Commonplace (Sunday morning sermon)

“I could talk about the collective pain and trauma of queer people, but I won’t, because I have grown tired of describing my suffering of my various tribes: black, lesbian, female, fat, impoverished. My suffering cannot be addressed outside of the context of a suffering world. Yes, I hurt. Everyone hurts. What is crucial is that we use our hurt to connect with others rather than view them as the opposition. Now, that is radical: to refuse to see the so-called opposition as opposition, because we are a part of everything that we indict.

“The bottom line is that we are called to lives of compassion. We are called to the work of liberation through love. That calling is the only thing in life worth suffering for. We cannot abide any suffering other than that which is required to change the world.”

–Rev. Lynice Pinkard, in interview (The Sun, October 2014)

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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