Ferguson One Year Later: Give Us Wisdom (1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14)


By Lisa Sharon Harper.One year since the death of Michael Brown.The plane touched down and the flight attendant came on the speaker to ask us to please keep our seat belts buckled until we had come to a complete stop at the gate, and enjoy our stay in St. Louis.“Enjoy your stay in St. Louis.” That phrase hung in the air.Only minutes away from the Lambert/St. Louis International Airport the sky was falling.Over the eleven days that had passed since Michael Brown was shot mu … [Read more...]

Can We Keep Our Children Safe? (2 Samuel 18)

By H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.The black church plays an important role in supporting education. The Black Church has played a major a role in the struggle for justice in America. They have been haven, passageway, rallying place, center of learning, and a foundation of strength for African American communities dealing with slavery, subjugation hatred and violence for hundreds of years. In the 21st century, the Black Church continues in those traditions.  Most especially it surrounds families w … [Read more...]

Theological Trackstanding: A User’s Guide to Unity in Church and Society (Ephesians 4:1-16)

By Jacob D. Myers. America’s political divide is growing. Nearly every issue of national concern—from prison to education to tax reform, from healthcare to LGBT rights—has become so polarizing that otherwise civil, intelligent human beings often digress to the level of obdurate toddlers staring down a bowl of broccoli. Even as we jeer at our elected officials who can’t seem to get their acts together, none who have spent any time in a church business meeting should be surprised a … [Read more...]

When War Becomes a Way of Life (2 Samuel 11:1-15)

By Raj Nadella.Victor is one veteran struggling to support his family. It has been intriguing to watch the mixed reaction to the nuclear accord with Iran that can help the United States avoid another major war. The last major war the U.S. fought—the 2003 Iraq war—cost the taxpayers nearly two trillion dollars and about half a trillion in benefits still owed to veterans. More than 4,500 Americans died fighting that war and tens of thousands of veterans and their families continue to live … [Read more...]

American Disabled Act: Working Toward Welcome and Dignity for All

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By Lisa M. Cataldo.L'Arche marks its 50th anniversary bringing the message that all lives matter and all are welcome. “His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” (John 9:2-3). “What’s wrong with her?” the woman asked me as I helped my disabled friend wash her hands in the movie theater restroom. “Not a thing,” I said … [Read more...]

All the Charlestons: We Press On for Justice

By Eric D. Barreto.Rev. Dr. James Forbes reflects on racism. Weariness is the constant companion of those who seek justice. A year punctuated with tragedies around racial inequalities culminated in a burst of hateful violence during a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Mother Emanuel church. And as these nine faithful souls have been laid to rest, I have been struck by a refrain that many of my friends have been voicing. I’m tired, they say. I’m growing weary of fighting these same fig … [Read more...]