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May 30, 2020

Today Minneapolis burns. Unrest grows in Atlanta, Louisville, New York, spreading like a wildfire of rebellion. Communities and young people are mourning the modern-day lynchings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery--violence in which cruelty was the poin...

December 17, 2019

"The incarnation of Christ claims that God’s Spirit resides in human flesh—in tender feet, blistered by flight; in the parched throat aching with thirst; in the stench of sweat-slickened fear. The Bible makes plain God’s call to welcome the stranger, to care for the fo...

November 14, 2019

Excerpted from the August 2019 issue of US Catholic: 

"Jean Parks was a 20-year-old sophomore at Davidson College when her sister Betsy Rosenberg, four years older, was found beaten to death next to her vehicle across the street from the North Carolina State University...

November 8, 2019

Excerpted...

"...In those living with differences and disabilities, we witness what Nouwen described as the incarnation of the great paradoxes of the gospel: 'that the last will be first, that those who lose their lives will gain them, that the poor are blessed, and tha...

April 12, 2019

            This Lenten blogseries on forgiveness draws to a close next week, the holiest week of the Christian calendar when we accompany Jesus from the jubilant shouts of Palm Sunday through the bittersweet last supper, the anguished death of Good Friday, all the way...

April 5, 2019

            As a pastor, I led an annual retreat for incarcerated mothers and their youth. To pull it off, our prison ministry collaborated with a sister congregation and the chaplains serving at this minimum security prison in the mountains of western North Carolina,...

March 28, 2019

            In his timeless address to the graduates of Spelman College class of 1980, the Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman said, “If I were to ask you what is the thing that you desire most in life…and you tried to answer that question, it may be something like this:...

March 22, 2019

            In October of 2018, nine-year old Jeremiah Harvey exited a bodega in Brooklyn when his bookbag brushed the backside of a grown woman. Teresa Klein’s white privilege kicked into high gear, and she determined the correct course of action would be to call 911....

March 13, 2019

“Did I go on a tangent?

Did I lie through my teeth?

Did I cause you to stumble on your feet?

Did I bring shame on my family?

Did it show when I was weak?

Whatever you see, that wasn’t me.”

            The song begins with a haunting hook, repeats the refrain, “Whatever you s...

January 18, 2019

       James Baldwin claimed “the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it, and history is literally present in all that we do.” We who are alive today embody all that’s inaugurated this ur...

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