....and now for something completely different.
I want to hear from you, the listener.
I want to know:
How are you doing?
How are you coping with an increasingly polarized social media landscape?
What sort of self-care or spiritual practices are you using?
I also want to hear how you are working through relationships--of any kind--where political, social, and theological disagreements have created a rift in the time leading up to and since the election. What are some examples in your life of ways you've struggled to reconcile with others, let alone reality itself?
These are open questions for me, and I don't have a great sense for the best way forward, or even if there is such a thing as a "best" way forward.
There are several reasons why I want to collect these stories. First, I'd love to collect these stories and share the compilation as part of a future episode. I think we can all benefit from the wisdom of the crowd, and from hearing a diverse set of voices. The Excommunity is much more than just me and my guests. It's all of you.
Second, the episcopal lectionary is absolutely killing it with apropos scripture. I'm recording this the week of February 5th, and today's Old Testament reading was Isaiah 58:1-12. Here is what verses 1 through 9 have to say:
If that doesn't sum up the struggle a lot of us are feeling, I don't know what does.
Finally, Felix Salmon wrote a great piece on Fusion called "Impartiality or diversity. Pick one." Here is a key quote:
I believe this. We have to understand that identity politics is politics. It takes vulnerability and courage to share our identities, but it can be rewarding as well. For many, "sharing your identify" is not even optional; it's who we are. And I think sharing your own perspective is the only way forward.
I'll be keeping this open for at least a couple of weeks. Use the hashtag #exvshare to propose and answer questions.
I welcome responses via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone. I have a Google Voice account set up to receive voicemails at 312–857–4196. If you are comfortable having your voicemail or email shared on the show, please say or write that your message is "ok to share." And of course, you can always provide feedback regarding any episode at email@example.com.