may we live ella’s song

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This was one of my first posts and I wanted to reshare it.  With all of the discussions around gun violence and systemic racism; debates on who is person and who is not person; dealing with the heartbreaking reality of whose story gets told and whose doesn’t…Sweet Honey in the Rock’s anthem based on Ella Baker’s words is a reminder that “we who believe in freedom cannot rest” until all people are celebrated in their wholeness, vastness, and quirkiness.

Ella Josephine Baker, whose words and witness are captured in this song, was a civil rights leader that sought to cultivate not only her own leadership but the leadership in others in the pursuit of equality — a state of equality and justice in which all truly meant all.  Like Ms. Baker’s words, we who believe and struggle for freedom and justice cannot rest.  Though its okay to catch our breath and take care of ourselves through rest, we need to remember to get up again and keep going.  We must also be mindful that the struggle is not limited to just us but will continue and will live on after us—just like we are continuing to live Ms. Baker’s struggle.

Ms. Baker was an activist who believed that the pursuit of freedom was not limited to solely racial justice or harmony, but was also connected to the women’s movement and other civil rights struggles who sought to counter “tyranny”.  Like her, we too must realize that our struggles are interconnected—as we advocate for racial justice and harmony with our difficult voices that refuse to bow to dominant oppressive narratives, we are also advocating for access to healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS, a just legal system that supports survivors of rape rather then re-victimize them into silence, a school system that is safe for learning and thriving for LGBTQ youth, a healthcare system that heals people into wholeness rather then break their wallets and dehumanize them to copayments and insurance premiums.  Though we can’t do it all, and we are not expected to, it is important to be mindful of the rippling effect our just cause will have on other movements for equality and vice versa.   Ms. Baker said that “we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone, but for the freedom of the human spirit, a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind.”

How is your passion for justice, in whatever form it takes, enriched by other movements and how is your struggle enriching others?  What is keeping you (and what is holding you up) in the struggle for freedom?

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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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