Colossians 3:1-11: It’s the Name on the Front of the Jersey that Matters

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By David A. Sánchez I have always loved baseball. Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles, baseball was the one activity that kept me away from the pitfalls many young Latino males face on a daily basis. Summer days were spent—sunrise to sunset—in makeshift sandlots in the shadows of Dodger Stadium, fielding bad-hop grounders and striping screaming line drives. It was our neighborhood pastime.On the occasion when enough coins were scraped up to venture into the venerable cath … [Read more...]

Fear and Wisdom in the Immigration Debate

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By Raj NadellaThey have many labels. Undocumented immigrants. Illegal Immigrants. Illegal Aliens. Wetbacks. Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, recently suggested that most of them are “drug mules.” Some have even called them “terrorists.” But few are known by their real names or treated as people with real lives.Most of them live at the edges of the society, under inhuman and dangerous conditions, and often separated from their loved ones. For some it may be a choice. However, a vast ma … [Read more...]

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...]


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