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Interview with a Charlotte Pastor/Author

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I’m happy to have as my guest today pastor/author Winn Collier, whose writing I love. His latest project is an epistolary novel—that is, a story told through the medium of letters written by one or more of the characters. It’s titled Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church. SG: Did you have in mind any specific congregations as you wrote? Winn: I carried all the people and churches I’ve been part of my entire life. And of course, All Souls Charlottesville, the people I serve now, is so interwoven with my life that they are always with me. SG: Charlottesville has been at the epicenter of America’s culture wars in recent months. How has your church continued to be a voice of hope in the midst of such toxic events? Winn: The Klan rally in July, then the Alt-right rally in August, were horrific. I’ve never encountered such…

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#MeToo: Just Another Trend?

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My post for October 24 on the Engage blog at bible.org: A lot of people think it all started on October 5, 2017, when the New York Times first broke the story accusing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. Actually, as far as I know, the real first “Me Too” movement started a decade ago by the African-American activist Tarana Burke. And ten years from now, we’ll probably still need one. But about the recent one… Ten days after the NYT story hit, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Soon, the #MeToo hashtag took over social media. Twitter alone had more than 500,00 uses. But Facebook had 12 million. Twelve. Million. I almost didn’t put the following post on Facebook. But I mustered the courage to hit “return”:  “So many have been groped, objectified, threatened, stalked, or…

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Rape Culture Series

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Did you catch the series I ran on rape culture? If not, here are links to all the posts. Part 1: Rape Culture 101 Part 2: Victim-Blaming and “Slut-Shaming” Part 3: Saying “Yes” Isn’t Enough Part 4: Consent vs. Non-Consent Part 5: Rape Doesn’t Just Happen in Dark Alleys Part 6: Popular Culture and Rape Culture Part 7: Films and Rape Culture Part 8: Books and Rape Culture Part 9: Rape Culture and Language Part 10: Rape Culture and Government Part 11: Rape Culture and Our Schools Part 12: Rape Culture and the Media Part 13: Rape Culture: It’s Bigger Than We Think Part 14: Rape: It’s a Weapon Part 15: Rape Culture: A Sense of Entitlement Part 16: Rape Culture: Almost Every Woman Has a Story Part 17: Rape Culture: What Can We Do? Part 18 of 18: Resources on Rape Culture

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