I'm very proud to announced that Rev. Josh Pawelek is Creedible's newest blogger. He currently serves as minister of Unitarian Universalist Society: East in Manchester and when it comes to social justice issues, Pawelek is one of the most passionate people I know. He has worked as an anti-racism educator and organizer with the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston and remains very active in the Hartford area. He serves as president of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice; chairman of the Connecticut Clergy for Full Equality; is on the steering committee of the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Healthcare; and is a leader in the Just Peace clergy anti-violence initiative in North Hartford.
Pawelek, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, is sure to bring some fresh perspectives to Creedible. He's off to a powerful start as Creedible's seventh blogger with his post "Reading Sonia Sanchez," where he explains why he chose his blog to be titled "Staying on the Battlefield: Reflections on 21st Century Social Justice Struggles."
He writes, "This blog is called “Stay on the Battlefield.” Yeah, that’s right. This peace-loving, nonviolent, turn-the-other cheek Unitarian Universalist minister says stay on the battlefield. Actually, this title comes from a line in a Sonia Sanchez poem called “Sweet Honey in the Rock.” I’m not exactly sure when it was first published, but I found it in a 1999 Beacon Press Sanchez collection called Shake Loose My Skin. In this poem she says, “I’m gonna stay on the battlefield till I die.” She also says, “I’m gonna' treat everybody right till I die.”
You can read his entire blog here.