When Matt pulled the car over on the side of the freeway in Oakland beside the unconscious man with blood gushing from his face, his teeth knocked out, a massive hematoma on his forehead, his knee broken in half, and his ankle stripped of skin and askew, I noticed that he was still breathing, but his chest was rising and falling the way people with severe head trauma breathe - not normally. He still had a pulse, but it was fast and thready.Read More...
When news broke of Osama bin Laden's death, we had quite a dialogue going on Owning Pink after I wrote my thoughts in this post (and then this post to follow, about speaking my truth). It got me questioning if the celebration of death and violence is ever good, and wondering what my fave deity Jesus would do.
Turns out that a new survey reveals that Americans -- particularly fundamental Christians -- are a wee bit hypocritical when it comes to certain Biblical teachings, particularly with fuzzy parts that don’t favor revenge or torturing your enemies, like the Golden Rule. According to this survey, 82% of Americans believe bin Laden distorted the teachings of Islam to suit his own purposes, 65% believe the al Qaeda leader is rotting in hell, and 62% think it is wrong to celebrate the death of another human being.
I was raised with three Methodist ministers in the family, and I grew up attending church twice a week and spitting out Protestant doctrine like a good little straight-A Sunday Schooler. Then as I grew up, I sort of lost my religion. After all, how could I even call myself a Christian if I don’t believe that an afterlife is reserved exclusively for those who have made Jesus Christ their personal Lord and Savior? So God and I kept chatting, and I never lost my love for Jesus, but I pretty much started boycotting church -- every time I attended, someone was preaching the sort of intolerance and closed-mindedness that made me want to take someone out with an Uzi. And that definitely violates those commandments.
This weekend I saw the much-anticipated movie based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling book, Eat, Pray, Love. The story is based on Gilbert’s own Pleap of all Pleaps (Pink leap of faith) -- for a year following her divorce she lived first in Italy, then India, and finally in Bali. Her goal was to find herself and learn to live again.
Like many who have read her book, I envied Gilbert for the courage to take this journey -- not just to these foreign countries, but to the foreign land of giving up control and giving into universal love. I loved the book and was eagerly anticipating the film version.Read More...
Someone recently said, “Owning Pink is a lifestyle. I want you to teach me how to live it.” It got me thinking. If Owning Pink is a lifestyle, what would that life look like? Here’s how we at Owning Pink aspire to live (you can be sure we falter!)