The term body positivity may be new to you. At its root, body positivity is a social movement that makes this claim: All bodies are good bodies. It says no to our mainstream culture that values thin, White, heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied bodies over and above all others. The body positivity we discuss in this book is not a shallow affirmation of our appearance or a platitude that can be captured in an Instagram post. Body positivity, in this book, is an act of radical self-love.
—Anne Cummings, My Body Is Good: Giving Up Diet Culture and Embracing Body Positivity for Lent (Upper Room Books, 2022)
Why do you think the second greatest commandment tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? Join the conversation.
[Jesus] responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
—Luke 10:27 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help me to
acknowledge, perhaps for the first time,
the beliefs about my body that I have
held for so long. Guide me in sorting
which beliefs are helpful and which are
harmful. Lead me back to you and
to this body that you called good. Amen.
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Join us on March 18, 2023, for an online Academy Day Apart retreat, where we will focus on the spiritual practices of silence and contemplation as we journey intentionally through this Lenten season. We will be guided by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, authors of Psalms for Black Lives. In our time together during this retreat, Gabby and Andrew will help us engage the Psalms to create a laboratory of justice imagination. Learn more and register here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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