Believe and Behave
This edition of The Week-ish is guest curated by spoken-word artist, activist, and Level Ground friend Emily Joy.
In response to the #IntervarsityPurge last month (which you can read more about it in the original Time article here, in Justin Lee's response here, and/or in the change.org petition here), we asked Emily to find encouraging, healthy dialogue that defies and challenges the exclusive "Believe and Behave" rhetoric that Intervarsity (and groups like them) posit towards people who disagree with them.
Dialogue, Not Division
In response to Intervarsity USA shutting down dialogue about the theology of sexuality and purging all members who disagree with their statement, the Pomona-Pitzer chapter of Intervarsity has decided to disaffiliate from the national organization. In wanting to protect their LGBT and LGBT-affirming members and affirm the sanctity of honest dialogue they wrote:
Read more about this story here.
Other Conversations the Internet is Having
Your Thoughts First
13th — a documentary that posits that slavery never truly ended, but was just transformed into what we now know as mass incarceration — just hit Netflix. Sure to encourage conversation.
Deborah Jian Lee, author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism weighs in on #IntervarsityPurge:
Meet Level Ground Collaborators
Stephen Cone is a Chicago-basedfilmmaker whose film Henry Gamble's Birthday Party was just released on Netflix. The film screened at both Nashville and Pasadena Festivals in the last year. Check out Level Ground's writeup of the film titled "An Evangelical Pool Party," get some friends together to watch the film, and follow Stephen on twitter.