102: Coffee with Irene DeMaris


irenedemaris1Irene DeMaris references everything from Genesis and Matthew to Donald Trump and abortion. Tying a bow on recent discernment and graduation from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry Irene is available for hire! She is a public and highly practical theologian rooted in social justice that is fueled by grace to be an ally, advocate, and agitator who walks with others as they recognize and grasp their God-given agency. She is serious about ministry, discernment and faith without losing her happiness and joy.

irenedemaris6Irene speaks theologically about Jacob sleeping on a rock in Genesis 28 (v.11/18) because sometimes we wrestle and are uncomfortable in our faith journeys. Irene talks about the Canaanite woman who persevered in her life because that is what it takes to be a woman in the face of the world, then and now. She has passion and giftedness around being an advocate for women’s health, choice and justice.

21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ 23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ 24He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ 25But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ 26He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ irenedemaris527She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ 28Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly. – Matthew Chapter 15

It’s one thing to discern between you and God that you feel called to something. It is something else to have one’s callings affirmed by our faith organizations and our elders. Irene was recently appointed the chairperson of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA, learn more). That appointment came after serving as the Convener of the Creative Liberation Mobilization Team.

PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT

Messages Image(1258132698)I am a public (and highly practical) theologian rooted in social justice that is fueled by grace to be an ally, advocate, and agitator who walks with others as they recognize and grasp their God-given agency.

Blog Excerpt (from I Had a Dream Last Night I Stood Up Against Being Objectified)

“… I have to think that this dream is related to the Presidential Election and all the backlash that Mr. Donald Trump has finally received. His bragging on sexual assault took it too far for many people (but not me) and lack of repentance even further. But what was ultimately highlighted was the systemic sexism that plagues our society. The one that teaches girls that they are not enough, that teaches boys that girls are objects. The one that makes it so a sorority girl doesn’t report rape because it will shut down their sorority on campus, that doesn’t prosecute men for sexually assaulting that woman. The one that makes it so women feel unsafe on the subway because a man feels entitled to grope her.

“Now, I am not sure what the answer is, but I have a few quick suggestions:

  • Talk and teach your children about consent.
  • Teach boys and men healthy masculinity.
  • Women, start speaking up and sharing your stories if it is safe for you to do so.
  • Men, start listening to women.
  • Men, start standing up for women and telling the Donald’s in your life that they are partaking in unacceptable behavior.
  • Vote on November 8th. #nevertrump
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Links:

Irene’s Blogirenedemaris7

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry

Washington State University

Methodist Federation for Social Action

Valley and Mountain

SAFE (stand against foreclosures and evictions)

Matthew Chapter 15:21-28

Twitter: @therealIRD