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Decolonizing faith and spirituality. Dismantling oppression and toxic theology. 🇨🇴 M.Min. Podcast host of The Living Room podcast. She/They
Jun 28 24 tweets 5 min read
I am not an expert on witch trials but I am somewhat an expert on Christian theology as a weapon of oppression.

So let me try to explain why human suffering, especially human suffering of those marginalized, doesn’t matter to many Christians.

1/ Christian theology to justify oppression and as a weapon of control has existed since Theodosius I in the 4th century.

While Constantine legitimized Christianity, Theodosius I was the first to issue an edict that made Roman law to define what religious orthodoxy is.

May 3 17 tweets 3 min read
Abortion will never stop existing. The data is there. Abortion is a medical procedure that saves lives. People trying to make it illegal know abortion will never stop existing, they’ll make it inaccesible and they don’t care since they’ll always have access anyway.

From what I’ve seen they are interested in two things:

1- Unifying the right over a single voter issue they can be outraged about without the voices of the ones they are “saving” telling them this isn’t needed. Fetuses can’t speak.

2- Controlling people with uteruses.

Apr 24 5 tweets 2 min read
Until we learn to see accountability as a gift and not punishment, we won’t have abolition and therefore we won’t have liberation.

What’s sad is not accountability and consequences, instead it would be tragic for people to never be held accountable for harm caused.

1/ Love is showing people the bruises they cause so that they never do it again (hopefully), love is telling them so we can set appropriate boundaries with them (“if you do that again we can’t be in relationship”), love is caring enough to point them toward their blind spots.

Feb 11 4 tweets 1 min read
Hating the Bible because of the white supremacist theology and history you are exclusively acquainted with, is racist.

Reducing all of the Bible to the white perspective you were given and believing that’s the only way to view it, is racist.

Demanding all people reject the Bible without having studied Jewish theology, Black theology, womanist theology, and other theologies from the margins, is bigotry.

Ignoring the histories of how the Bible has played a role in the liberation of many people, is pitiful.

Feb 9 9 tweets 2 min read
When Christians tell me God is disappointed in me, or that *he* rejects me in any way; all I hear is “I am ashamed of parts of me that I hide so that others will love me, and I’m projecting that onto you and calling it God, because that’s what has been done to me.”

The divinity I partner with holds no judgement for anybody, like the trees growing around us and the rivers flowing through the land; divinity observes, nourishes, regulates, and simply is.

Now if you are disappointed in me, you could just say that. I would inform you that 2/
Dec 27, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
I grew up in a family that made Christmas a big deal, it was great.

Until the last few years I had never considered how incredibly loud Christmas is for anybody who doesn’t celebrate. It’s screaming at you everywhere, all the time, from all directions.

For months!

Christmas is in the spotlight at ALL times, so loudly, so abrasively; it has felt rather violating as I’ve made an effort to notice. But what’s wildest has been hearing ANYBODY say there is a war on this roaring, capitalistic, religious holiday.

The boldness!

Dec 3, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Someone asked me what is better for the children if adoption is not an alternative to abortion. I wanted to share my response here.

For us to care enough about people who can get pregnant that we offer ALL people comprehensive sex education age appropriately obviously.

For us to care enough about people who can get pregnant that we dismantle the patriarchy so the bodies of women and non-binary folks aren’t commodified and treated as though we are here to serve men’s sexual desires.

Nov 6, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
I have been thinking about the thin line between navigating our trauma however we have to; and our trauma being the reason we justify harm against others.

The thin line between accountability and tone policing.

The thin line between justified anger, and flat out violence.

The thin line between moving away from oppression and becoming the oppressor.

The thin line between nitpicking and calling people in.

The thin line between pointing to harm and dehumanizing those who’ve caused it.

The thin line between genuine care and virtue signaling.

Sep 22, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
White supremacy and capitalism see value in Black and Brown bodies so long as we can be exploited and something can be extracted from us.

Haitian adult Black immigrants aren’t valuable, Haitian adopted Black children are. One can’t be exploited, nothing can be extracted.

Black people were demanded to reproduce when slavery was legal (by that name, cause it still is legal), Native people were subjected to forced sterilizations. One could be exploited, labor extracted from them. The other were a “nuisance” for these systems to flourish.

Sep 21, 2021 11 tweets 2 min read
Stop bringing race into everything say the people whose ancestors created the construct of race with false science and toxic theology, for the purpose of justifying the dehumanization of Black people and Native people everywhere around the world.

Stop bringing race into everything say the people whose ancestors decided Black people couldn’t own land and Native folks had to have the land stolen from them because they “couldn’t be trusted with it.” Something that still affects us all today.

Sep 20, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
For those who still find some redemptive beauty in christian narratives and ideas, and because people are rebranding purity culture as holiness and selling books on it 🥴.

