Threats Foreign and Domestic: a Manchester Bombing and a Maryland Murder

This is a post about terrorism. It has no artful nuance. No snarky edge, no hilarious sarcasm to offset a painful truth, and probably not even a little bit of poetic syntax to make it go down easier. I'm just going to say some things that are true.Last night, kids were killed in a terrorist bombing. Kids at a concert. This was a callous act of violence, perpetrated by extremists who have no regard for the sanctity of human life. They are blinded by their hatred and find some sick form of … [Read more...]

Mourning the Terrible Legacy of Roger Ailes

As a person of faith, I do not celebrate death.Death can be peaceful; death can be a necessary end to an imminent threat; it can sometimes even be a welcome end to suffering. But in any case, it is a weighty thing--mysterious, and as sacred as life itself. As the Psalmist says "such knowledge is too wonderful for me." There are certain things that our mortal imaginations can't grasp, around which our human ways of processing the world should tread lightly.Which is to say, I will not be … [Read more...]

11 Reasons President Pence Would Not Be “Just As Bad”

I know. I know. Practically every week since Trump announced his candidacy, there's been a "surely this will be the end of him" headline, and none of them ultimately amount to anything. And even now, there remains a carefully crafted narrative that his base will uphold no matter what.And yet. This one might be different.Things are starting to hit the fan. Even his biggest supporters in the House and Senate are starting to skulk away, with midterms on their minds. It is getting harder to m … [Read more...]

Duke Drama: A Lesson In Mission Focus

A guest post from my friend (and Duke Divinity School alum) Chris Furr. When I attended orientation as an incoming student at Duke Divinity School in January of 2003, Dr. Willie Jennings, then Dean of Academic Affairs in the Divinity School, entered the room holding a sculpture. The sculpture was of a woman, seated, holding her hands in her lap. She was holding them as if they were in pain, and her knuckles and hands were swollen. She wore an exhausted expression on her face. Dr. Jennings … [Read more...]

Prayer for Uncertain Times: Embracing Mystery as an Act of Resistance

Most of our human existential crises can be traced to a single source: our deep desire to KNOW.We may expect our friends to keep a lid on what happened in last night's episode of whatever, until we can get home and catch up on the DVR. But in real life? Forget it. Give us the spoiler alerts. We want to KNOW. We want to know when we'll find love, and if love will last; we want to know when we'll land that job, or make that move, or fall into that fortune; we want to know that our retirement is … [Read more...]

Trumped Up Religious Freedom: What It Does, What It Doesn’t

In honor of National Day of Prayer, President Trump--pretending to know what prayer is--made good on a campaign promise to protect religious freedom.Sort of.Maybe you've missed this in the newsfeed, what with the horror show that is the GOP health plan. So let's recap: since before he was elected, DJT has promised to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which restricts the political activity of non-profit organizations. Including churches. Vowing to "protect" Christians from being "bullied" and … [Read more...]

Selling Cookies and Laughing Out Loud: Another Day, Another Fight for Girls

EVERY DAY. Every day it's something. Something to remind us that all of our systems of power are designed to restrict women. Civilization as we know it is ordered to control women's bodies, voices, and range of authority. Say all you want that we have laws to protect our rights, and that we have come farther than our grandmothers ever dreamed, etc. The Patriarchy is alive and well.Exhibit A: The Archdiocese of Kansas City just announced that the Catholic Church in the metro area will sever i … [Read more...]

This One Is Different, and It’s Also Just the Same: On the Death of Jordan Edwards

Last night, Jordan Edwards--a 15 year old football player and outstanding student--was shot and killed by a police officer in Balch Srings, Texas. Even as the story continues to unfold, a few things are clear. In some ways, this one is different.But in some fundamental ways, it’s the same story we hear far too often. Or rather, a story that happens far too often, but about which we hear far too little--because the majority of police killings (especially of young black men) do not turn into v … [Read more...]

9 Things that Should Be Easy (and 1 That Should Not)

I loved my previous life, I loved my previous life. I had so many things going... I actually, this is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier.Incomplete sentences and 2nd grade vocabulary aside, this was yesterday's not-so-shocking statement from President Man-Child about how very hard it is to be him. I say not-so-shocking, because his narcissism and complete willingness to be obtuse about his own privilege is something we've seen before. So of course he thinks his … [Read more...]