I doubt it: Questioning the credibility of race

Here is a confession: I am not who race says that I am.  I will not be who race says that I will be.  I can go where race says that no “like me” has ever gone before.  Race does not open or close doors.  We do. I am so tired of this race, this […]

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Not Worth Much

Yesterday, I shared a message with the congregation titled, “Costly Obedience.”  Unpacking the well- known hymn recorded in Philippians 2.5-11, I invited listeners to consider again the price that Christ paid for our sins.  It was a costly obedience because he was obedient to the point of death– not obedient for personal gain, not agreeable […]

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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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Not Enough For Me

I know that the actions committed in the name of race are real, that is makes a believer and faithful follower out of us, that we pledge allegiance to our skin and create borders around our bodies.  No race- mixing. But, race does not have a real name for me.  Socially constructed, I don’t want this American […]

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Race is not a Mirror

“Mirror, mirror on the wall… Whiteness is the fairest of them all.” What do we need or expect to see of ourselves that calls for the social construct of race?  What of our humanity is made visible, evident, real when we become colored people?  What can we not see without the lens of race?  What […]

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Loosen Up

I feel the need to say again and again that you are not made up of a color, that you cannot be summed up by your skin.  There is more to you and this is a lesser part.  Of all that God is created on your body, still we focus on the layer that covers […]

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Finding Ourselves When We Lose Race

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 […]

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