About Maria Dixon Hall

The Rev. Dr. Maria Dixon Hall is an associate professor of organizational communication/Non-Profit studies at Southern Methodist University and a commissioned deacon of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

Dissenting Opinions on “A Teachable Moment” Part II: “Missing the big picture” by Dr. Stephanie Martin

Today’s guest blogger is my colleague, SMU Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephanie (Sam) Martin.  After a ‘warm’ conversation in my office, I invited her to share her thoughts in this blog post.   Look for me to take my blog back over later this week…. enjoy! _________________________________________________________________________________ It is a strange contradiction: In a free society [Read More...]

Dissenting Opinions on “A Teachable Moment” Part I: “Not My Lesson to Teach” by Shanelle Little

To say that I have been surprised by the response to last week’s blog is an understatement. In my wildest dreams, I never imagined that it would spark the conversation and controversy that it did. While a number of readers from across the United States and around the world (still amazing) voiced their appreciation for [Read More...]

A Teachable Moment: How OU failed Transformation 101

I am a college professor. It is an essential part of my identity. Yes, I research, publish (not as much as I should), and consult but nothing gives me greater joy than my interactions with my students. Teaching, particularly the motley crew of pre-adults known as the 18-21-year-old demographic, is the means of grace by [Read More...]

Damn Barack….

It was by all standards of oral communication, a magnificent performance. Passionate, clear, and responsive to the context of the moment, the President was truly in “the zone.” As he ticked off item after item, on his “Middle Class” political agenda, the collective “Amen” from the Democratic base grew from a whisper to an outright [Read More...]

Hated Tide: The Real Reason you hate Alabama and Mika Brzezinski

Though not blessed with any children of my own, I am the proud aunt of 5 red headed little boys and the reluctant one of a blond pre-teen. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of my nephews but my oldest nephew, Nathan and I have not seeing eye to eye for the last year. [Read More...]

Masking our Faith: Ebola, Dallas, and the Church

Ebola Crazy

Dateline: October 19, 2014—Dallas, Texas As of now, I am happy to report that the Zombie apocalypse is controlled. You laugh (I hope), but after three weeks of living at “ground zero” for Ebola in the United States, you would have thought that the “Walking Dead” were parading down Interstate 35. Usually Dallas doesn’t get [Read More...]

Sorry Mrs. Rice, We Just Don’t Care: Hypocrisy and Domestic Violence

janay

Dear Mrs. Rice: I thought I would write to tell you how sorry I am for your troubles. I am not even sure if “troubles” really sums up where you are right now in your life’s journey. Compounding the horror of being knocked out and dragged about like a piece of trash by a man [Read More...]

Me and Michael Brown’s Mama — Nothing in Common

Maria-Dixon

When I first saw her on television I knew that we had nothing in common. As I watched the tattooed woman with the bright colored shell top mourning her son, her peroxide dyed hair: two toned, parted down the middle reminded me of the sisters I would see rolling into Sally’s to get the color [Read More...]

No Offense: Hating Black History Month

I’ve written this blog about 4 times. Yet each time at its end,  I hit the delete button. It was too honest. It was too raw. Most of all, for a piece on race and the church, it was waaaay to militant. And if I learned anything in my entire integrated life, nothing makes white [Read More...]

A Dream Deferred: Christopher,Terrell, Trayvon and the Outrage of Silence

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr. . My good friend, colleague, and fellow Patheos blogger, Alyce McKenzie asked me earlier this week, “why is there so [Read More...]


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