We’ll Walk Hand in Hand?

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By Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D."The old avocations by which colored men obtained a livelihood are rapidly, unceasingly and inevitably passing into other hands; every hour sees the black man elbowed out of employment by some newly arrived emigrant, whose hunger and whose color are thought to give him a better title to the place."-Frederick Douglass “Learn Trades or Starve” (1853)The Obama Administration and a bipartisan group in the Senate are making serious turns to tac … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform and the Challenges of Generosity (Luke 4:22-30)

By Matthew L. SkinnerCharity doesn’t leave us unchanged, which is just one reason why it’s hard to make ourselves do it.To be more specific: when we extend generosity and justice to others, it alters our relationship to them. Especially when those “others” are foreign to us. Hospitality has ways of making the people who receive it come inside and stick around, whether we really want them to or not.We see this on display in Luke 4:22-30, which tells the second half of a story about Jes … [Read more...]

The Abortion Debate: We’re All in This Together

By Barbara K LundbladThis is a memorable week: on Monday the inauguration of President Obama on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and on Tuesday the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. Some people will celebrate all three with thanksgiving. Others will find nothing to celebrate – especially the decision of January 22, 1973 that struck down state laws banning abortion.The 40-Year Impact of Roe v. Wade on the United StatesThe S … [Read more...]

A Vision for America: John 2:1-11

By Reverend Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:10Occupy the DreamSpurred on by the Occupy Wall Street movement, African-American leaders have banded together to forge the Occupy the Dream movement to highlight the widening gap between the rich and poor. Economic injustice was a focus of Dr. Martin Luther King's activism near … [Read more...]

Waiting on the Messiah and Presidential Expectations: A Study of Luke

By David A. Sánchez, Ph.D.It is an odd juxtaposition, December 21, 2012 and January 21, 2013. The former date representing the “so-called” Mayan apocalypse where the usual suspects prepared for the end of the world – many of whom were Christians awaiting the second coming of Christ – and the latter date, which is the day President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term.In my estimation, this odd twenty-first century connection reflects the event known as the baptism of Jesu … [Read more...]

Frankincense, Myrrh and a Toothbrush? Matthew 2:1-12

By Lisa Nichols HickmanIn As I Lay Dying, the main character Anse appears self-absorbed when at his wife’s death he says, “God’s will be done. . . . Now I can get them teeth.” His character will certainly not be remembered for altruism. But Anse will be remembered for the physical effects of poverty: feet marred by labor, a spine permanently bent, skin unable to sweat from sunstroke suffered tending the fields, and a mouth without teeth.Sumter Faith Clinic: "The Lord Led Us" … [Read more...]


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