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March 6, 2017

After hearing about Trump's visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and visiting the museum myself a few days later, I wondered how someone could see all the things I saw there and still support some of the policies and positions the new ad...

September 28, 2016

The Beatitudes (A Contemporary Paraphrase):

Blessed are the undocumented, the imprisoned, and families on welfare, 

 For theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Blessed are those who lament injustice, violence, abuse, and oppression, 

 For they will be comforted

Blessed are th...

July 21, 2016

If Trump is good at anything, it’s building a brand. What Trump has done over the last year or so has been building a different kind of brand you might call: Trumpism.

Trumpism is a new brand of American racism. It is a new iteration of the same old American racism tha...

June 2, 2016

 

 

  

On June 3rd, thousands of socially conscious Christian young people will descend on Chicago to talk justice.

 

The Justice Conference is an annual event created for Christ-followers to gather, engage with, and better understand how to address major justice issues (ac...

May 5, 2016

 

 

 (Trigger warning: this article references general cases of abuse in the Church and in society.)

 

"Do you feel your most authentic self in church?" This is a question I like asking Christian groups to gauge the level of authenticity and honesty within their church com...

April 4, 2016

 

 (Photo credit: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

 

By now you've probably heard the new Macklemore song "White Privilege II." Macklemore attempts to call out white privilege for a new generation in ways Peggy McIntosh did in 1988 when she first introduced her essay:...

March 17, 2016

 

 Photo Credit: Jens Koning

 

 

I wrote this reflection for Mission Year's march newsletter to highlight the need for a broader view of the challenges in our cities:

 

The old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he will eat for a life...

February 8, 2016

The American Delusion

(A poem of resistance and remembrance)

 

The American dream is an illusion
Land of opportunity?
a Trumped up delusion 

A legacy of terror we still refuse to see

Land of the free?

Home of the slave and the lynching tree.

 

Founded on the supremacy of the A...

January 26, 2016

 

For the second year in a row, no people of color were nominated for academy awards in any of the four acting categories, leading to public criticism of the Oscars, celebrity boycotts, and the return of the hashtag: #Oscarssowhite

 

While I don't believe the Oscar...

January 17, 2016

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'

 

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons...

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