Rock! Paper! Scissors!
Tools for anarchist + Christian thought and action
By: Nekeisha Alayna Alexis
After a simple creative process that involved suggesting all the ideas we could think of (Soapbox Sermons? Rad Rag? The UnBeliever?), Jesus Radicals co-organizers settled on Rock! Paper! Scissors! as the title of our new web journal. How the name of a decision-making hand game has become the heading for this project needs some explanation. What does this win-or-lose act of play have to do with A toolbox for anarchist + Christian thought? What does it say about our plans to shift from our current, past-its-prime blog format to a periodic collection of ideas, focused on particular topics and brought together by various editors?
While the game positions its three elements — the closed fist (rock), the flat, face-down palm (paper) and the sideways, “v” sign (scissors) — as being in competition with one another, with rock defeating scissors and paper defeating rock, we envision each of these symbols as being in harmony, politically speaking. Justice. Change. The unmaking of old patterns. The building of different worlds. These ambitions require rock and fist, written word and open palms, the cutting apart and sideways patterns of peace. We bring to each tactic the distinct perspectives of countercultural, liberationist, intersectionality-minded Christ-followers who remain intrigued and inspired by the wisdom, resistance, and possibilities of anarchism. I offer the thoughts below to provide a fuller picture of the path we hope this journal will take.
Paper calls to mind the words and readings that were and remain so influential in re-shaping how we engage the world and helped so many of us hold together Christianity and anarchism in the first place. We hope what we publish in this web journal — be it book reviews or essays; poetry or songs; audio or video or photos — will help expand our imaginations. We hope your contributions in conversation with our guest editors will help discern how God is and might be moving in various corners of our beautiful and breaking world, what the Body is to be about, what the shape of our small roles might look like, and how the kin/g/dom of rightness and justice might be on earth as it is in heaven.
So what is in the name Rock! Paper! Scissors! tools for anarchist + Christian thought? A lot it seems. Come out, come out wherever you are — authors, illustrators, poets, essayists, Christians, anarchists, cojourners — and play!
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis is co-founder and co-organizer of Jesus Radicals. She is also an occasional writer and speaker with wide-ranging interests related to human and other animal liberation, and our intersecting oppressions. Explore her random and rambling mindstate at criticalanimal.tumblr.com and everydayoppression.tumblr.com
Rock! Paper! Scissors! is a tri-annual, topic-focused, web-publication exploring the intersections of anarchist politics and Christian faith. Through following the way of Jesus in the shadow of empire, we seek to undermine systems of oppression and creatively explore possibilities for liberation from an anarchist or radical christian perspective.