Nevertheless She Persisted

[Credit] One of my former students from when I served on staff with InterVarsity, is a proud multi-racial Native American who has recently taken up the mantle of resistance at her children's elementary school who uses R-dsk*ins as their school mascot. She frequently posts screenshots of the hateful & personal attacks other parents at the school launch at her as they inexplicably fight to keep this word as their mascot name.The ensuing battle has been so intense the local news recently aired a few minutes of the community gathering in which the Board of Education disappointingly ruled to keep the mascot name.  During the video an older white gentleman stood at the microphone with anger & disgust & forcefully told my friend that anyone who didn't like discrimination in this country can leave with his packing assistance. She replied, "we were here first, I'll help you pack." The irony of a descendant of an immigrant so foolish to utter those words to the descendant of an … [Read more...]

Reflect

What do I reflect? Is it anger, beauty, sacrifice, love, hate, disappointment?  The complexity of all-of-the-above?(How terribly inconvenient of us humans to exist with such a myriad of reflections, eh?)When I think my last two highly emotive, off-the-cuff, honest posts not only do I get another vulnerability hangover but I wonder if I'm reflecting to you the version of myself I want to be?Because, reconciliation.Not just reconciliation between the halves of my racial and ethnic identity: white + black.  But because of: Me + You.  Husband + Wife.  Brother + Brother, all-things-to-all-things, all-people-to-all-people.  That, shalom-DEEP reconciliation that penetrates and permeates relationships so fully it is washed over in grace, love, truth, kindness, longs-uffering, faithfulness and more.  God is wholly other.  That's how he rolls.  It is because of THAT hope, because of that wholly other love that pushed reconciliation to it's furthest limits.  He put the weight of the … [Read more...]