I am concerned that we have become a country that is so individual-focused that we have lost much of our sense of the common good. I think we need to reclaim it and I think it is incumbent on all of us regardless of where we are on the economic spectrum or political spectrum to seek the common good.
“Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, and ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed.” — Karen Armstrong
“Removing the embargo will help with ten percent of our problems, but we have all these issues we are trying to deal with.” — A Cuban Pastor
But how the women claim for themselves, God, the Divine Name and activity among them is also a key to their survival and their hope. They see God at work not through the trappings and structures of patriarchy and inheritance and sons and property, but through the divine machinations that challenge and upset those structures even while existing within them.
This is where I think Leviticus and our larger scriptural tradition read with a critical eye, can still enchant and challenge us. What if we subjected our sexuality, our intimacy to the Holy, not in an authoritarian way, but in a way that honored equality and mutuality.