Granting Grace in Social Justice Conversations

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What is Grace? For Christians, the idea of grace is that God loves you and forgives you even when you have screwed up really badly. Merriam-Webster describes grace as “free and unmerited”. That means that you don’t deserve grace, it’s given to you. A gift. Not a gift with strings. Not a gift with an attached yabbut. A freely given gift. God (or Goddess, or higher power, or Fate, or whatever floats your boat) isn’t the only being that can grant grace. Dogs are excellent at it. Better than humans, actually. When a dog loves you, she loves you completely.…

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Questioning: The Personal is Political

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“Questioning” (“Participating”, “Noodling”) is a regular feature of this website asking a question, inviting people to participate in an experience, positing an idea, or in some other way encouraging people to “join the dance”. I’ve done this in the past as well. I highly encourage you to pass this around to your friends and family and get the conversation started. How ‘the personal is political’ applies to me: Unlike most of my extended family, both biological and through marriage, I am an unabashed liberal, feminist, anti-racist, pro marriage equality advocate for poverty elimination and the rule of law. My mother was…

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Today’s Dance: The Fun and Frustration of Participating in Flame Wars

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We’ve all done it. At least, I’ve done it. Gotten on the internet, disagreed with someone, and stayed on that site or forum or app for hours or even days waiting impatiently for every post of those who disagree with you, with warring anxiety and glee, planning what you’re going to say next. Flame wars. Gotta love them. Or not. People get passionate about ideas, and different ideas spark different passions for different people. With ready access to a way to have a (more or less) public discussion about ideas that are valuable to them, in the internet era thousands…

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What Effect will Sequestration Have on You?

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President Obama signed the order last night that officially began ‘sequestration’, an automatic ‘across the board’ cut in government programs with no evaluation of which programs are more or less valuable, which programs are more or less efficient, and no evaluation of which programs actually could use more, and not less, funding. The sequestration came about because Congress, specifically the Republicans in Congress, spent over a year absolutely refusing to compromise on ways to balance the budget, specifically closing tax loopholes and/or raising taxes on large corporations and the wealthiest taxpayers. I ran to my keyboard this morning (I was…

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Today’s Dance: Personal Politics (Dedicated to Friends and Family who Disagree)

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In the workplace, we are told, and in polite company, ‘some topics’ should not be brought up. This often includes sex, personal politics, and religion, and often money as well. To me, these are some of the more important and interesting topics available to human beings, but I also understand the concerns of those who think that these discussions should be situational. I have two family members related by blood who have unfriended me over personal politics on Facebook. I have several extended family members of the in-law and by blood variety who choose not to engage with me over…

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‘Low Information Voters’: Euphemism and Truth

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View image | gettyimages.com Every day in my day job I run into a lot of ‘low information voters’, people who ‘aren’t political’ who ask me my opinion of this candidate or that one, or this policy or that one. Many of those people work backbreaking jobs, or juggle the monumental tasks of surviving while impoverished, or deal with the day in and day out grind of disability. Just because they ask my opinion doesn’t mean that they have any intention of agreeing with me, as most of them are fully aware that I’m ‘left of Lennon’, a left lefty…

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