How to Reject Xenophobia – Have Lunch Instead!

There many things – large and small – that Christians can do to fight the xenophobia that threatens our country. One simple thing to do is have lunch! [Read more…]

How White People Gather to Undermine White Supremacy

Last Sunday, two colleagues and I greeted a group of thirty-three people over a shared meal in a church social hall to talk together about race and racism. With five different churches from four different traditions – UCC, Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian – we came together to talk about the problem of racism in our [Read More…]

Practicing Solidarity: The Power of Churches to Challenge Hate

It is difficult to talk about these issues with white Christians in this country in open and honest ways because I believe that we are good people and I know that most of us do not understand ourselves to be racist. That doesn’t make it any easier. It is hard to talk about these things. Partially because we haven’t learned how to talk about privilege or race in productive and meaningful ways rather than in ways that shame and blame us. [Read more…]

Afraid for the Future? Join the Resistance!!

“Alternate facts” do not exist. In common parlance, “alternate facts” are called “lies.” When our President and the legislative branch of government base their public policy on lies – our whole democracy is threatened. [Read more…]

Learning to be Parents: The Challenge of Community in a World of Social Isolation

And so, I wrapped that baby up tight, gave him a pacifier and started swaying and shooshing until he calmed down. My niece and nephew were amazed and asked me tell them again what the 4 S’s were again. [Read more…]

Do We Need an 11th Commandment?

Christians ought to have a Trinitarian understanding of moral obligations that exist in relation to God, to one another, and to creation.
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Keeping Hope in a World Gone Mad

The question remains, though, how do we keep doing the work of social justice in the midst of world gone mad? [Read more…]

Has North Carolina become the “Hate State”?

Clearly, being Christian means something different to me than to many people in NC who are cite Christianity to support their intolerance. [Read more…]

What Does the Lord Require of You? A Message for Comfortable Christians

Comfortable Christians need to step out of our comfort zones and begin to take risks for what we believe. [Read more…]

Is Civil Discourse Possible on the Internet? or Tamping Down on Trolls!

Developing a social justice community means that we need to be able to talk about difficult issues in respectful and constructive ways. The question is – can we do that on the internet? [Read more…]