What Does Forgiveness Have to do with Justice?
Organized by: Micky Jones
Micky Jones via Crowdrise
January 07, 2016
EVENT DATE Jan 17, 2016
America is in a deep and difficult conversation about systemic oppression, race, and justice.
We are in a moment of rupture. Some call it a Kairos moment - a moment in time - a time to act, to speak, to make change.
Robben Island, the South African prison of Nelson Mandela holds lessons for us in this moment of change. Can you help me raise just $2,700 to get there?
I am a part of birthing that change. I am a birth doula and have supported many mothers bringing babies into the world. Now, I am a Justice Doula - still providing educational, physical, spiritual and emotional support - but now, serving the fighters for, and movements of intersectional justice (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc) birthing more justice into our world today.
I have been called to a life as a Creative Extremist for Love in the tradition of Ella Baker, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer and others who have lived and died to bring more freedom and peace to the United States and the World. Through theological reflection, writing, speaking, contemplative activism, and inter-sectional, intercultural teaching and training, I bring my gifts, training and education to the fight for justice.
I have the opportunity to go to Robben Island and bring the wisdom of Nelson Mandela, Bishop Tutu, the Apartheid struggle, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to our uniquely American struggle for justice.
WOULD YOU HELP ME RAISE $2,700 TO GET THERE?
You may know me through Transform Network, the Wild Goose Festival, Faith Rooted Organizing, the #BlackLivesMatter movement or online at Stay Woke Advent, Red Letter Christians, Homebrewed Christianity and various other places. Or maybe we are just connected through Twitter, or other social media. Perhaps we have worked together on campaigns or actions.
We are together in bending the long arc of justice. Now I need your help.
Would you partner with me to make the journey to Robben Island, South Africa?
What about FORGIVENESS? Does it have a place in the fight for justice? What does forgiveness have to do with #BlackLivesMatter? What does forgiveness look like when race, gender, sexual orientation and poverty are used as weapons of oppression in our faith communities and larger world? Can the prison that once held Nelson Mandela teach us something about love, relationship, reconciliation, and freedom?
I don't know. I think so. And I intend to find out.
I have been selected to gather with a small group of justice focused Christian practitioners (sometimes called Integral Mission practitioners). We have been invited to gather to dialog, share, reflect, pray, meditate and explore the values and practice of forgiveness in the context of theology, holistic mission and justice.
The group is intentionally curated to include people from marginalized groups and majority culture, indigenous people, and different ministry/community contexts.
I NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE $2,700
I'm asking my friends, communities, fellow activists, justice minded people of faith - anyone, to make a donation to help me cover travel from Tennessee and registration.
Here's information about this amazing gathering being held January 18-22, 2016.
- To gather a group of people who practice Integral Mission from both Majority and Minority worlds for Theological Reflection from their own practice of Conflict transformation, peace building and reconciliation.
- To use the work of Desmond Tutu from his book "No future without Forgiveness" and reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela to explore together the value and role of forgiveness in this work.
- To use the richness of Robben Island as a location for our conversation.
- To share spiritual practices that help sustain us.
The journey will include:
- Accommodation in the Minimum security prison cells
- Time to meditate and pray on your own, in a prison cell of the maximum security area
- Sharing stories of our work with one another
- A walking tour of the Island
- Visit and pray at significant sights on the island
- A prison tour with a former political prisoner
- Explore together the theme and God's work of forgiveness in our sacred text
There is no limit to how this will impact my work, teaching and what I can give to the Freedom Movement in the US today. It will also be deeply personally meaningful to me and a next step in my journey of contemplative activism.
Join me in asking what forgiveness has to do with justice. Join me in deepening my contemplative activism path.
Any donation is appreciated, welcome and helpful.
I can't offer much in the way of prizes - it is not that kind of fundraiser! But I promise to blog and tweet and instagram like crazy! I promise to take your love to South Africa and bring their love back.
In his book, No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu said, "There is a movement, not easily discernible, at the heart of things to reverse the awful centrifugal force of alienation, brokenness, division, hostility, and disharmony. God has set in motion a centripetal process, a moving toward the center, toward unity, harmony, goodness, peace and justice, a process that removes barriers." It is this movement that I hope to tap into, to experience and encourage through my work and relationships. I hope you will join me in this process.
Let's move toward more freedom, love and justice in this Kairos moment together.
You can find out more about me here: https://about.me/mickyjones