“Dads Don’t Babysit!” When Black Fathers Love in the Midst of Injustice

A photo of Cbabi Bayoc’s half-finished painting R.I.P. SON © Cbabi Bayoc, 2014]

Just over a year ago, under a midnight sky, African American artist Cbabi Bayoc stood alone, painting at the cross-section of Canfield Drive and West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, not far from where police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male, just a few weeks earlier on August [Read More...]

“There Is a Wide, Wide Wonder In It All”: The Blessing of Black Fathers

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“Because that’s my job.” That was my father’s answer when I asked him why he served our family so excellently. Each week my father worked a different shift: 6am to 2pm; 10pm to 6am; 2pm to 10pm. He worked this soul-destroying schedule for more than thirty years. He gained employment in factories and the unskilled [Read More...]

Coming Out as Bi (polar)

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The Rev. Aaron Maurice Saari At my ordination service, a friend who is a biblical storyteller performed the story of the Gerasenes Demoniac as reported in Mark 5:1-20. To some it might have seemed an odd selection for an ordination, but my small claim to fame in academic circles is being an expert on both [Read More...]


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