Finding Our Place in the Easter Story Today

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On “bodied faith” + the meaning of the cross + participating in the story of Easter.

By Idelette McVicker @idelette | Twitter: @idelette
And Kelley Johnson-Nikondeha | Twitter: @kelljnik

I was in my pyjammies when Kelley’s HeyTell message came through this morning, wishing me a Good Friday. She mentioned how it’s ironic for her that we call it “Good” Friday when it involves the suffering, mockery and death of a revolutionary.

I had had a similar conversation with my kidlets in the car last night. It went something like this in the back of the car:

Tomorrow is Good Friday–yayyy!
But it really is a bad Friday, because Jesus died.
But it’s also good because He died for us, right?

As Kelley and my HeyTell conversation progressed and we each shared our interaction with the cross–thoughts on justice and freedom–I wondered: Perhaps we need to take this conversation to our SheLoves friends and invite others into the conversation.

While Kelley put another load in the dryer and finished boiling eggs, I put on some clothes and lipgloss and made a tray of food and drinks for my kids, asking them very kindly to please give Mommy a quiet moment to do a Skype video call.

Then we recorded our conversation. These 17 minutes are as real as real can get.

We’d love to invite you into this conversation between friends on Good Friday. Please join us in thinking about this day, what it means to all of us and where we find ourselves in this story.

Here are a few of the thoughts we touch on (and get pretty vulnerable) on:
– The cross–not accepting this reference in our faith language blindly, but wanting to have a revelation of its meaning.
– Jesus as a freedom-fighter–how He carried His pursuit of justice all the way to the cross.
– Jesus as non-violent revolutionary, yet crucified as terrorist.
– Remembering the woman who broke open her alabaster jar–her most precious–and anointed the feet of Jesus.
– Asking ourselves: Am I in the crowd, watching, or do I participate in the suffering of Jesus?

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Our dear SheLoves friends, we’d love to hear where YOU find yourself in the story of Easter today.

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About Kelley:

Kelley Johnson Nikondeha is co-director of Amahoro Africa and international staff member of Community of Faith with her husband Claude. She’s a thinker, connector, advocate, avid reader and mother of two beautiful children. Kelley lives between Arizona and Burundi. She loves handwritten letters, homemade pesto and anything written by Walter Brueggemann.

About Idelette:
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women.

I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth.

My word for the year is “Roar,” but I have learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice.

I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago.

I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet@idelette.

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Idelette McVicker
If you only know one thing about me, I'd love for you to know this: I love Jesus, justice and living juicy. I also happen to drive a minivan and drink my lattes plain. (My life is exciting enough!) Nineteen years ago, I moved from Taiwan to Canada to marry Scott. We have two teenagers, a preteen, a Bernese Mountain dog and a restaurant. (Ask Scott to tell you our love story.) In 2010, I founded SheLovesmagazine.com and it has now grown to include a Dangerous Women membership community, a Red Couch Bookclub, events and gatherings. I'd like to think of it as curating transformational spaces for women in community. I long for women to be strong in our faith and voice, so we can be advocates for God’s heart for justice here on earth. As an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during Apartheid, my story humbly compels me to step out for justice and everyday peacemaking. I have also seen firsthand the impact injustice has had on the lives and stories of women around the world. I refuse to stay silent. I am anti-racist and also a recovering racist. I am a Seven on the Enneagram, an INFP and I mostly wear black, with a dash of animal print or faux fur.
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