Inaugural Lament

Today is a rough day.Today we know that the world is not right.Today we sit in ashes.Today we rend our garments.Today we cry.Today we grieve.Today we wonder how the hell this happened.Today we make plans for what to do if things go horribly wrong.Today we see the ugliness of humanity's glare.Today we see our brothers and sisters tremble.Today we stare down privilege, hate, and pain.Today we see marching bands clank and squawk.Today we see evil … [Read more...]

Beyond Dreaming, Toward Repentance

"It is my fear that, though we may not embrace an outright substitutionary atonement theology of Jesus, we have embraced a substitutionary atonement theology of Dr. MLK Jr. That is to believe that Dr. King existed in his life solely to die to pay off the sins of white racists, and that because of his death, we don’t have to do any work beyond believing in what a nice fellow that Dr. King was. What a nice fellow that Dr. King was. With that dream of his and all. Sure glad he ended racism so that I … [Read more...]

An Inaugural Prayer

Holy God,Help UsHelp us learn that we are our brother's keeper.Help us to know that we need each other.That each one is connected to every other one. We need empathy. We need compassion. We need ears to hear, hearts to feel, and mouths to stop talking.Break our pride, replace it with dedication to your Kingdom's goal, that all will know you and none will want or cry.As we face another political transition, we beg you, God, to grant our leaders:PatienceA thirst for … [Read more...]

Grace-Filled Conversations.

I’m really great at getting into Facebook flame wars. I want to say that I am not proud of that, but if I am honest, sometimes I am very proud of it. I like to know that I have gotten under my opponent’s skin. I like to know that I have bested them in the artful way that I can mix logic, metaphor, and personal example until I get them to the point where they know that if they disagree with me, they will look foolish, mean-spirited, and racist, (or sexist, or homophobic, ect). This is not a good p … [Read more...]

A letter to my congregation after the election

 Dear Beloveds,I am writing to witness that for some of you, the election results from this week present an intense challenge and disappointment. My heart and my will are with you. It will be a time of adjustment for all of us, to move to a new administration. I want to write a for a moment specifically to those who are grieving, especially grieving the world that could have been.1. It is real and reasonable that you are upset.For some of you who have labored for civic … [Read more...]

A Post-Election Poem

I want you to keep my name out of your mouth.It doesn't matter where you go, East, West,  North, or South,you've got at lot to say about me.I'm everything you need. I hold the key,to your success,but all you leave me with is fear.What comes next?Are you actually going to fix all the broken windows,broken lives, broken families, broken hearts?You want me to think this is where the solution starts.Here, with a vote for you,but really, when you look at … [Read more...]

To all Allies in the Episcopal Church and Beyond, Shocked by the Election

I’m writing this post to my fellow progressive, white Episcopalians, but I also write it mindful of the many allies out there who are not Episcopalian. While some of what I write may not pertain to those outside of the Episcopal Church, I believe this post is relevant to many who are dealing with the implications of this election and are trying to find a way forward.I want to be clear up front about where I am coming from. I love my church. I love my country.  I write this post from my co … [Read more...]

Supporting Jory

I am writing this post in support of Jory Micah.Jory focuses her work on women’s equality in the church, specifically in the evangelical church. If you are not familiar with her work, I would encourage you to visit her site and give it a read.She's a women's equality warrior who has had a rough couple of weeks. Her life’s work has casually been dismissed in blog posts and she was trolled (aka harassed) endlessly for several day by other “Christians”. While these are not unique occurre … [Read more...]

Microagressions

 According to Dictionary.com, a microaggression is "a subtle, but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other non-dominant group that is often unintentional, or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype." This isn't actually a new idea. The term was created by the psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce in 1970. I have heard many people dismiss the idea or say that it is just another silly part of politically correct culture. My first response to that is, why is it such a terrible … [Read more...]

A Little Bapticostal Misfit Bible Study

I absolutely adored Bible studies as a young evangelical. Finding my way into the progressive world, I desire to still dig in the Bible.So, here's my first little Bible Study for you and your friends. Have fun with this! I'm totes just asking questions, and I'd like for you to reflect on the answers you dig up.1. What were the scriptures Jesus would have accessed? A) Do you access those scriptures regularly? B) how do they inform your ethics and practices?2. How did Jesus treat … [Read more...]