Not My Problem

I am at a meeting of clergy for three days of specialized training in interim ministry.  Day one focuses on theories.  On the second day, the facilitator offered a few tools and way too many personal stories.  But, when we began a discussion about power and he wanted to move to his next slide, the group of mostly European Americans […]

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Questioning Race during Advent

Christ has come! This first Sunday of Advent reminds us that power was found in a cradle– not a crown.  Like persons in Jesus’s day, we are guilty of looking for him in the wrong places and among the wrong people.  As outlined in his stories, Jesus came to rearrange and change the order of […]

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Unmasking Whiteness

“However painful it may be for me to accept this conclusion, I am obliged to state it: For the black man, there is only one destiny.  And it is white.” ~ Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks “This contradictory longing to possess the reality of the Other, even though that reality is one that wounds […]

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A Preacher Talks About Race and the Obama Presidency

I read this interview on the Patheos website* and thought that you too will benefit from its insight and courageous truth. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary, and the venerable Rev. Dr. James Forbes, the first African American pastor of the famed Riverside Church, sat down to have a one-on-one reflection […]

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The Life Race Has Planned For Us

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell, an American writer and lecturer, had it right.  Echoing the words of the writer of Proverbs, Campbell reminds us that there is a difference between the […]

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