i am here

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i am here

The Color Purple is a book, movie and musical that relates the story of a courageous woman, Celie, who overcomes adversity and violence. It is a story of her blossoming through the reclaiming of her body, voice, ability, past, future, family and relationship with G-d on her own terms. Celie’s journey is one of living into her bold statement, which she says at the end of this clip, “I’m here!”

Certain circles within church and society, much like Mister, try to break us with messages that we are not good enough because we are too much this or too little that. However, like Celie, we need to remember and re-member who we are – taking back and owning our power so that we too can proclaim, “I’m here!” How to do this is a message journey many of us are still figuring out – but one thing that experience has taught me is that we can’t do it alone.

Who are the people who help you embrace your inner Celie? What would your Celie moment look like? What would you boldly proclaim to the world?

Other questions for the spiritual journey at Sunshine Faith

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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