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At a conference in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King stated:  “Burnout is a surrender… We have just so much strength in us.  If we give and give, we have less and less and less–and after a while, a certain point, we’re so weak and worn, we hoist up the flag of surrender.  We surrender to the worst side of ourselves,…

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SACRED FEMININE: AROUND THE TABLE

As we conclude this series on the divine feminine, the Open Table wanted to take an opportunity to let everyone delve deeper into the major themes covered throughout. For this evening, people at the gathering chose one major theme and take a second look in roundtable discussions. Various leaders within our community took the helm and facilitated these conversations. Choices…

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RACISM, FEMINISM & LIBERATION

For our series on the Sacred Feminine, we knew we needed to make space to talk about feminism, and how racism shows up within it. One biblical story offered us a lens through which to consider our topic. The Genesis story of Sarah and Hagar shows two women struggling under the patriarchal system of the ancient Jewish tribes. Sarah, wife…

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SUBVERSIVE FEMININE

#listentoblackwomen #reclaimingourspace #reclaimingourtime “Well behaved women rarely make history.” The same seems to be true for Biblical history as well. Biblical women, starting with Eve, rarely fit the meek and mild definition that patriarchal standards put forth. The Open Table, as part of the Sacred Feminine series, looked at the ways women have subverted patriarchal structures. The Open Table turned…

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NATIVE ECOLOGY

There are times in the Open Table when a reflection does not come close to capturing the essence of the evening much less offer something that is close to the depth of the live experience.  This reflection will be one that falls into that category. Alex Kimball Williams joined the Open Table to explore aspects of First Nation or Native…

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MASCULINITY: ANOTHER WAY

The Gospel of John tells the story of Jesus sitting in the temple courts when a woman was brought to him by strict followers of the law. They accused her of adultery and demanded that she be stoned in accordance with the law of the time. Jesus wrote something on the ground and then said, “You who are sinless cast…

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