Author: Emily Reimer-Barry

When We Rise & Lessons Learned

Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place. Marty Haugen’s All Are Welcome is one of my favorite hymns to sing at Mass. It presents a vision of an inclusive church community where prophets speak, where peace and justice meet, where the outcast and the stranger bear...

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A Day Without a Woman

“Oh yeah, that will work out great,” I thought to myself. “I’ll stay home from work and catch up on laundry. Oh, wait…” As it turns out, today’s A Day Without a Woman is not supposed to be my day to catch up on laundry at home. The organizers call this a “one day demonstration of economic solidarity” and call on supporters to do what they can of the following three agenda items: Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor. Avoid shopping for one day (if you must shop, shop at small, women- and minority- owned...

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Solidarity in the Midst of Bomb Threats to Jewish Community Centers, Swastikas in Campus Bathrooms, and Unprecedented Ignorance from the White House

“Number One, I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” said the U.S. President. This is what our President said to a Jewish reporter. Then the President told him to “sit down” after the reporter asked the President about his response to hate crimes against Jewish communities. That was February 17 in a news conference full of non-answers. Now, on March, 3, over 100 Jewish Community Centers have experienced bomb threats. Shaken and confused, Jewish families are wondering what this means. And what should a Catholic response look like? In my view, what Mr. Trump...

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Tough Women in Tough Times: Women’s Speech as Contested

Sally Yates and Elizabeth Warren have been in the news a lot lately as examples of tough women speaking up in difficult times.  In both cases, we’ve seen the contested nature of women’s speech, an issue that Catholic women know all too well. The Christian tradition has had its fair share of censure of women’s speech. Two often cited biblical texts have provided proof that it is ‘unnatural’ for women to take on public speaking roles:  According to the rule observed in all the assemblies of believers, women should keep silent in such gatherings. They may not speak. Rather,...

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Lament in the Judeo-Christian Tradition: Why It Is OK To Tell God How You Really Feel

“I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!” Terror and pit and snare await you, people of the earth. Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare.   The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that...

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