A thread on holiness, weapons of oppression, and tools of liberation: Holiness isn’t about performing to fit into a narrative. It isn’t prescriptive and conformist. It is about being set apart, sacred, conscious.

Set apart ≠ different from “them.”
Set apart = uniquely you.
Set apart ≠ superior or better than.
Set apart = embodying “I am.”

Sep 19, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
Using a marginalized identity to deflect from a genuine question, is a way to weaponize marginalization. It actually harms other people who are in your same marginalized group. Yes women are unfairly demanded to show qualifications AND yours, in this case, sure matter!

1/ Moreover this is a common tactic of those who are just one degree separated from societal power; namely white cis hetero women, and cis hetero men of color. Having one marginalized identity doesn’t mean you are immune from causing harm when you step out of your lane.

Sep 17, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Being incessantly told that relationships, romantic and otherwise, are hard; is a type of grooming.

Relationships aren’t intrinsically hard. What’s hard is that expectations are low for many, so there aren’t enough accountable adults that properly address harm they cause.

What’s hard is the amount of complex trauma we are under, and the lack of resources to process that trauma in healthy ways, causing us to lean into maladaptive coping mechanisms to survive. We harm others because of those coping mechanisms, not because relationships are hard.

Sep 14, 2021 25 tweets 5 min read
A long thread below on AOC and me and my experiences and what I’ve noticed and seen. Just that, my observations and experiences. Just me sharing publicly what I say privately. That is all.

On WOC and societal expectations of us and our work. A thread: I am a light skinned woman of color, a non-Black, thin, “pretty” Latina. So in many ways I identify with AOC. I am just older, not famous, and not a politician. But when I see the pushback she gets I can recognize it in many of my experiences too.

Sep 6, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
I know there is good intention behind asserting this isn’t a Christian nation, but that assertion isn’t precisely true and I really don’t think it is helpful either. The opposite, it keeps us from accurately diagnosing a lot of the problems the US has, and the US creates.

1/ When the puritans came to the new world and started establishing colonies along the pacific in what is now North America, they came looking for religious freedom. The Church of England had separated itself from the Catholic Church, partly because of the reformation, partly…

Aug 21, 2021 15 tweets 3 min read
Conspiracy theories are not uncommon inside of toxic, supremacist Christianity, they have been around for always. From beliefs of non-Christians being unable to be good, to women being witches if… they are found all through Christian history.

A few reasons I think that is:

▫️Irrational Fear and paranoia – The belief that there are supernatural evil powers that are set on destroying them so that “evil wins,” and these can attach to them, and possess non-Christians. The belief that there is a supernatural enemy who wants to devour them.

Aug 18, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Jamie doesn’t need me to jump in on this conversation. I am jumping in because Jamie contacted me and asked me to consult for her course, openly received all my feedback, and paid me for it. Do you know how many people I’ve experienced doing that? Three. Three! Three!

1/ Moreover I observe all the time, and I saw Jamie be held accountable a few years back. She leaned in, she was quiet for a bit, I vividly remember someone asked her “do you want to understand?” And she replied, I really do. And she did the work to understand. She really did.

Jul 31, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
A reminder that not all humans subject themselves to things in the Christian Bible as absolute truths without taking into account modern psychology, neurobiology, understandings of trauma, neuroscience.

Forgiveness isn’t owed to anybody, regardless of how you read the Bible. 1/ Now, if you wanted to talk about Matthew 18 let’s do it right shall we?

Matthew 18 is framed inside a conversation Jesus is having with his disciples about who the greatest is, and Jesus makes it clear, again, that the most vulnerable, children, are the greatest.

Jul 25, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
The Cosmic Christ is a beautiful notion of divinity embodied in humanity and the restoration of all things to harmony, to heaven on earth. It’s an idea Christians have flirted with for about 1900 years. It aligns with many Indigenous notions of divinity as well. It’s stunning.
That doesn’t mean, however, that we get to take that and reduce other religious traditions and their prophets to being the Christ. The idea of the Cosmic Christ is rooted in Christian narratives of the divine. Historically, Christianity has tended toward the obliteration of
Jul 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
You can not want kids, you absolutely have to respect them.
You can not want kids, saying you don’t like all kids is not ok.
You can not want kids, you absolutely have a responsibility to protect them.

It’s wild how many “woke” people say awful things about kids. Highly recommend this book:
Jun 3, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
Thank you for bringing this verse up to try to silence me. I get to educate you on what it actually says.

There are some social aspects of the city of Ephesus that led the writer of Timothy to write this. But today let’s talk about domineering authority.

1/ There are two words used in the NT to speak about authority and one of them is ONLY used here, in these verses. The word is αὐθεντέω (authenteō), again this word is nowhere else in the Christian Bible. This isn’t just authority or they would have used ἐξουσία (exousia).