I am afraid

I am afraid of mediocrity, of its acceptable sustainability, of just enough life, of barely being me.  No, I want life abundantly. I am afraid of people who accept me as I am– without questions of provocation, the sharing of inspiration, the passing along of missing information. I am afraid that I will not use […]

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The Survey Says: Anxious Americans

The American Values Survey was released yesterday.  Conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, the yearly survey reports that Americans are anxious about a lot of things.  The Religion News Service highlighted the findings  and they are scary.  Apparently, we are worried about money, race, religion, specifically Islam and immigration especially in terms of the […]

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#PrayforParis

The unthinkable has happened.  While there is talk that the Russian plane that crashed in Sinai, Egypt last month was due to a bomb placed onboard by terrorists, it has been confirmed that ISIS or ISIL has taken the lives of 129 people and many more have been injured due to multiple attacks in Paris, […]

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Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Trayvon Martin.  Most Americans know his name and the story of his death.  But, now his name is strangely associated with Halloween.  Apparently, some persons think that it is acceptable to dress like a dead child and in blackface, no less.  I cannot even begin to describe the callousness of those who think it good fun […]

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“Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel Dubose and Cecil the Lion

This New York Times article really needs no introduction. Roxane Gay has thoughtfully and exceptionally written in response to the recent murders of both Mr. Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion.  The connections made are striking and leave no one untouched.  I hope that her words contribute to our ongoing conversations on the social construct […]

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Debate over Confederate Flag in South Carolina is Over

“We are symbols and inhabit symbols.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson It appears that the Confederate flag will not rise again at least not above government buildings in South Carolina.  In a final vote of 94 to 20, the State House of Representatives decided to remove the flag.  Recently associated with Dylann Roof, a 21 year […]

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After Emanuel AME Church Murders: Sanctuaries as safe places

Where can we go and be safe?  Safe from hatred and prejudice, from oppressive ideologies and violence?  Is the cross of Christ not a white flag, a symbol of ultimate sacrifice and a place of surrender?  Does it not remind us that the war for our souls is over and won, that we have the […]

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