“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...]

Mommy, are your boobies broken?

[Editor's Note: This is the third in a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last May.] I ordered this book, not so much for its wisdom (though there is plenty of wisdom in it), but for its title. I laughed out loud when I saw it, and I knew that I [Read More...]

Why I’m a Christian, Still


The relentless religious decline of my fellow Americans doesn’t really surprise me — even as I am one who loves the church, claims it as my spiritual home, and wonders why people don’t “get it” the way do. It’s just that I know too many perfectly wonderful people – friends, family, colleagues – who simply hold zero [Read More...]

Can we Stop for a Minute? A Call for an Ecclesiastical Intervention


It never changes. At every event, at every workshop, in so many of our sanctuaries and board rooms the conversation is all the same. Seemingly daily new books are published which contain some version of a response to the same conversation. “The Church is Dying! What do we do? What’s next? How will we make [Read More...]

6 Ways to Reach Millennials: The Future of Progressive Christianity


by Glenn Zuber The recent May 12th Pew poll (“America’s Changing Religious Landscape”) added a new wrinkle to the familiar debate over why established, traditional U.S. churches aren’t attracting younger generations like they used to in the 1950s. It turns out that Millennials more than Baby Boomers and Gen Xers don’t trust institutions of any kind and so they [Read More...]

The Future of Progressive Christianity: What If…?


What if the people leaving the Church are the collective voice of God to us, the Church, today? This question offered by Mark Sandlin in his post for our new series on The Future of Progressive Christianity sets the tone for a frank, deeply thoughtful, and ultimately inspiring symposium at Patheos this week. Mark’s lead question, firmly grounded in [Read More...]

Missing Sunday Mornings


[Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.] For 15 years, I have worked 48 Sunday mornings each year. That is 720 Sundays out of 780. The vast majority of these 720 Sundays working have been spent [Read More...]

#WhenSandySpeaks: “There is Something Out There That We Can Do”


Do you recognize Sandra Annette Bland? Do you see yourself when you look at the face of this 28-year-old black woman, this young adult who died in a police cell on July 13, 2105? Do you see your daughter, your baby girl, your smart, beautiful baby girl, your baby girl? Do you see your sister, [Read More...]

The Bipolar God


by Aaron Maurice Saari On the day that my first piece for Patheos, Coming Out as Bi (polar), was published, I entered my first 24-hour period without a filled antipsychotic prescription. By the time it reached 72 hours, I was unable to take care of myself. Owed to miscommunication with the psychiatrist’s office, insurance snafus (that still plague [Read More...]

I Have Cancer. Yes, I Have Breast Cancer.


[Editor's Note: This is the first is a series of posts we'll be featuring by the Rev. Deborah Dean-Ware, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. She is blogging about her journey and has graciously agreed to share some posts with us at Patheos. This is the first post she wrote back in June.]   It has been [Read More...]

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


“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...]

Liberal Protestants, Social Justice and Antisemitism: Reflections on the BDS Movement

By Mark E. Gammon With the astounding pace of news over the last couple of weeks, it was easy to miss one small item. The United Church of Christ became the latest liberal Protestant denomination to endorse “boycotts and divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.” As David Palumbo-Liu recently reported at Salon.com, the [Read More...]