Welcome to Off the Page this Week where you will normally find images, interesting articles and thoughtful videos from the last week. This week has been a different week on the site. Each piece on Off the Page this week discussed the shootings, violence, and hate that rose to the surface from the tragedies in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, and Nice. While the conversation has become louder and more widespread, it has been brewing for months, years, and decades.

 

My mind was never too far away from thinking on these things this week. I don’t want it to be. I don’t want my thoughts and actions to only be this week, forgotten until the next mass shooting, next police shooting, next terrorist attack. We must continually talk about it until change occurs. Someone on Twitter posted an old Mary Oliver quote that seemed fitting:

 

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So for Off the Page This Week, here is a list of the essays we published “telling about it”.

“You can’t serve up hope so simply, so cutely, without holding in your hand at the same time all this suffering, all these unanswered questions, all this doubt and fear and helplessness.” [Sarah Wells in A Gluttony of Peace]

“When we allow ourselves to believe that love is the absence of hate, we have allowed evil masquerading as love to invade our hearts. That isn’t love. That’s being indifferent to sin.” [Sara Nave Fisher in When Love Isn’t Enough]

“When tragedies take place, I want to mourn them in humble silence until I am given healing words to speak.” [Aaron Housholder in Ungodly Noise]

“I confess that I still care so much more about the tiny minutiae of my life than the horrible pain in the lives of others.” [Cara Strickland in A Confession]

“If you want to join the fight against racial oppression. Then begin by acknowledging that the problem is not the color of our skin. The problem is the color of injustice.” [Tiffany Thomas in The Color of Justice]

“Like so many I have watched the Black Lives Matter movement at a distance these last few years, not sure if I was welcome.” [Stina Kielsmeier Cook in Wax]

“When I see the faces of Alton Sterling and Eric Garner, I see my father’s face.” [Khristi and Chloe Adams in Our Dad: Both Law Enforcement and a Black Man]

“The victims of injustice are simply asking for me to say something. To let them know that I hear them. That I believe them.” [Andrew Seaman in Why I’ve Decided to Not Remain Silent]

“Now is a moment for us to be human—to share in our grief; to say this sucks; to cry; to wonder; to wrestle with our faith; to find faith; and to embrace the ugliest parts of what it means to walk this earth.” [Shakirah Hill in We Have Tomorrow]