Birthing a Bison: Building Student Power in Hostile Environments

As one of the leaders of Bison 4 Equality, I became deeply familiar with both Title IX protections and OBU’s exemption. Having spent the last semester deeply invested in this movement, I’m now more confident than ever before that the protections afforded to students under Title IX are essential to creating a campus that is safe for everyone. I’m also sure that the decision by colleges across the nation to recuse themselves from this federal law is a political statement - not a moral or religious one. The insistence by universities that this exemption is necessary for maintaining adherence to their “religious tenets” only demonstrates that their interpretation of Scripture is vastly different

Soulforce Continues Training Holy Troublemakers

One of the taproots of Soulforce is training and accompanying folks who are dedicated to transforming the institutions that represent religion, in this case the United Methodist Church, in their work to reclaim spirit and do justice. Over three weekends in April, we provided a series of workshops in Nonviolence and Direct Actions in escalating levels of intensity in order to seed the ground at the upcoming United Methodist Church General Conference this May in Portland. First United Methodist Church hosted this city-wide invitational program. “I am curious to learn more about the history of nonviolence. I also want to do more thinking about and meditation on my own motivations and how to c

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