Read the Comments: Terence Crutcher and Our Sin of Silence

Again. AGAIN.Again this morning I am sitting in front of the screen with the struggle that is starting to feel all too familiar--to watch, or not to watch?I do not want to watch the video of Terence Crutcher being shot by police. It is no small thing to witness the end of a human life. I've been in the room when people die. More than once. In those cases, it is a sacred thing. But it is no small thing, that passage. It is a holiness that I hold lightly--but never take lightly. And … [Read more...]

While You Were Watching Melania: Rep. Steve King’s Telling Racist Remarks

While everyone was busy watching the absurd 60-Minutes interview; while we laughed at the disastrous rolling out of his VP pick, and the subsequent rolling back of the dumbfounding logo (the memes tho...totally worth it); while we shook our heads at the Melania plagiarism fiasco and wondering Michelle should take it as a weird sort of compliment(?); something else was happening:Iowa Congressman Steve King made an overtly racist statement in a public forum; and exactly nothing hap … [Read more...]

Who is My Neighbor? Police Shootings and Those We Leave For Dead

I am writing a book about family values--not the James Dobson kind, that are dependent on your family being a man+woman+2.5 kids+terrier. I'm writing about the kinds of values that do not rely on compliance with rigid gender roles, or a particular expression of "right belief." They are values that each unique family and faith community can discuss, apply, and live with intention, to find meaning and greater connection.The value that I'm struggling to articulate today is: justice. We say it's … [Read more...]

They Want Us Dead: Hate and Marginalized Communities

A powerful guest post from my college friend, Shawn McGuffey. An important read that needs to be shared far and wide--and I'm proud to share it here. “They want us dead. I’m gay. They want us dead.”This morning I woke up smiling. Laughing. And making jokes with my partner. While morning laughter is usually as routine for us as eating and brushing teeth, it was notable today because we have not done so since the tragic massacre in Orlando this past weekend where 49 people – primarily Latin … [Read more...]

Gaps in History: Talking to Kids About Race and Privilege

 My niece--my daughter's cousin and BFF since birth--is biracial. Together, these girls choreograph synchronized dance routines and wear matching outfits and get identical toys at Christmas. And it has never once occurred to them that there is any difference between them. That to some people's eyes, they do not look like family. I've always been grateful that skin color is not even on the radar for them.Maybe at some level, I thought the depth of that relationship could take the pl … [Read more...]

The Trump Rally is the New Klan Rally

I wasn't going to write about him today. I swear. We need a break from observing the gruesome underbelly of America's blackened soul (as I have come to think of his whole campaign). I had a post about church growth trends all perking in my head and it was ready to roll.But damn. Are you watching this? Have you seen what is happening? The Trump Rally is the new Klan rally. It's official. America has lost it's damn mind. I  mean, we knew, right? We knew this is what he was about, in some n … [Read more...]

Shed a Little Light: Observing MLK Day

Thanks, readers, for sharing your observations of Martin Luther King day. I've enjoyed your pictures and your words of wisdom. I love the ways people capture the spirit of this day in art, song and story. And mostly, I enjoy seeing how communities of faith, and communities in general gather around on this day to listen and learn, to sing and celebrate, to mourn and cast a hopeful vision forward together. Here are some inspiring glimpses from MLK day around the … [Read more...]

Saving Atticus

One day, all is right with the literary world... And then suddenly, one of the most significant characters of all time has transformed into someone we scarcely recognize. How does this happen? And what does it mean?First, a word about narrative sequence: Go Set a Watchman is not the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Nor is it an intentional prequel. As legend has it (b/c any word spoken in reference to Nell Harper Lee smacks of legend) the author penned these pages first. They amount to what A … [Read more...]

Wade in the Water: Pools, Fountains, and the Stain of Segregation

If the image of a 200+pound white man with a gun, pinning an unarmed, 90 pound black girl to the ground with his knees—while he is fully clothed and she is wearing a bikini—has not been keeping you up nights, then you must be missing something. Like maybe you missed the white male bystanders aiding the officer. Or maybe you missed the police shouting and cursing, while the kids just asked what in the world they'd done? Or maybe you missed the deadly weapon drawn and aimed at unarmed children as t … [Read more...]


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