Issue #67 | May 07, 2020

Six Feet Apart

The fallout of COVID-19 has landed everywhere.
These days, I say The Lord’s Prayer with more urgency and more confusion than before. “On earth as it is in heaven” feels unimaginable, a single-minded plea in a maelstrom of distress.

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Cover photography by Christopher Drinkard

Christopher Drinkard is a photographer based out of Minnesota, where he resides with his wife and two children.  His work includes wedding and lifestyle photography but he also finds great passion in documenting the world around him through street photography.  When he is not with family or busy with a camera, Christopher can be found at his church where he has served as the Worship Leader since 2013.  He also loves frequenting local coffee shops, creating music, and teaching.  You can see some of his work on Instagram @christopherdrinkardphoto.

The Overdue Dismantling of Church
By Kevin Wright

As the job losses mounted, the number of tithes and offerings coming in each week dropped precipitously. Church budgets bled red ink and congregations began laying off staff and selling property in order to keep the lights on. But that was back in 2008 during the Great Recession.

Faith and Mental Health — Hopes for Something New
By Jean Neely

During this global pandemic, we’ve all had to bear overwhelming stress and devastating losses while also being cut off from the people, activities, and places that bring us joy and help us cope with distress in the day to day.

Minor Feelings and Racial Melancholia
Understanding Anti-Asian Racism Beyond COVID-19
By Bianca Mabute-Louie

While the media reports on and profits from interpersonal racist incidents that result from exogenous shocks, minor feelings and racial melancholia encompass the daily, interminable despondence of racism.

God Told Me Your Aunt Will Get Better
By Wendy Hu-Au

What tempts Christians to offer platitudes or unfounded reassurances? It is the same temptation that the loud, white, male pastors we see in the media are currently succumbing to during the coronavirus pandemic. It is the temptation to avoid the reality of suffering. And it stems from a gross misunderstanding of what faith in Jesus actually means.

Practicing Daily Resurrection During the End of the World
By Kristine Chong

I am reminded that a world anew, already in motion, is not a one-time transformation, but rather, enacted by living into an ethics that ... is part of an ongoing struggle for liberation, healing, and right relationship across ecosystems and injustices.

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