Our Pain’s Meeting

Over the past three years I have been in a process of learning, unlearning, and trying again. Emergence has given me a language for this wrestling match, a divine lexicon for the struggle. In light of my journey, I want to explore what faith can look like when we find ourselves caught between belief and skepticism; hope and despair; human questions and divine … [Read more...]

Black Jesus

I love Black Jesus.I don’t mean the Everlast song—though that is a good one. I mean the series from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim created by Aaron MacGruder of Boondocks fame.Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as a tall, warm-hearted Jesus living in South Central LA. His closest friends are former convicts, drug dealers and a bum who betrays him regularly. He even consistently shows love to Vic (played by Charlie Murphy) despite Vic's attempts to expose Jesus as some sort of fraudulent cult lead … [Read more...]

Remembering James

When my son James was born we considered him our miracle baby. While I had three successful pregnancies with his two older sisters and brother, my second husband and I had struggled with two miscarriages before he was born. We were delighted that our newborn was healthy and surprisingly had a full head of thick, long, black hair. He would be the only child my husband and I could have together as we suffered four more miscarriages after his birth.One New Year’s Eve when his older siblings w … [Read more...]

The Re-Indigenisation of faith, indigenous people groups and Scottish Independence

As I write from St Albans just north of London UK the people of Scotland are voting on whether to become an independent nation and no longer part of the United Kingdom. By the time this post is published we will know the outcome. I have mixed feelings about this. I have no Scottish heritage, though my wife’s family in part trace their heritage to Scottish farmers who came down with the last Catholic Scots claimant to the throne, Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 to invade England and ended up as f … [Read more...]

Gospel Novum

At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.” (‭Mark‬ ‭1‬:‭9-11, 14-15‬ MSG)N … [Read more...]

Learning Action and Contemplation at Richard Rohr’s Living School

Richard Rohr’s new Living School for Action and Contemplation has launched a new synthesis of Christian learning for which I believe the world is waiting. Nearly 1,500 people converged in New Mexico two weeks ago for Rohr’s second Conspire conference and Living School Symposium. Our vocations differed and our geographical homes stretched from Vancouver to Tokyo, but we all shared a common thirst to drink from the well of mystical Christianity. The all-star roster of teachers included Epi … [Read more...]

Why I Cried at the New Community Conference

I want to be vulnerable with you and share some of my story. I want to share what breaks my heart and what gives me hope. I want to let you know a little bit about the pain I carry and how I feel God is using it in my life to bring me closer to Christ as I plod along, seeking God's dream. And I want to start by telling you why I cried in Kanuga at the New Community Conference.But before I go further, I need to explain why I'd start my initial post on this blog with a story about an Episcopal … [Read more...]

That was me.

I will be writing about authentic welcome in the church for a while. Welcome is a spiritual discipline that asks us to look into new futures, but also to enact some deeply held and deeply respected values. What does it mean to be welcoming? Exactly what is at stake?There is a thread in Scripture of offering welcome to a stranger, only later to discover that it was an angel or Jesus himself. Abraham ran to meet three strangers in the hottest part of the day. Jesus came to live in a human body … [Read more...]

Authenticity and Community

I love being part of the emergent movement. I love the space to think, learn, and grow, in ways that help bring faith to life. That space, one created in authenticity, and one that tries to live in authenticity, is something that I found liberating and engaging. As I started dipping my toe in the emergent stream, the world opened up. The Bible became more real. The exposure to older traditions than my own opened the door to new experiences of faith that have been tested over time and found … [Read more...]

Perfect Love casts out all Fear. Even Media induced Fear.

Growing up in the Epicenter of all known culture in Georgia,West Georgia,Douglasville to be exact- I learned a lot about the world. I learned a lot about taxidermy, camouflage, and the King James Version of the Bible. My mama told me that Jesus loved the little children, red and yellow black and white. We sang the song in my small Sunday school classroom. Although, racial slurs came from every direction outside of the church. It seemed that the baptiscostal hills of the Piedmont had not … [Read more...]