Rider Personal Blog Roundup
Many of the 2010 Equality Riders are writing frequently on their personal blogs. Below are excerpts from a few. Enjoy!
The Road to Equality
by Jason Conner
Recent Post: One Week: Three Schools!
My general thoughts on the ride are primarily positive. We have had a lot of room for growth in the past few days. We have learned a lot, made some strong connections and a few mistakes. This past week has helped me recommit myself to the important work we are doing. I had students come up to me with watery eyes telling me how alone they felt before we got there. We were able to connect people on these campuses who felt like outcasts and loners. They were able to see that there were people in the world who loved and affirmed them for being who they are, not in spite of who they are. Of all the churches and religious venues I have visited, I have never seen Christ like behavior more embodied than by my 24 fellow riders.
by Jennifer Luu
Recent Post: Divine Hammer
Valley Forge Christian College refused to let us on campus and told students that they would be expelled if they came out to talk to us. Then, on Friday morning when we arrived at Charlestown Park, bordering the VFCC campus, fear-based, religiously oppressive groupRepent America, was there to greet us. (Visit their website if you are sitting down and don’t have any food in your mouth– it might drop out when your mouth falls agape.) In response to this warm(ed by the threat of hell) Valley Forge welcome, The Equality Ride held. We held hands, two candlelight vigils and a community rally and sang lots of lovey songs with lyrics like, “Love inside of our hearts / Love, and only love, is moving me.”
Because Jesus Loves Me
by Sabrina Diz
Recent Post: Response to Malone Student
I hope to do your letter justice by answering below; however, it would be ideal if you can meet up with us any of the three days we will be in Canton, OH as I am sure the answers I give will open up more questions and comments!
Before I go on, I’d like to clear something up. While it is true that homophobia is successfully spread by religion and maintained by the church, not all the Riders feel oppressed by the Christian faith. Personally, I go to an affirming church and am happy to say I am Christian and queer
Interlocking Systems of Equality
by Stuart Brewster
Recent Post: Stop #3: Huntsville, AL – Oakwood University
Those small, subtle shifts we saw in the first closed door meeting grew perceptibly larger throughout the afternoon. I think they will continue to grow. I hope they will. The students of Oakwood deserve to know they are not alone, and that they are loved just as they are. All of them.
We all do.
The Wayfarer’s Creed
by Andrew Langdon
Recent Post: And the silence is shattered
So I know many people have been anxiously waiting to hear from me about what has been happening as I travel for justice. There’s just been so much going on that I haven’t been able to write down my thoughts about everything that’s happening.