My third grader is a white child in a Title I school in our town. She’s writing a report on Harriet Tubman for her Black History month project and has spent the week devouring information about Tubman and proudly sharing stories and facts about her life with our whole family. “Mom, did you know Harriet Tubman was a spy during the Civil War!” We have spent the week talking together about Tubman, slavery, and the history of racism in the… Read more

A history professor at Northeastern University in Boston has just developed a tool to search the ubiquitous student rankings found at “Rate My Professor.”  For those of you who don’t know ratemyprofessor, it is an online site where college students can go and “rate” their professors on a range of factors, some related to their teaching (and to student learning) and others, not so much (students can assign a hot chili pepper to those professors that the students find, well,… Read more

I am a Christian social ethicist by training and by vocation. In a highly secular world people often wonder what that means. Am I the church police, there to tell people how to behave? Am I the wise counselor, there to offer advice on how to live morally? Or, am I, simply there to make Christians feel guilty about engaging in behavior they already know is morally wrong? Well, thankfully, my job is none of those things. When I explain… Read more

In my book Solidarity Ethics, I explore the richness, depth, and challenge that a theology of solidarity offers as the foundation for economic and social relationships as opposed to the guiding principles of individualism, profit, and wealth accumulation that currently drive the economic structures of human society. The ethic of solidarity that flows from a theology of solidarity is both a model for first-world Christians for how to live faithfully in the midst of a globalizing world (personal complicity and behavior)… Read more

So, you have found your way to this site. Welcome, and thank you for poking around here. You already know from a previous post that I am a scholar and professor. I teach social ethics at Elon University in NC and my scholarly and professional life is focused on questions of social justice. From poverty, inequality, racism, sexism, and classism to housing, homelessness, living wages, and reproductive justice – my work and my life is focused on understanding the structural… Read more

Hey dear readers! I believe there are four of you right now. Amazing since I just started this blog 30 minutes ago. I thank you and look forward to hearing from you. I’m curious to know – why do you read blogs? What are looking for? Do you find it? Read more

Like all of us, my life is shaped and formed by the many different roles I carry in my life – teacher, preacher, scholar, wife, mother, friend, professor, colleague, daughter, sister, among others. Though people may see me through many different lens as they approach me in these various roles, there is only one me inside. Whether I am acting in my role as mother, teacher, preacher or friend – to my core, to my bone, in my heart of… Read more

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