Summer/Winter Spotlights

Rev. Deanna Vandiver
Jul 12 · 2 min read
Sunset sparkle over ocean and sand. Photo by D. Vandiver

Friends, I hope you are finding sources of joy and fortification in this season of extremes of light and dark, depending on whether you live in the Northern of Southern Hemisphere of this wild, precious planet.

Today I am shining a spotlight on a few sustaining resources — perhaps one of these will meet you where you are on this hot/cold day and will, perhaps, not leave you there.

This Healing Justice podcast may be the reframe you need in the midst of the urgent frenzy which seems to characterize systems of oppression and, sometimes, resisting those oppressive systems: Rest as Reparations with Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry

If you are newly entering the conversation or need a reference resource for someone who is, Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun have provided a deeply useful primer on the characteristics of white supremacy culture and some very useful antidotes to this dis-ease.

If you wish there was something you could do to support the frontline folx of the Gulf South facing the continuous impacts of climate crisis at the intersections of multiple systems of oppression, you can make a donation to encourage deeply underfunded communities doing extraordiary levels of emotional labor, including The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal , Ubuntu Village NOLA , The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy , BreakOUT! and New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice . Never underestimate the gift of being able to pay rent, health insurance, and the phone bill in the midst of midwifing transformational justice!

If you have not yet encountered Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime disability justice activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, now is such a great time to do so! This work “explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centres the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.” If you’re wondering how we are going to survive whatever comes next, this work points towards exquisite wisdom sources rarely centered in the ableist, white supremacist cultures of dominance within which so many of us live.

And if you need a sustaining song in this season of struggle, I offer gratitude always to Emma’s Revolution for this gift of Better Days .

Blessings of light and dark unto you, dear ones.

Rev. Deanna Vandiver

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Collective liberationist. Unitarian Universalist from the South (of the USA) who has been singing, reading & writing for almost as long as she can remember.

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