Healing from Race, Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and Culture, Race and History, Racial Identity

The Color of Compromise: Jemar Tisby’s new book aims to talk about the difference race has made on American Christianity

His book arrived in the mail yesterday.  I must confess that it is one of forty books that I have ordered in recent weeks.  New home, new bookshelves, I am creating a library to support my future work on  the raceless gospel.  I want to be surrounded by these conversation partners.  I have also decided… Continue reading The Color of Compromise: Jemar Tisby’s new book aims to talk about the difference race has made on American Christianity

Christian community, Conferences, Continuing Education, Healing from Race, Ministry of Reconciliation, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Witness, Talking About Race

“Confronting Racism in the Church” with Dr. Drew Hart

Last year, I had the privileged of serving with Dr. Hart at a community- wide event, aimed at race, community and the practice of our Christian faith in Henderson, KY.  It was my first time meeting him and he was gracious.  I had just read his book and been sharing his insights on social media. … Continue reading “Confronting Racism in the Church” with Dr. Drew Hart

Post-racial Christianity, Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Identity, Race and Christian Witness, Race and the Divine Image, Race and Theology, Teaching Racelessness, Whiteness

Before God Was White: The Rumblings of a Race-less Theology

"God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." ~ John 4.24, NRSV Halloween is over and yet, it seems nearly impossible to remove the mask of whiteness from the face of God.  Now a spooky, to be avoided, death- wielding deity, this socially colored white God has it in… Continue reading Before God Was White: The Rumblings of a Race-less Theology

Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Christian Identity, race and Christian practice, Race and Faith Formation

“The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States”

  This is the title of a chapter of Rev. James Ellis III's newest book Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil: Stories about the Challenges of Young Pastors, where he served as the editor.  It is a book that includes a number of true stories from clergy who may differ in denominational affiliation but all… Continue reading “The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States”

Hate, Hate Crimes, Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Culture, Race and the American Church

Burning Churches Again

This morning, I learned of a seventh African American- led church set ablaze.  The cause for the burning of Mount Zion AME church in Greeleyville, South Carolina is still under investigation.  But, before the smoke signal of this latest burning reached the news, six others in Florida, Tennessee, North and South Carolina were struck with… Continue reading Burning Churches Again

Fear, Hate, Hate Crimes, Race, Race and American Church history, Race and Culture, Race and the American Church

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… Continue reading After Emanuel AME Church Murders: Sanctuaries as safe places

Hate Crimes, Healing from Race, Politics and Christian Witness, Race, Race and American Church history, Symbols of Race

After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags

Yesterday, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley did not hide behind the Confederate flag but said it has "no place" on statehouse grounds.  Charleston, South Carolina is being connected to Birmingham, Alabama of 1963.  The nine lives lost while gathering for prayer and Bible study are connected to the deaths of four little girls who came… Continue reading After Emmanuel AME Church Murders: No Confederate Flags