Do Black Lives Matter to the Church?

Guest Blogger: Brooke Anne WellmanAs a white person, it is difficult to write about racism claiming any sort of moral high ground, but not to talk about it is a deep moral error.I have heard people of color say that in these kinds of conversations, they often find themselves doing most of the work to educate white people. Either that, or feeling like they have to lighten the mood and keep their real thoughts shut up inside so as not to bruise the egos of their white friends. This is … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Brooke Anne Wellman

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Sometimes Goodness Triumphs

"Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."Gandalf. The Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. TolkeinWe need some good news these days. And some just came from my corner of the world, a Republican Federal Judge in Washington State. In our politicized world a manichean sense of morality dominates our discourse—Republicans are e … [Read more...]

Time for a New Confessing Church

For the last three years I’ve moderated the Veritas Forum at my University. And each time we’ve had 500 to 700 university students come to these sessions and the recent event was no different. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed these sessions, which give our students ample time to ask questions and to experience informed and responsible interlocutors that include Christians, agnostics and atheists.The year’s Veritas theme was “In _____ we trust.” It's a great question in these troubling times. We had a … [Read more...]

I Saw this Coming

One of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, had a wonderful tweet after the election: “Anyone else feel like a bird who just flew into a window? I’m shaking off the hit & ready to fly and fight again.” Well I must say I’m still on the ground, wiggling around back and forth trying to figure out what just happened. This is not to say I didn’t see this coming. I didn’t want to see what was coming, but there were many signals that things were not going well for the Democratic Party.About two … [Read more...]

Resilient Peace in the Time of Crisis

Leonard Cohen, who died the day after Trump’s victory in the presidential election, introduced his song, “If It Be Your Will” with these words, which I found very powerful in this time of tears, pain and disappointment for so many of us.“I don’t know which side anyone is on anymore I don’t really care. There is a moment when we have to transcend the side we’re on and understand that we are creatures of a higher order. That doesn’t mean that I don’t wish you courage in your struggle. There are … [Read more...]