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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

How To Be an Effective White Ally

To destroy racism we have to destroy the system that was built upon Black people’s backs and to destroy that system is to destroy everything that white people hold near and dear to their heart. [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…]

Does it matter if my ancestors owned slaves?

In some ways, it doesn’t matter if my ancestors owned slaves. After all, my privilege as a white woman in the U.S. in the 21st century is real, whether my ancestors owned slaves or not. The horror of slavery transcends race and nationality in much the same way that genocide anywhere is a stain on the human community. [Read more…]

Taking Risks for Social Change

A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog piece prompted by a new report on the lynching of blacks from the time of Reconstruction to the World War II. The piece was also picked up and published as an op-ed by several regional newspapers in the South. While my thoughts on lynching, racial privilege, [Read More…]

Considering the Merits of Privilege

Saturday, I led a Women’s Retreat at a local Baptist church. Our theme was “living the good life with our neighbors” and we focused on the question of how to develop relationships of solidarity with neighbors in our community across lines of difference (race, class, education, etc.). For people with privilege (and most folks in [Read More…]

Forgetting Lynching at Our Peril

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 [Read More…]