Voices in the Wilderness (Matthew 3:1-12)

By Shively Smith. The impact of the #SayHerName Movement cannot be overstated. This is a campaign that gives voice to “black women’s experiences of profiling and policing,” setting the names and death-taking stories of women, like Sandra Bland and Meagan Hockaday, alongside the names and stories of black males like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. The #SayHerName movement is a resource that makes the public aware of the trauma and loss of life experienced by black females in “civi … [Read more...]

Why Jesus Wouldn’t Be a Democrat or a Republican (Luke 14:1, 7-14)

By Billy Honor. If you just listened to the current presidential candidates talk, you’d think the United States is a nation comprised of only rich and middle class individuals. Almost nothing in their speeches, party platforms, and interviews would tell you that approximately 47 million citizens live in poverty in what is clearly the richest nation in the world.The reason for this political hush mouth about poverty (which, by the way, is defined as the state of being extremely p … [Read more...]

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...]

Slavery, Surrogacy, and Society: Making a Future in the Wilderness

By Anathea Portier-Young.Magdalene is a residential program that helps women who have survived lives of violence and prostitution. The 2013 Global Slavery Index reports that nearly 30 million women, children, and men are enslaved around the world today. Their slavery has many forms. For millions, especially women and girls, it is prostitution, forced marriage, or other sexual and reproductive exploitation. Others—an estimated 16.4 million—are forced into labor in spheres ran … [Read more...]

By Greg CareyThe legacy of Eve continues to permeate images of women in our society.What was that Eve all about?We could let the advertising industry tell us. Katie B. Edwards’ recent book, Admen and Eve, uncovers (that was a pun) several diverse, even contradictory uses Eve serves. Obviously, the Eve story provides a free opportunity to depict naked or nearly naked models coupled in kinky ways with men—and with snakes. Eve, the temptress, overwhelms our resistance with “fo … [Read more...]

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