Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!
On this podcast, the Coolikans wax poetic about our favorite childhood Christmas memories and the evolution of Christmas for us now that we’re adults.
Peace and Blessings to you and yours!
Thanks of listening!
What is Advent? – LINK
Kwanzaa – LINK
The Five Love Languages – LINK
Ba Humbug – Man upset about Christmas greeting (LINK)
In 1963, Preacher and Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Junior penned the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which he admonished fellow clergy for their silence and reactions to nonviolent civil rights protest. In recent weeks men and women across the U.S. have engaged in civil unrest to protest police brutality and criminal (in)justices.
We at Coolikan see these events as opportunities for the Church to be the light and to unite and speak out against injustice. Instead, we, like Dr. King, notice the silence. We sense the need for greater solidarity in the Body of Christ concerning the plight of humanity and specifically racial inequity.
Jesus and justice. Are these two mutually exclusive? If not, how can we embody the essence of Christ and principle of justice in our lives?
Thanks for listening!
**Honorable Mentions **
Embrace Healing Petition for Truth, Healing and Reconciliation – Sign Here
Site highlighting the protests around the U.S – Urban Cusp
Tim Wise – White Like Me Film – website: http://www.timwise.org
Blindspots: The Hidden Bias of Good People Link
Article on the need for the Church to come together – A Call to Arms
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail –
“If the devil comes knocking on a door you closed long ago, just call out, “Jesus! It’s for you!” – RJG On a Whim
I read the above excerpt from a journal of mine and got excited. The devil won’t stop knocking and will try to pick the lock or break in to that door you closed no matter how much you resist or ‘pretend you’re not home’ in hopes that he’ll go away.
But I love knowing that we can ask Jesus to answer that door. It’s like when I was a child and an uninvited person knocked or rang the doorbell. I wasn’t allowed to answer, and as I got older I didn’t want to answer, so we would usually ask my dad, the strongest and most intimidating person of the family, to answer just in case it was someone who meant us harm (we had faith that my dad could send a message that this house is off limits).
Spiritually, we have faith that Christ is the One who can open that door in response to Satan’s knocks and just send that incontrovertible message, “This child, this body, this person, this temple is off limits.”
So don’t be upset or anxious if a temptation or a closed door tries to open itself back up in your life. Go ahead and let Jesus take care of it.
By – Elise, Obehi and Acasia
Who and what exactly is a Coolikan?
Some of you may have read our articles or listened to a few of our podcasts. On this episode, we discuss who we are, why we got started and what we’re hoping to achieve through this platform.
Photo credit: Florian Klauer (Unsplash – https://unsplash.com)
On August 7th, Coolikan member Acasia Olson boarded a train and set out on her 10-day cross-country campaign to promote racial healing and reconciliation in the U.S. During her time on board, the nation experienced a flare up in race relations as Michael Brown, a young unnarmed African American male, was shot by a cop in Ferguson Missouri. Acasia continued hosting conversations on race and racial healing with people across the nation in hopes of learning what we as a nation can do to heal and dismantle racism.
On this episode, we talk about race, reconciliation, the Church and the need for this nation to heal.
The honest intersection of confronting an unjust society as a disciple of a loving and radical God:
“God, I don’t want to believe that you died for all these people who [stole, lynched, lied, shot and oppressed]. Just like you died for me you died for them, and I am struggle to accept the fact that you did…How do I learn to see them with the heart and love you have, because you died for them like you died for me…”
Pastor Matt Chandler Speaks Up White Privilege – Article here