memory works – remembering well


What do we recall? What do we remember? How do we remember? Will remembering release or will it be restrictive? Whose narratives are given agency in our memorializing? What are in our archives (including the cultural ones we carry around) in our remembering? What is our duty to and for memory that tell whole stories? How does remembering give agency to the multiplicity of experiences we embody?

honours – empire – shitstem


Who from Britain’s former colonies or those whose ancestors felt the brunt of British Empire (including the ongoing legacies of empire) would want to have ‘empire behind their name (as an honour)? I am referring to the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours. It would seem many would, though there is quite a long list from all…

a sustaining spirituality


What is a current question pre-occupying churches during this time of a pandemic? Our answer may vary depending on context(s), on the ground realities, and maybe what you are looking for from the response of churches. Very recently, my attention was drawn to a blog post by a colleague who identified what he termed a…

behind words – empire’s grammar


The grammar of empire is all around us as, words and languages continue to serve as instruments of domination, even more so amid a pandemic. The next time you turn to your Oxford Dictionary or the Thesaurus on your Microsoft word document remember this insight from John Agard: “I ent have no gun/I ent have…

pandemic – deeper sickness – antibodies


We are all looking for a respite from the current pandemic. A pandemic as this one exposes the stark reality of our limitations (as humans) that not even artificial intelligence seems able to currently rescue. What seems to be working is the more resilient practice we seem to have given up on: that of collective…

foot washing – love in the time of corona virus


“The only regret I will have in dying is if it is not for love.”  [G. García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera] Perhaps you have visited one of the many salons to get your ‘feet done’ – a relaxing feet massage and pedicure, the full works. The essentials always interest me – latex…

hope in desperate times


“What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps [humans] to rise above themselves.” ― Albert Camus, The Plague This is not the time to give in to fear, anxiety and despair – though the evidence all around may lead to all these emotions and feeling. Word from the…

resistance culture


On October 13, I joined the temple du Mazet for worship. The congregation of Mazet is part of the Consistoire de la Montagne of the United Protestant Church of France. This Consistoire is part of the Huguenot family noted for their resistance culture against Catholic persecution, but especially that of saving thousands of Jewish children…