Lace Up, and Go Care for the Wounded

A sad truth for today: I have maybe the best, most timely and important post of my blogging tenure… and I can’t publish it. It’s not my story to tell. It’s a word from a good friend of mine, a (well-decorated) military chaplain recently returned from a deployment in the Middle East. I asked this friend today to share some perspective on the POTUS Tweet (never a legit, checks and balances legislation, but always a damn middle school moment in 140 characters or less). Anyway, I asked my friend to … [Read more...]

Rev. William Barber II is the Voice of the Moral Minority

I had this whole post in my head... about Trump's unbelievable Tweet criticizing the mayor of London. Our president implied that Mayor Khan dismissive of the recent terror attacks, saying that they were "Nothing to worry about." When in fact, the Mayor actually said that London citizens should "not be alarmed" by the increased police presence. I was going to write a post discussing the importance of context in all things. In addition to being insensitive and opportunistic, Trump's statement was w … [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...]

Signs of Strength: Thoughts on the Women’s March

Guest post: Dr. Kimberly JonesOne of the first signs that I saw as we trekked into Washington DC for the Women’s March contained these iconic words:Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.Since the election, I have despaired that our country has moved so far from this welcoming spirit… until yesterday.I gathered … [Read more...]

Moana, the “Other” Princess: Thoughts on Identity and Belonging

Guest post: by Rev. Allison RuariWhen I was three, I learned the words to “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” After hearing “Red and Yellow, Black and White/They are precious in his sight,” I had to reconcile that I was none of those colors (nor was my Samoan father). Still, I knew Jesus loved me (and my father). So what did I do? I asked questions and made the music director change the words. The new words weren’t perfect, but they served my purpose and the conversation encouraged others to t … [Read more...]

From the Crowd to the Cross: On Palm Sunday, Politics, and Religious Liberty

Palm Sunday--the gateway to Holy Week. Which is not only deeply sacred and important and full of all the meaning and all the feelings… but also the busiest week of the year for church folks. Dust the corners, print extra bulletins, shine the brass, eat your Wheaties, and for sure print extra bulletins. Gather early in the narthex and line up all the kids, and start the madness with a parade. We’ve been here before.Which is to say, I’ve got stuff to do. And I am so tired of writing about WHAT … [Read more...]

Red Tape at the Table

Picture this: a devout woman, active in her local parish, has been denied communion for years, because her husband (not her) has been previously married. Therefore, her marriage is not considered legit by the Church. So she writes a letter to the Vatican.I’m not sure what sort of response she was expecting. But what she got was a call from THE POPE. He calls her up, says, it's cool, you can take communion. No biggie.She leaks the call to the media, so for about 5 minutes, Catholics e … [Read more...]

Another Dream

Holy smokes. I am just getting around to reading Jimmy Carter's piece about gender inequality in the church. If you haven't read it yet, please do so today. Even if it feels like preaching to the choir in some of our circles, he speaks far more eloquently and broadly the truth that so many of us have been hollering about for decades, given his perspective from within the tradition. And also, he was the freakin President of the free world. Somehow, I feel this good word carries a little more … [Read more...]