‘the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.’

— rev. dr. martin luther king, jr.

good news.

mjkimpan  —  September 7, 2016 — 2 Comments

megaphone

good news, everybody!

the good news is… you’re good.

and it gets even better – despite what you may have heard – rumors; word on the street; popular belief; folklore…whatever ::

God is for us. all of us.

it seems as we approach Scripture withIn our own faith traditions and narratives, we far too often fall into the trap of staying stuck in a primitive and archaic understanding of who God is.

we build our beliefs on the backs of the beliefs of our tribal ancestors, rather than allowing the bigness and goodness of God to grow and mature and expand within (and even beyond) the story of the man jesus – who in the incarnation gave us an example of what God would act like if he were to appear in the flesh… and then told us we could do better.  Continue Reading…

believe the better.

#ImWithHer

mjkimpan  —  July 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

lovetrumps

 

after senator bernie sanders appeared with presumptive democratic presidential nominee secretary clinton in new hampshire yesterday morning announcing he was supporting her candidacy for president, i posted the transcript of his endorsement speech on my Facebook page.

as was evidenced in the comments and private conversations i’ve had with friends, it seems some former bernie supporters have struggled with the idea of voting for anyone other than bernie.

many voiced their disappointment in him for ’selling out just like every other politician,’ as a result of his endorsement of hillary.  Continue Reading…

‘our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.’

— thomas merton

listenwithlove

 

in the wake of the past week, i and many of my friends and co-workers are all stretched to capacity in our efforts to appropriately grieve and mourn for the innocent lives lost in orlando. at the same time we’re picking up the pieces in our own lives and local communities, we acknowledge there are countless individuals within the broader LGBTQ community around the nation who are in need of support, pastoral and spiritual care, mental health and community services, or just a listening ear.

that’s why some friends and colleagues have come together to respond to these needs and offer our resources and services through the Will Listen With Love project. Continue Reading…

‘True resistance begins with people confronting pain… and wanting to do something to change it.’

— bell hooks

choose Love.

mjkimpan  —  June 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

chooselove

there is so much to say, and yet mere words are inefficient. hollow. empty.

speaking of solidarity without concrete action is meaningless.

the past 72 hours have been tremendously disturbing to many people of various shades and stripes – some resorting to polarized rhetoric in an attempt to find a common enemy, with others believing we’re better together.

news of the horrific orlando attack has triggered a response in all of us –  anger, sadness, loss, anxiety, even hatred – which, one friend rightly says, is but a pawn of the emotion of fear.

in my neighborhood, each of these emotions – and more – are palpable. as prejudice and violence do to any community caught in their crosshairs, my LGBTQ friends and neighbors are grappling with the implications of such bad news, and pause to consider their own safety at our own bars and nightclubs a few days before our own Pride Parade on our own streets.

in our own neighborhood.

and yet, even here in Boystown, in the midst of the grieving and mourning and vigils to show solidarity and provide support, there is a message that is being repeated over. and over. and over.

it isn’t a message of fear, or hatred, or even sadness.

it’s a message of Love.

Continue Reading…

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

— archbishop desmond tutu

pulse.

mjkimpan  —  June 13, 2016 — Leave a comment

pulse

 

standing in solidarity…

for a more lengthy response, check out my friend matthew vines’ words at Time here.