Just a little talk about race? We are not talking about the same thing then

  “What can we do?”  “We need to say something!”  For many church leaders, who still see themselves as an authority despite the cultural shift away from religious institutions, the most appropriate response is to do the work of decolonizing your institution or place of influence, to speak up early, often and publicly about the […]

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For segregated churches, their lag behind change couldn’t be more evident right now

Well, Church, times have changed before we could call a business meeting or change our bylaws as the protests around the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain and countless others draw a dividing line between generations.  Without a committee vote or a conversation with “the powers that be,” confederate moments are […]

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Bring the Church to Justice

I was recently invited to preach at Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. We met via Zoom (of course) to finalize the details and to introduce ourselves to each other.  Each preacher would enter the sanctuary to be filmed individually.  We would preach to empty pews and take our cues from the balcony where […]

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Protest is ‘praying with my feet’

On Memorial Day, George Floyd, a 46- year- old African American resident, was arrested by Minneapolis police for allegedly attempting to use a fake $20 bill at Cup Foods, a local store.  He was handcuffed but he wasn’t placed in a squad car.  I didn’t hear his Miranda Rights being read to him but I […]

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