Here at the Flame, we have a commitment to lifting up multiple voices. Each week, at least one of the readings will be from a person of color, and one will be from the LGBTQIA community.  Sometimes we also read from an additional writer.

At the Flame, we are free to have a variety of responses to the readings.  We don’t all have to agree on what they mean for us, or even like them.

Readings for 8/30/2017

Some of our past readings have been from:

Francisco X Alarcón, Prayer

Maya Angelou, Savior

James Baldin, Nobody Knows My Name

Delphin Bautista, The Story Of Resurrection Is A Story Of Transition

Daniel Berrigan, Some

Brian Bilston, Refugees

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers From Prison

Dean Brackley, SJ, Remembering the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador: Twenty Years On

Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking

Staceyann Chinn, Resistance Through Poetry

Eli Clare, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation

Lucille Clifton, won’t you celebrate with me

Leonard Cohen, Anthem

Laverne Cox, Hung Up on Our Bullies: Internalized Transphobia

Dr. James H. Cone, Black Theology of Liberation

Devon Davis, This has never been about bathrooms.

Elle Dowd, Who Runs #MyKindaChurch? A Reflection for Week 5

Vicar Lenny Duncan, Dear Church: Breathe, Liberal Orthodoxy Isn’t the GospelLiberal Orthodoxy Isn’t the GospelRadical Hospitality and #Decolonizing The Heavenly Banquet

Martin Espada, Imagine the Angels of Bread

Josh Evans, A Sermon About Journeys

Cecilia Gentili, Why Everyone Should Observe Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Jewelle Gomez, Why We Need A Good Feminist Rant

Rev. Lura Groen, A Love Poem, to the Holy SpiritBlessing

Lauren Grubaugh, A Prayer From the Streets of Charlottesville

Rev. Dr. Yolanda Denson Byers, What Are You Doing Here?

Rachel Miller H, #BlackGirlPsalms: Introduction

Princess Harmony,I Must Use Whatever Resources I Have To Challenge Injustice: BGD Crush Of the Month Featuring Lydia Brown and Live Your Authentic Self And Be Free: BGD’s Crush of the Month Featuring CeCe McDonald

Kelly Hayes, After the Raid: Why You Shouldn’t Look Away From #NoDAPL

Thomas Horton, Out

Lourdes Ashley Hunter, @HunterLourdes, November 2, 2016, Executive Director of Trans Women of Color Collective,

Elton John, Love Is The Cure

Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible ThingsOne of Those Nights

Audre Lorde, Sister OutsiderThe Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action

Brandi Miller, The Chasm Between White Theology and Black Liberation

Janet Mock, Redefining Realness

Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff Christs Childhood Friend

Barack Obama

Mary Oliver, Praying,  Song of the BuildersWild Geese

Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Kwame Pitts, Reflection: The sacredness of creation

Positive Women’s Network#WhyWeMarch: Toward Liberation and Justice

Aleo Pugh, The Misappropriation of MLK: Respectability Politics and Black Struggle

M.R. Ritley, God’s Flaming Laughter in Gifted by Otherness: Gay & Lesbian Christians in the Church

Oscar Romero

Bayard Rustin

George Sands

Meta Smith-Davis, Who Would Have Thought?

Peter Staley, Is This My Beautiful Life?

Sojourner Truth, Ain’t I A Woman?

Archibishop Desmond Tutu

U2, Until the End of the World

Alok Vaid-Menon, Your First Protest

Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Rev. Chris Wogaman, Pride or Anti-Pity

Joel Workin, Dear God, I am Gay — thank you!