I am a person of Mayan descent. … The constraints that most Christians want me to submit to seem like just another example of the ways that they have colonized me and my people.
Z Shane Zaldivar in
“Light Shining in the Darkness”
OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance
Z’s article is one that we developed in conversation–literally. We had a conversation (and then a follow up) where Z talked and I recorded. The result is a candid look at what it means to be an indigenous, Marine veteran, who is queer and trans in Western Christianity.
Z’s chapter, “Light Shining in the Darkness,” will appear in OtherWise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance (forthcoming spring 2020) from OtherWise Engaged Publishing.
Z Shane Zaldivar is a Social Justice Warrior with 20+ years of experience advocating for marginalized community’s. He uses his identity as a Veteran, Indigenous, Queer, Trans Man of Color to support all people. His calling has been to support those experiencing homelessness and his specialty is suicide prevention and crisis management. When Z isn’t advocating for the needs of others you can find him on the Duck River connecting with Spirit/Ancestor or co-creating memories with his family and pack.
Join us in celebrating the #SacredOtherWise! Claim your own story during March 2020! Possible hashtags include:
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