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Resurrection City DC is an intentionally diverse, LGBTQ+ affirming, pro-Black, anti-racist, progressive Christian church where all are invited to ask hard questions, be honest about doubt, and engage in a communal process of deconstruction, reconstruction, and decolonization in the Way of Jesus. LGBTQ faith Anti-Racism Decolonize Equality Dignity Gospel Progressive Christianity

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This Advent there will be more talk than ever about light and hope. This week the Dow Jones Industrial average hit a record high just as the numbers of people waiting at food banks produced photographs like none seen since the Great Depression. We cannot afford to pass another Thanksgiving and enter another season of Christmas with the master’s tools in our hands. We must embrace the hope that is only created in community -- the hope rooted in desperation. We must speak of hope in new ways and practice it with others for the liberation of all. And we must remember that the radiance of the glory of God somehow both pierces the darkness and partners with it. Light and hope. Radiance and desperation. The risk and reward of community. May these disturb us and warm us this Advent season.

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With election day nearly upon us, the question is not which candidate is fit for our hope. We will make our calculations and cast our votes. The question is whether we will surrender to the gravity of desperation that leads to creative action regardless of our individual hope -- not because we know we will win, but because we must find new rhythms and rituals in the struggle for a more just world and in the struggle to remain human. There seem to be moments when hope will not save our souls, but the creative action born of desperation just might. Perhaps, this is one of them.

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I return to the lessons I learned as a teacher going to work in the early morning darkness -- spiritual lessons that feel like solid ground as I contemplate the death of hope. Barbara Brown Taylor puts those lessons into words when she eloquently writes that, “Sometimes the light is coming, and sometimes it is going. Sometimes the moon is full, and sometimes it is nowhere to be found. There is nothing capricious about this variety since it happens on a regular basis [...] But humans do not easily relinquish control over how dark or bright it is, either in our houses or in our souls.” 

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Some years back, I came across a poem by Cesar Vallejo called “I Am Going to Speak of Hope.” From beginning to end, the poem recounts the pain of the speaker. The poem and the pain are unrelenting. It is pain that is “neither a father nor a son” -- pain so deep that if “placed in a dark room it would shed no light, and placed in a bright one, it would cast no shadow.” Every word of the poem is dedicated to expressing pain. Yet, the title gives away the poet’s purpose. The very act of naming what seems endlessly difficult -- of what is uncomfortable and unfinished and full of sharp edges -- is an act of hope. 

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In the 16th installment of the Reconstruct series, Pastor Tonetta explores the story of Paul's shipwreck in Acts 27 as a metaphor for what many of us are feeling when it comes to deconstruction and reconstruction and what many of us need when it feels like we are being tossed about.

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In the 15th installment of the Reconstruct series, Pastor Tonetta explores the importance of grieving what we have lost and what we never had as a way of grounding our Christian faith on healthier foundations.

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In the 14th installment of the Reconstruct series, Pastor Tonetta talks through the importance of finding your own story in the Bible and in the theological tradition as an entry point back to understanding the whole story in a fuller way.

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Keep Praying
8/9/2020

In the 13th installment of the Reconstruct series, Pastor Tonetta explores the ways in which prayer can ground the heart-work of reconstruction and give a few practical tips about forms of prayer that can be helpful.

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In this week's installment, I recommend the super simple step of engaging a spiritual director in the work of reconstruction. Tune in to hear how and why this might provide a helped framework in what can feel like a lonely journey.

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Find Delight
7/26/2020

In the 11th installment of the Reconstruct series, Pastor Tonetta focuses on the way in which finding delight can help you reconstruct your faith -- pulling you away from the whirl of your thoughts and back into your heart and your body.

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In the 10th installment of the Reconstruct Series, Pastor Tonetta shares one simple but important tip -- write down what you do know that you believe.

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In the 9th installment of the Reconstruct Series, Pastor Tonetta explores the ways in which our nation's current soul-searching regarding its symbols can help us think about what Christian symbols need to stay and which to go in our journey of reconstruction.

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In the eighth installment of the Reconstruct Series, Pastor Tonetta talks about the repeated admonition found in scripture, "Do Not Be Afraid," and its foundational importance as we undertake the journey of reconstruction.

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This week, Pastor Tonetta summarizes the work of James W. Fowler and M. Scott Peck in an attempt to help us think about the ways in which (de/re)constructing our Christian faith can actually be a faithful and hopeful part of our journey.

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In the sixth installment of the Reconstruct Series, Pastor Tonetta explores how seeing discipleship in terms of stages of growth -- a developmental approach -- can help us see the process of (de/re)construction as natural and healthy.

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In the fifth installment of the series, Pastor Tonetta again goes off script in the wake of this national moment of reckoning to talk about the ways those of us (de/re) constructing must consider the role of white supremacist culture in our faith formation and reformation.

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In the fourth installment of our Reconstruct series, we go off script in light of the national reckoning we are seeing unfold. Pastor Tonetta discusses some of the issues those of us reconstructing need to engage in light of this urgent moment.

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This week Pastor Tonetta shares about how community, ritual, and rest are essential to sustaining the good work of reconstruction and really all generative work in the world.

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For the second part of our "Reconstruct" series, Pastor Tonetta considers why it's important to lean into the tension of our faith and our Bible as formative as we (de/re)construct. Although we may be viewed by our churches as those who will go to hell, the work ahead- - which is marked by tension -- is also the very ground of our spiritual formation.

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Often those of us who are in the process of (de/re)constructing our faith struggle to find frameworks that can adequately help us handle the enormity of the task. In this first video of the Reconstruct Series with Pastor Tonetta (she/her), she shares a bit of her own story and encourages you to think through on your own and discover why the work of (de/re)reconstruction is even important to you.

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