February 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
First, I’d like to apologize to the faithful few who read this blog for my lack of updates and posts. Since my last post in January, a lot has gone on: Sarah and I moved; I took a 3-week intensive class; I went on a road trip; I started a new semester; and lastly, I got sick.
Life as I’ve come to know it here is back on track and I’ve settled back down into a more “normal” routine. If you’d like to see some pics of the new place, we recently had a friend visit and she posted a few on her blog. Check them out here: Fashion and Tea
Shout out to Crystal Yuan: Happy Birthday and thanks for reminding me to update this blog.
Discursive Thoughts On My “Race” « Read the rest of this entry »
January 13, 2012 § Leave a Comment
December 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
It’s been a minute since my last post. Here’s a brief update on what’s been going on.
FILLING MY HEAD WITH
- Watching: Cave of Forgotten Dreams; La Blogotheque’s take away shows: Saul Williams (I thought he was dead), Aloe Blacc, and Femi Kuti are good ones; Hesher.
- Reading before I start classes again: The New Jim Crow (a scary read), Jesus and the Disinherited (a good read), Discovering Girard (an eye-opening read), and Blessed are the Organized (an inspiring read)
- Listening: I haven’t been listening to much music lately. I need some new stuff. All recommendations welcome.
- Princeton Theological Seminary: I just want to know when we move…
- Weather: I have long hair. I also have big ears. The problem is this: Since I have long hair, I can’t wear a beanie. This means that my ears are very very cold–all the time. No, I will not wear ear muffs.
- New Friends: I’ve made good friends here. This has saved my sanity and life.
- Free Mumia: The December 9th event was good for my soul. Kenda Creasy Dean, at our convocation ceremony, reminded us seminarians that we are doing what we are doing because lives are at stake. I’m not sure she had Mumia in mind, but the event drove home the point for me.
- The Dude Abides: We (that is, Sarah and myself) like to have people over. We’ve been lucky enough to have two successful parties at our apartment. Good times, indeed.
- Visitors: We’ve had a lot of people drop by from various places to stay at our apartment. It’s been busy, but well worth it.
- If we ever do get a move in date, we’ll have a two bedroom. That means if you choose to visit and stay with us, you don’t have to sleep on the floor! Jersey anyone?
December 9, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I’m almost 30; I like to stress the almost. For 29 years and some months I’ve gone about pursuing, in various ways and to various degrees, those things that give life, the things that give meaning to my life and enable me to share that life ‘the other.’ I’ve done so with privilege and in freedom. I am almost 30.
“Don’t tell me about the valley of the shadow of death. I live there…I and some seventy-eight other men spend about twenty-two hours a day in six by ten-foot cells. The additional two hours may be spent outdoors, in a chain-link-fenced box, ringed by concertina razor wire, under the gaze of gun turrets.
–Mumia Abu-Jamal “Live from Death Row” « Read the rest of this entry »
November 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment
One of the hardest things about leaving for PTS was leaving OCCEC, our church. I’ve never really “church-shopped” before and wasn’t sure about how to go about choosing a new church. Luckily we stumbled upon a gem out here. Meet our new church: Kingston United Methodist Church
This is a good place with good people and we hope to commit what time we have to KUMC for the rest of our stay while at PTS.
November 16, 2011 § Leave a Comment
November 6, 2011 § 4 Comments
Last Thursday I had the privilege of joining the gathered 99% at #OWS. It was good to see so many people dedicated to standing up and speaking truth to power. I have to write my first seminary paper soon and, right now, I’m leaning toward a critique of capitalism. My critique: Capitalism is de-humanizing.
This is why I’m at PTS. I want to develop the theological sight and language to help my fellow sisters and brothers of the Body of Christ dig the Church out of some of the shit we’re so deeply rooted in that we don’t even see it. I pray that I do not forget. I pray that I’d be given eyes to see and an eloquence to convey.
Here’s a great reflection on #OWS from a fellow seminarian who I joined on the trip to NYC (you should follow his blog!): The Kenosis: My Time Occupying Wall Street