Justice Conference Part 2: All things go to recreate us

The title's a reference to Sufjan Stevens' Chicago, which is a pretty perfect summary of my Justice Conference experience. Read Part 1 of my Justice Conference recap here. --------- Racial Reconciliation Pre-Conference, afternoon sessions About a dozen of us were seated in a circle in a small classroom waiting for the first afternoon class in…

Justice Conference Part 1: It’s complicated

Image source: Justice Conference Facebook page A whirlwind Thursday... I put off writing about my experience at the Justice Conference in Chicago last weekend, at first, because I was physically exhausted and didn't think I could go back over my notes and reflect appropriately without getting overwhelmed. Instead, I went out to the mountains twice…

darkness and light: how religion shapes my fair trade journey

Style Wise has always been about building a community of people centered around a common goal of buying and living more ethically. Because of that, it's never been a priority to share the more intimate inner workings of my values system. And, more than that, it's kind of terrifying. My blogger friend, Hoda, recently shared…

The Opiate of the Masses

I just began reading Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion (Carrette and King), an academic book that suggests that neoliberalism and its free market bent have co-opted spiritual symbols and rhetoric to increase profits. I completely agree. I worked for a company that really wanted me to drink the kool-aid. Though I worked terrible hours…