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[Power] Negotiations.  San Francisco USA, May 2013.

“Power for offer no assurances of safety or purity or predictability. Mainly through feigning power over has Christian power ever offered such promises. Living power for, giving power for, stands on a convenant more fragile, often tragic, more vulnerable, more poignant. And yet it is a sustaining power…. While social norms and laws will sometimes no doubt be broken by kenotic power, this power will also sometimes be one that yields to another’s boundaries, one that regards that boundary, sanctifies the boundary, through the chrism of care. In these cases it is as though the chrism on the edge of our gesture for the other stops short of touching the other, unimposing, dripping into the space between, marking the difference: not smearing christic identity where it is refused, but releasing it into the space of acknowledgement, letting Christ be embodied in just such honorable and nonpossessive acknowledgement.”

Anna Mercedes, POWER FOR: FEMINISM AND CHRIST’S SELF-GIVING (2011)

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