Dear science writers,

Stop enabling evil. The men targeting Katie Bouman, who was a team lead on the Event Horizon Telescope project that produced that image of the black hole at the center of M87, are not "trolls". Trolls want to get a rise out of people. These men are not just trying to get a rise out of her or anyone else.

They are misogynists. They hate women and can't stand the idea of a woman being successful in science.

Call them what they are.


You can beleive whatever you want to believe about the morality of various sexual orientations and gender identies. On, honest questions are always welcome (assuming they are behind a content warning).

Telling people you don’t approve of their orientation or gender identity is not allowed. Full stop. This is an affirming environment.

This include telling people “the Bible” or “God” doesn’t approve of them.

Violations earn a one-way ticket to Bans-ville.

“Now, you don’t have to believe that, but I find it very helpful.” Richard Rohr, - also the summation of the only type of religion I have space for in my broken-open heart rn 🙏🏻

I just started reading the book Parables by @SapphiraOlson, and I only just finished parable 4, but each one has given narrative to experiences I have had being in the church. I just wanted to say thanks for my free copy and recommend it to everyone!

New #TheLiturgists Podcast 

We’ve got a new episode with Richard Rohr out, in case you missed it over the weekend.

I just read these four questions, and then sat for several moments, allowing myself to contemplate the wonder of this. Allowing myself some tears of gratitude, falling over a smile of amazement. I - my words fall short right now.

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My friend Emily made an INCREDIBLE video for her spoken word piece about what it’s like to be a woman working in roles dominated by men. Wow, you’ve got to see this.

@mike I am listening to the Fear episode, and I just broke down crying when you talked about your friends reaching back, telling you that you aren’t a burden. I have had a hard time finding relationships (other than my wife) where I find people that reach back. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your trauma and your feelings, and for working to create space for those of us who feel alone, or who feel safer alone.

My partner and I have just moved house and today I am organising our books. Somehow the thoughts "I have too many books" and "I want more books" manage to co-exist in my mind at the same time.

Remember capitals in hastags for our visually impaired friends.
E.g. if you type text to voice programs may not recognise the words so will spell it out. If you type the two words will be recognised and communicated. It makes it faster for them to read a comment.

Autism book rec 

Just finished this and IT’S SO GOOD:
This quote by Steve Silberman sums it up better than I ever could: “The Real Experts offers young autistic people and their families the kind of wise mentorship from tribal elders that was unavailable in previous generations.”
TY @stackingstones for recommending it to me!

The thing about living in a hierarchical society is that there will always be far more people qualified for the "good jobs" than there are "good jobs" to go around. Those of you who have "good jobs" (and I count myself among you) would do well to remember that.

Just because somebody is employed in a in a not-so-great job doesn't say anything about their ability or relative competence...and having a "good job" doesn't say anything about yours.

Yes I cried when showed the pictures from stonewall and Pride flag. Thank you for that @vishnu it helped my heart to see a room full of good people. We’ll be free :heart_pride:

The tour was so good for my soul. Just wanted to keep shouting “Thank you!” to everyone on stage as it wrapped up tonight, but there was no voice to do so - I guess a toot will do?

The Dallas End of The World Tour was amazing!! Thanks @vishnu! Also, got my 🌎🥪 merch!

Sometimes I log in here and panic—I don’t have many mentions, and worry that the instance isn’t active. But, then I look at the Local timeline, and see lots of people having wonderful conversations.

I’m very excited to have a social platform for The Liturgists that is centered on the people, and not the podcast hosts.

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