#Charlottesville – What Can I Do?

The events in Charlottesville are overwhelming, infuriating, depressing, sad, and scary. Processing everything going on will take time, patience, and community. And that last part, community, is where we can find comfort, help, and motion forward. (Here is a resource that can help us process these events and create community.) We need time to lament, to reflect, to call out injustice, to scream, to listen to music, and to tremble. But the question I have gotten the most these last… Read more

What Should I Say When I Have Nothing More to Say

A woman died yesterday. Her name is Heather. I did not know her, but I know her mother. Heather’s mother is exactly the kind of person who would raise a daughter that would be willing to give her life to defend the sacredness and rights of another. I don’t know what to say any more. I feel like there is nothing left to be said. Black lives matter. That should not be up for debate. White Supremacy is wrong and… Read more

Hagar and Sally

Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape and sexual violence. Sally Hemings was not a mistress. She was a young, enslaved  girl who was raped by the man that owned her. Hagar was not a second wife. She was also a young, enslaved girl who was raped by the man that owned her. Rape is any non-consensual sex. Consent can only be given by adults who are fully in their right mind, not under any sort of duress, and who have the… Read more

You Need to Listen to Richard Spencer: A Christian Response to Racism

  As a Black woman in the United States, I have spent too much of my life trying to avoid people like Richard Spencer. Recently, however, I watched an interview with him and I want you all to see it. Let me tell you why. I grew up in a small Virginia town that lacked diversity. My life has been spent with mostly White people, so much so that I am often made fun or rejected from Black social circles, but… Read more

Mamie, Did you Know? A Mother’s Day Poem for Mamie Till-Mobley

Mamie, did you know that your baby boy would one day be pulled from the water? Mamie, did you know that your baby boy would not be allowed to have his own sons or daughters? Did you know that your baby boy would someday make the news? This child that you’ve delivered, would face so much abuse? Mamie, did you know that your baby boy, would one day make you famous? Mamie, did you know that his death, it would… Read more

I’m Sorry: Reflection on Grief for Holy Saturday

  Easter is great, no question, but today, the day before, is a day to hold our grief. Maybe the day before, the best thing we can say to each other is, “I’m sorry.” I’m sorry that the kindest, gentlest teacher who didn’t take any nonsense, either, is dead. There had been this moment, when maybe everything was going to be all right. There was a moment when Pilate said, “It’s clear that he’s done nothing wrong, let alone anything deserving… Read more

A Maundy Thursday Reflection

John 13:33-35  Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”   “Little children, I… Read more

Parable of the Triangle: Blessed are those who communicate directly

Anonymous complaints in churches can be a common source of conflict. They leave the recipient, minister or staff, unable to follow-up with the dissatisfied party and collaborate within relationship. This story is meant to illustrate some of those pitfalls. And it came to pass that Zebulon the Elder passed by a table of wares of Micah the Baker. Zebulon, having no small hunger, resolved to buy a small loaf. “Kinfriend Micah,” he inquired, “how much do you charge for a… Read more

Tony Campolo: Returning Agency to the Body of Christ through Spiritual Practice

Saturday afternoon, at a church near our home, beloved pastor Tony Campolo*, shared that his Ignatian contemplative practices are one key way to ready his body vessel for a daily infusion of Holy Spirit’s healing power. I openly wept, recognizing that yoga and centering prayer do the same for me. Although Ignatian spirituality and Yoga developed independently, they have similar goals: union with God, and living life with more vibrancy. Had I already known my mind, my fears, curiosities, judgments,… Read more

The Shiny Face of Jesus; A Transfiguration Sunday Sermon

This Sermon, based on Matthew 17:1-9, was preached by the author at American University for the United Methodist community’s Sunday evening service on Transfiguration Sunday. Have you ever had a mountain top experience? One of those movements when the Kingdom feels close enough to touch, and the love and mercy, and justice, and grace of God seem to be flowing in and around you. The fire of the Holy Spirit is burning in your belly, and when you close your… Read more

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