When I checked in with myself and listened to our community and the pulse of the world right now, what felt right this week was not to publish a new podcast episode, but to point your attention to one of our favorites from the past that features a black woman whose work is devoted to black liberation.
In the summer of 2018 I savored every word of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown.
(She’s since published Pleasure Activism, which became a NY Times bestseller and is also incredibly powerful.)
Adrienne dances the intersection between spirituality and social justice work in a way that feels really necessary right now.
If you’ve noticed spiritual leaders (especially white ones) jumping directly to unity and oneness without first acknowledging the 400 years of oppression that needs repair, and it doesn’t sit well with you, listen in.
If you’re feeling immobilized by the reality of the profound limitations of society and our history around race and what it means for you and your people, and you’re grappling with how it could possibly be at all connected to spirituality, listen in.
Adrienne’s words, laughter, and ideas are medicine.
In this episode that first came out January 1, 2019, but is no less relevant today, you’ll hear:
Press play and listen to her brilliance (and prepare to laugh!)
Thank you for being here in this community. Over the last week it’s become ever more clear to me that not all communities are places where people feel safe to be themselves and, even more so, affirmed for all of who they are.
While I will never get it perfect and I will continue to be humble and ready to fumble (quoting Erika Hines), you have my commitment that you matter to me and you are welcome here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to show up. I’ll continue to do the same.
Her Book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds & Upcoming Release, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good
Her Blog Post, The Runs: Poetic Reflections