What if we stopped telling white lies? You know, the “little” lies that are supposed to be ok to tell because they are meant to soften the world, to be polite, to protect people’s feelings: like when someone asks you to go to the movies but you really don’t want to go with them so you say you are busy when you are not. Little white lies don’t hurt anyone, right? They are light, polite, and…. white. But, what if they are hurting someone, what if they keep us from a truth that we need to face—what if it is … Read the full post
My hope for Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse was that it would elicit deeper conversations about the most pressing issues in big-time sports, which mirror the most pressing issues in our country. Many of those conversations are happening and I am thankful for each one. I wanted to share one here in particular. A review of Touchdowns for Jesus appears in the online journal of Christian social justice, Unbound. The author of the review, Rachel Mastin, raised on important concern about me not including attention to “entitled athletes.” And Unbound invited me to respond. I hope you will … Read the full post
This week I am at Vanderbilt Divinity School for the second phase of the In-Forming Communities of Healing Initiative. We are exploring what it means to be a community with a healing intention at its core around issues of sexual violence and abusive power. We are exploring power through embodied practice, improvisational story telling, art, and much more. For more information about the events you can click here. There is also information on the FaceBook page.
The Wainstein Report at UNC has surfaced a lot of questions about big-time sports across this country on college campuses. Below are some reactions and conversations beyond the one that has already been happening here on this website in your responses to my post on the report. I hope you will take a look and continue the conversation about some of the most pressing issues in sports today.
Things are not always as they seem. The Wainstein report is out and the officials at UNC once again performed their oft- repeated dramatic rendition of their tale of woe. Poor UNC has been a victim of some “bad individuals” sullying the “proud history” of the oldest public university in the country. Hands are wringing, souls are being searched for, and heads must roll so that UNC can once again proudly boast of its academic excellence and resume its place on its historic moral high ground. I happened to be back in Chapel Hill for some events for my new … Read the full post
Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports
Book Signing and Reading
752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
“The Most Pressing Issues in Sports: A Night of Exploration and Conversation” with Marcia Mount Shoop, Author of Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse
Open to the Public
314 Great Ridge Parkway
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Informational flyer: TFJ Chapel in the Pines Event Flyer
Interview with D.G. Martin on 97.9 WCHL “Who’s Talking”
Imagine putting a woman in every single seat of the four home stadiums of the teams my husband, John, coached for during his NFL tenure. We would only have a fraction of the women we need to equal the number of women physically assaulted, raped, and/or stalked by an intimate partner every year in the United States.
In fact we would have to fill those four stadiums up with a woman in every seat at least thirty-eight times to have the number we needed. (click for full post)