White Silence and the Making of #WhiteChurchQuiet

On Monday Night April 3, 2017, the Center for Community Service and Justice at Loyola University-Maryland, invited me to give the Messina Lecture. I talked about white silence and the creation of #WhiteChurchQuiet. I like to thank Dr. Jean Lee Cole for offering the invitation to speak and everyone associated with the wonderful Loyola University-Maryland for their gracious hospitality. It is indeed an honor and privilege to be with you tonight. Before I start, allow me to give some shout outs … [Read more...]

New Book on R3 Book Series on Women Bishops

The R3 book series is pleased to announce the publication of Women Bishops and the Rhetorics of Shalom by Leland Spencer. The Southern States Communication Association recently named Dr. Spencer the Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award winner. Pre-order your copy today! Women Bishops and Rhetorics of Shalom: A Whole Peace argues that the theological concept of shalom offers a way forward for progressive Christians who want to advocate for social justice based on their faith in a … [Read more...]

Give Joseph a Job

by Derrick HolmesThe reality of the prison industrial complex is one that negatively affects persons (the majority of which are people of color) all over this country.  Presently, the United States houses over a quarter of the world’s prison population despite representing only 1% of the world population. Upwards of 2 million Black and Brown bodies presently find themselves locked behind bars. Statistics show that most of the African Americans who end up incarcerated have been sentenced for n … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 4

This is the last in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1  part … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 3

This is the third in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1 … [Read more...]

#GetOut of Sunken Place Theology

by Lawrence RodgersLast week I went to see Jordan Peele’s new breakout movie Get Out. I like many others  was impressed by the depth of the film. When the lead character in the film Chris Washington, a black man, goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family he finds a horrifying situation--a seemingly harmless family subtly attempts to totally co-opt his agency. Through these exchanges, Chris is carefully allured to permanently lose his agency forever in what is called the “sunken place.” Thi … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 2

This is the second in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 1  pa … [Read more...]

Educated #Evangelicals in the Era of #Trump-Pt. 1

This is the first in a four part series from Dr. Christopher Stroop, a self identified "ex-Evangelical" who seeks "to foster community for those harmed by and alienated from conservative religious communities."  The posts in this series come from his post  "Educated Evangelicals, Academic Achievement, and Trumpism: On the Tensions in Valuing Education in an Anti-Intellectual Subculture" first published on his blog. We thank Dr. Stroop for allowing us to publish it here on R3.Read part 2  pa … [Read more...]

‘Our Little Get-Together’: Trump and Obama on Black History Month

We here at R3 are pleased to announce that the editors of Citizen Critics have agreed to allow us to cross publish some of their terrific articles. Below is one from Dr. Renea Fry that examines the Black History Month speeches of Presidents Obama and Trump. by Renea Frey*Published first at Citizen Critics.On February 1, 2017, President Trump delivered a speech for Black History Month to about a dozen black Americans, all of whom support or work for him. During his short speech, he c … [Read more...]

“We Are Outchea!”: Just Do the Work!

By Earle FisherReflecting on a conversation we had recently at church, we discussed what it means and what it takes for folks to get substantially involved in social justice and movement work.Those of us who have become public faces of The Movement (and most of us against our will) are relatively clear on a few things; things we've shared publicly but may have been overlooked or drowned out by all of the white noise (pun intended):1) With few exceptions... MOST of us were outchea … [Read more...]