living Stories: Amerindian and Race

Reflexión: El Camino Más Fácil y Difícil

“Perdona siempre a tus enemigos; nada les molesta tanto”. – Oscar Wilde “El débil nunca puede perdonar. El perdón es el atributo de los fuertes.” – Mahatma Gandhi, todos los hombres son hermanos: reflexiones autobiográficas “Errar es humano, perdonar es divino.” – Alexander Pope, Ensayo sobre la crítica “El perdón no es un acto de vez en cuando, es una actitud constante.” – Martin Luther … Continue reading Reflexión: El Camino Más Fácil y Difícil