The poor have always been and will always be with us. Some laws have always been and will always be unjust.  Immigrants and refugees have always been and will always be dehumanized and rejected at the borders of cities where wealthy sloths drown in excess.  The marginalized have never found and will never find themselves at the seat of power. That earth has always been and will always be plundered and pillaged and raped by the greedy. We will not… Read more

It’s been a while since my last post, mostly because each time I sit down to speak out, I feel bombarded with so much that matters that it feels impossible to focus on one thing. This past week alone has felt like a century. The American President first enacted a zero-tolerance immigration policy that not only declared certain asylum seekers “illegal,” but horrifically mandated the separation of children, including nursing infants, from their parents, and even defended the practice by… Read more

The past week has not been great for Starbucks. Last Thursday, two black men were filmed being arrested at a Philly store and spent the evening in jail for sitting at a table and quietly waiting for a third party to arrive for a business meeting. And Monday, a black man was refused the right to use the bathroom in a Starbucks because he hadn’t purchased anything— this, immediately after a white man did the same thing, got the bathroom… Read more

Most of us white people cannot even imagine what a body decimated by 20 bullet holes looks like, but our Black peers are intimately acquainted with such horrors.   Mike Brown’s destroyed body was left to fester in the August heat on the streets of Ferguson for four hours before the scene was processed or his body collected. Regardless of official reports, his neighbors understood he was left as a warning to witnesses who might be inclined to fight back…. Read more

It’s been a while. Much has transpired and sparked conversation about white terrorism, white supremacy, and modern white abolitionism since last we spoke in the wake of the Valentine’s Day Parkland mass shooting. The survivors of the Stoneman Douglas massacre have fired back against the NRA, the congresspeople they’ve purchased, and the American culture of gun lust, sparking a nationwide revolution through legislation, marches, walk-outs and responsive sit-ins. They’ve persisted against threats from the highest level, while rejecting attempts to declaw their… Read more

Seventeen people were slaughtered, many others injured, all survivors and neighbors indelibly traumatized yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, FL. And today, lots of people are passing around articles “debunking” the 18-school-shootings-in-2018 statistic given by Everytown for Gun Safety (the number since revised to 17). All of these pieces offer excuses, caveats, defenses to otherwise normalize the presence and use of deadly weapons on and around academic institutions where innocent children earn the education promised them by the… Read more

HERE IS THE TRUTH ABOUT WELFARE QUEENS LIKE ME: Collecting food stamps, unemployment checks, and medicaid insurance isn’t taking a handout. It is literally making a withdrawal from an account into which we’ve been collectively investing all our working lives. I will tell you a story to demonstrate this reality, but first let me tell you why this matters: Because for as long as I can remember, Republicans and so-called fiscal conservatives and Christians have decried social safety nets like… Read more

There is a thing I say to myself and to others, six words of truth I believe hold infinite power. A life’s motto, if you will: “Beloved, Be Loved.  Beloved, Be Love.” It’s been harder to say recently because I’ve been sick, and tired, and depressed, and always, always so angry. The endless reports of promised devastation to the most vulnerable, in the form of funding cuts to social services and safety nets, coming from this administration (from Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security… Read more

Content/Trigger Warning: This post discusses stories of spiritual and psychological abuse. Tonight on my run, I listened to the latest This American Life podcast, “Chip in My Brain.” It’s about a kid named Cody who sucked at basketball, so his parents hired a private basketball coach named AJ the way parents hire piano teachers. He was a good teacher who, over six years (grades three through nine) took Cody from barely being able to dribble to being MVP of his team… Read more

We need to talk about how woefully unable and unwilling are humans in general and Christians in particular to suffer well and grieve deeply. We are, by evolution and/or design, creatures desperate for hope. To linger in grief or sadness, to admit that some wounds cannot be mended and some trauma never overcome, is, for many, to admit defeat. We do not know how to grieve with the grieving or groan as the Spirit does: “with groans too deep for words.”… Read more

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