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…]

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…]

Governing in the Midst of Crisis: What Should Hillary Do?

Coming off of eight years of a black President and facing the prospect of the next President being a woman – the crisis that we face is over the narrative of who we are as a country. [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…]

When Is Stopping a Pipeline Social Change?

While many people were surprised by the Obama Administration’s work stoppage on the pipeline, this action represents one significant example of how the government can play an important role in long-term social change. [Read more…]

Don’t Be an Asshole: Reflections on Civility

When did we decide that the virtues of our public officials and the values that shape the discourse of our public sphere were somehow separate from the virtues and values that we claim guide our personal lives? [Read more…]

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…]

Just What is Xenophobia?

In the inestimable words of Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” [Read more…]

Open Letter to Obama: Please DO something!

The country needs the President to do something. Your statements are important but they are not enough. Being the first black president is important but it is not enough. Your moral witness and courage in the face of this very same racial prejudice has been incredibly inspiring but it is not enough. [Read more…]

What to Do About Our Crisis of Racial Injustice?

The problems that we face are not about the police. We do not need to wait on the outcomes of trials against individual police officers. This is not about individual police officers. This is about the soul of our nation. [Read more…]