The New Feminism: Redefining a Woman’s Place (Mark 7:24-37)

By Karyn L. Wiseman.We asked people about gender equality in today’s society. Recently two African American women took to the stage during a Bernie Sanders’ campaign event to protest for #BlackLivesMatter, a movement confronting issues related to racism and police violence in America. They were cheered by some and jeered by others. Their presence made the movement visible in ways that other events—disturbingly—had not. The national press covered the incident and many posts were made on a var … [Read more...]

Immigration: Love Without Borders (1 Kings 8)

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By Roger S. Nam.  The 2016 presidential election season has brought increased attention to the topic of immigration in recent weeks. In the coming sixteen months(!), the American public can expect the different presidential candidates to navigate through immigration issues in order to win voters, whether through shocking opening salvos designed for media attention, or strategically guarded statements intended to repel as few voters as possible. A quick look at the language of the … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]

We Are Family: Why the Affordable Care Act Matters (2 Samuel 6)

By Cari Jackson.We asked people about the importance of health care. The R&B song “We Are Family,” made famous by the Pointer Sisters in 1979, remains one of my favorite songs. If you know the song, you might be bopping your head already, as you remember its body-moving, rhythmic dance beat. I believe that song was so popular, not just because of the beat, but because it is in our human DNA to long for the safety, security and love of family. Yet, for most of us, family is a mixed b … [Read more...]


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