April 18, 2018

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

March 29, 2018

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

March 23, 2018

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

February 17, 2018

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

February 14, 2018

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

February 13, 2018

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

January 17, 2018

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

January 9, 2018

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

December 31, 2017

On December 20th, I realized that Deconstruction is a process of losing and grieving foundational beliefs that build and shape us, and that I am in the fourth stage of of that grief: Depression. The next and final stage is Acceptance, and I’m sure I don’t know how to cope with that yet. So for now I am just sad and utterly lost. I am lost in a space of not knowing how to make sense of the world, of pain… Read more

December 13, 2017

There was a long stretch there when I spoke directly to evangelicals about the moral depravity of evangelicalism. I had hope that my upbringing in the standard, non-fundie dead-center of the movement, along with my degree in theology and my efforts to build bridges, would pave a path for me into their ears. That the relationships I built with friends who thought I was fringe-y but authentic would prove powerful we it was time to start saying the most painfully… Read more

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