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Radical Saints

A devotional calendar of saints, festivals and memorials for Radicals

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”

February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid

Marcella Althaus-Reid

11th May 1952 – 20th February 2009

“All theology is sexual theology. Indecent Theology is sexier than most. What can sexual stories from fetishism and sadomasochism tell us about our relationship with God, Jesus and Mary? Isn’t it time the Christian heterosexuals came out of their closets too?”

Indecent Theology, Marcella Althaus-Reid


 

Marcella Althaus-Reid was an Argentinean Theologian specialising in Liberation, Queer and Feminist theology. She is most known for coining the term ‘Indecent theology’, which is a theology of sexuality that crosses boundaries by taking experiences from those considered “indecent” by patriarchal, heterosexual society and uses the experiences found in taboo sexual practices such as Fetishism and S&M as starting points for theological discourse.  She worked as Professor of Theology at the University of Edinburgh and at the time of her appointment was the only woman professor of theology in the country. Continue reading “February 20th – Marcella Althaus-Reid”

February 19th – Sylvia Rivera

Sylvia Rivera

2nd July 1951 – 19th February 2002

 

“Hell hath no Fury like a Drag Queen scorned.”

Sylvia Rivera


Sylvia Rivera was a Drag queen and prominent LGBTI+ rights activist. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front, the Gay Activists Alliance and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. She dedicated her life to raising awareness of homeless trans youth, drag queens and trans women of colour.
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February 18th – Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings

31st July 1932 – 18th February 2007

for 48 years I’ve had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It’s hard work — but it’s vital, and it’s gratifying, and it’s often fun!”

Barbara Gittings 


Barbara Gittings was an early Gay rights activist in America. After discovering the severe lack of educational materials on homosexuality during her early teens Barbara dedicated her life to raising awareness and making positive teaching material more easily available for gay and lesbian people. 

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February 11th – Jarena Lee

Jarena Lee

11th February 1783 – 1864

““And why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? Seeing the Saviour died for the woman as well as for the man. If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”

Jarena Lee


Jarena Lee was an African American free woman who, after an intense religious awakening, became the first women authorized to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Continue reading “February 11th – Jarena Lee”

January 30th – Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948

“The Weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”

All Men are Brothers, Mahatma Gandhi


Mahatma Gandhi was a political leader in India who fought a peaceful revolution of civic disobedience against the British colonial forces.

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January 20th – St Sebastian

St Sebastian 

20th January

Saint Sebastian was a third century christian martyr from Milan. The many famous depictions of his martyrdom have made him a popular icon in the gay and fetish scenes.

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