And in this case, my personal goal was more important than the goal of the action itself. My highest value in the context of my work to dismantle white supremacy culture is to support and amplify the marginalized voices in my communities. And that made my decision about the action quite simple. I was asked by the women of color who organized the event to attend as a peaceful clergy presence.
So I did. When I was helping the youth group plan their service, it was my role to shepherd them through their process. In the case of the solidarity vigil, my role was different. I had a lot of questions—and a lot of theory and experience in my own mind. As a white woman, a professional clergy person, I have authority in the system. I could have marched into the slightly chaotic 7am scene and gotten bossy. Instead, I found the people who had called us all together and asked them how I might be most supportive. They answered, and so I set to work singing, holding space, and being a peaceful presence as they had requested.
In another situation, I might have different goals. My highest value might be different. If I know my highest value in a given situation, I will make decisions differently. Sometimes my highest value is efficiency. Sometimes it is collaboration, or relationship-building, or something else entirely.
It is important, then, to answer the question: Why does this organization exist? What, specifically, are we here to accomplish? The congregation I was serving at the time of the protest holds Compassion, Inspiration, Community, and Justice as values to guide who they are and what they do. It is an ongoing process to clarify how those values inform activity both within the walls of the congregation and out in the community. That is why it is important for each group to do their own visioning work.
But each group interprets those values differently, and chooses different places to focus. And so does each individual. We are the ones. We must figure it out for ourselves, together. It is my greatest hope that the violence and despair we see these days is the last gasp of a harmful system. It is my most fervent prayer that the animosity and vitriol we encounter around and within our communities is simply the wound uncovered and lanced, ready to begin to heal.
But I cannot be certain. And so I turn to my own faith. I turn to my experience of community coming together again and again to show one another that love and commitment can overpower fear. I turn to the faith of the people who came before me, and the strength of those who walk beside me and show me the way. Love and compassion are the ground underneath us.
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Even when fault lines cause that ground to shift, we return again and again to the fierce and tenacious spirit of the Love that will not let us go—the indelible shape of justice which calls us deeper into the work of building, into the risk of reaching out and the promise of a faith grounded in history, but calling us forth to a new vanguard. Join our community to cultivate wonder, imagination, and the courage to act. Twitter Youtube Facebook Rss Mail. About Welcome! About Latest Posts. She served the UU Congregation of Asheville for seven years, where she had primary responsibility for the social justice, pastoral care, and membership programs of the congregation.
It was a Christian Fiction novel that had strong, diverse characters who manage to remain stable even in their weaknesses , productive dialogue, action, and the right pace. It was a novel that discussed the "cult-like," religious groups that follow rituals, doctrine, and laws rather than the In the Midst of it, all. It was a novel that discussed the "cult-like," religious groups that follow rituals, doctrine, and laws rather than the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The author does an excellent job reminding Christians that true Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus Christ, not about what we wear, how we talk, how we worship in His house. Most of all, the book reminds us how Jesus came to save and redeem, rather than condemn, which is something many religious groups fail to realize. This book is full of excitement and surprises. Excellent book. Aug 19, Vacirca Vaughn rated it it was amazing.
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I loved how the author depicts this issue which is found in so many types of religious groups. No offense to everyone, but having grown up in a Catholic I loved this work by Ms. No offense to everyone, but having grown up in a Catholic church that seemed dead, I appreciated how this issue was presented in the church the author wrote about in the novel. The author does a wonderful job reminding Christians like me that true Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus Christ, not about what we wear, how we talk, how we worship in His house.
It was a powerful story. Feb 17, Dacia rated it really liked it. I liked it. Praise God even in the midst of your storm. I am glad that Zee and Justin: 1 broke free of the Brethren and 2 became a couple.
I am also glad that Zee did not let her gift control her like it did her aunt and her mother. I felt really bad for Audrey and Tristan.
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Tristan had no mind of his own. Cults are so fascinating and very, very dangerous. It blows my mind that people can be brainwashed into believing anything. I am so thankful that Zee had a good head on her shoulders despite I liked it. I am so thankful that Zee had a good head on her shoulders despite the demons traveling down her family tree. I will definitely read another Tiffany Warren book. This was my first introduction to Tiffany Warren, and I must say she is an awesome storyteller.
The world of The Brethren was unlike any other I've experienced in a novel. The characters will stay with you long after you've finished. I was always on pins and needles just like Zenovia when it came to her mother schizophrenic mother Audrey.
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I was intrigued by what she would do next. Now, anytime that I smell bleach, I can't help but to think about Audrey. I will definitely be reading more of Ms. W This was my first introduction to Tiffany Warren, and I must say she is an awesome storyteller. Warren's works. I'd love to see a sequel for this one though. Jan 23, Revae rated it really liked it.
I am a fan of Tiffany L. This is the third book that I have read by her. It follows a girl whose mother is schizophrenic.
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Zenovia and her mother Audrey join a church called the Brethen of Sacrifice. Zenovia struggles with the beliefs and practices of the Brethen as she tries to figure out how to deal with the "gift" she inherited from her mother. It was a good read, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone! Tiffany L. Warren does not disappoint, and I can't wait to read what she authors I am a fan of Tiffany L. Warren does not disappoint, and I can't wait to read what she authors next. Nov 23, Kat added it Shelves: ccl , aaf , Being that I have a schizophrenic mother, I really could relate to Zee and I love the way the author realy brought light to the stigma the church has of mental illness.
The only thing I didnt like about the book besides the edning which just came out of nowhere was the boy craziness. There were so many guys it was hard to believe she was truly interested in the one she was with. May 10, Sonja rated it it was amazing. LOVED this book! I read it in one weekend because I just couldn't put it down. The author did a wonderful job of building up the suspence on who the character will eventually end up with as her husband. I can't wait to see read the next one! Nov 27, Catherine rated it it was amazing.
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All the attributes that God displays. But because we want to be accepted and love we over look the these things. It's a good lesson on knowing the bible for yourself, and not taking others interpertation for the real thing. This book is full of excitment and surprises. A good book I choose this rating because it was a slow read It wasn't a page turner I disliked the cult in the church but was happy that the two made it back to Christianity.
Great book! When I read the description of this book, I never imagined it would be the way it was. It really shows was faith in God is all about. It reminded me that our trust should be in God not man. Oct 09, Shannan Harper rated it it was amazing. This is another excellent book by Tiffany L. It was an great page turner, and I always enjoy reading her books. Nov 26, Sonya rated it it was amazing. Oct 07, Angenette Burns added it. Good read!!!! Jan 16, Desire'e Greene rated it it was amazing.
Great Story! A pager turner! I couldn't put this book down. I love the story characters I felt like I knew them in a personal way. Nov 21, Charron Walker rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed this book, it was a great read! Aug 08, Christina rated it it was amazing. After not reading for years, this book rekindled my passion for reading.
I laughed, i was shocked, and i related so well to the characters. I highly recommend this book! Mysterious and Captivating I like how the author describes the visions in the book. It's like solving a puzzle. Easy read and inspiring. DEEP Tiffany did her thing with this one. A must read to everyone. Very inspiring and strong story line. Love it. Powerful Message I absolutely loved this book. It took the story of being broken and then healed. Warren has done it again. Tiffany Warren rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Arlenda Thompson rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Tina Connelly rated it really liked it Oct 10, Toriana Jones rated it really liked it Aug 22, Bj rated it really liked it May 28, Readers also enjoyed.
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Christian Fiction. About Tiffany L. Warren, is an author, playwright, songwriter, mother and wife.