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Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

May 3rd – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

30th May 1926 – 3rd May 1989

“I gave the sexual revolution a good swift kick in the pants”

-Christine Jorgensen


Christine Jorgensen was a transgender woman who is famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement treatment.

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May 1st – International Workers Day

International Workers Day

1st May


International Workers Day is a day of celebration for the working classes around the world and often involves mass demonstrations and strikes in support of workers rights, pay issues and economic injustices. 

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April 26th – Tamar

Tamar

26th April


Tamar was a virgin princess in the Old Testament. She was raped by her half-brother.

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April 23rd – Hagar

Hagar

23rd of April 


Hagar was an Egyptian slave girl who gave birth to one of the patriarchs of Israel, her story is found in the book of Genesis.

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April 14th – Kenneth Weishuhn

Kenneth Weishuhn

May 27th 1997 – April 14th 2012


Kenneth Weishuhn was an American teenager who was driven to suicide by a homophobic bullying campaign at school.

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April 9th – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

4th February 1904 – 9th April 1945

“When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die”

– The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German protestant pastor and theologian who during his short life wrote several books and articles on the Christian faith, founded the Confessing Church and actively opposed the Nazi regime, for which he was later executed. Continue reading “April 9th – Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

April 6th – Miriam 

Miriam

April 6th


Miriam was a prophet of ancient Israel who, along with her brother Moses, helped lead the Israelites to freedom in the book of Exodus.

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March 24th – Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

15th August 1917 – 24th March 1980

“The ones who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless”

Oscar Romero


Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a Roman Catholic archbishop in El Salvador who was assassinated whilst celebrating mass for speaking out in support of the poor and the oppressed. 

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March 21st – Sharpeville Massacre

The Sharpville Massacre 

21st March 1969



The Sharpville Massacre occurred in South Africa when police officers opened fire on a protest containing over 5000 attendants, killing 69 of them.  Continue reading “March 21st – Sharpeville Massacre”

March 7th – Perpetua and Felicity

Perpetua and Felicity 

7th march 203


 

Perpetua and Felicity were early Christian women, martyred in Carthage in the year 203. Their deaths are recorded in an account that allegedly includes pieces from Perpetua’s own diary along with other eyewitness accounts. At the time of their imprisonment Perpetura was a young married mother and Felicity was heavily pregnant. They were murdered for refusing to renounce their Christian faith and challenging societal pressures on the place of women in heteronormative family structures. As a result they are considered early heroes for the emancipation of Women and non-hetero families.

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February 26th – Travyon Martin & BLM Movement

Trayvon Martin & BLM

February 5th 1995 – February 26th 2012


Trayvon Martin was an African-American teenager, who’s shooting in 2012 sparked national protests in the US and lead to the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Continue reading “February 26th – Travyon Martin & BLM Movement”

February 21st – Malcolm X

Malcolm X

19th May 1925 – 21st February 1965

 “If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Speech at Audubon Ballroom, 1964, Malcolm X


Malcolm X was a prominent leader in the American Civil rights movement. A controversial figure, Malcolm X spoke out against institutional racism and advocated the use of violence as a form of defence for Black People as well as race segregation. Continue reading “February 21st – Malcolm X”

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