I know the story of race but I am not the storyteller. I know the history of racism but I am not the historian. I have had the experiences of prejudice and stereotyping but I am not their victim. I know the world but I am not a citizen. I do not belong in a… More Finding Ourselves When We Lose Race
I think about race and its absence in the presence of our humanity every day. I pray for wisdom and ways to communicate the absolute certainty that God did not create us to be judged by the social coloring of our skin. I have heard this message loud and clear from God. Now, I cannot… More Approximately Ten Power Thoughts For Living Without Race
Race is small talk when discussing our humanity. Focusing on the texture of our hair, the shape of our eyes and the social coloring of our skin is comparable to talking about the weather and the menu. While we do introduce ourselves based on our appearance, looking at the physical appearance as a means of… More Use Big Words
February is usually thought of as the month of love. Aisle after aisle was stocked with candy and paper hearts, cuddly stuffed animals, sweet candy and cards even before the King holiday and our community projects were over. To be sure, it is not about the feeling but the money. Still, despite their marketing techniques,… More Reconciliation: Are churches the problem?
While my writings seek to aid us in the ministry of reconciliation as we must view race differently, it cannot be said often enough that there is much work to be done. If we are to have healthy cross- cultural relationships, we must communicate authentically. If we are to stand in unity, then the ground… More United Nations working group calls for reparations for African Americans
In a recent article, the New York Times highlights the work of two Baptist denominations in the ministry of reconciliation. To be sure, this ministry is nondenominational as we are all called to unite regardless of our liturgy, lineage or language. Last year in Jackson, Mississippi, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Young of the National Baptist… More New York Times: Race, History and Baptist Reconciliation
Maya Angelou said rightly, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” And stories are about race are both difficult to carry and to tell. So, I am excited at the opportunity that the New York Times has presented to its readers. It is apart of their Op- Docs series… More Share Your Story