"The problem is solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long." | Ludwig Wittgenstein This past week, I had the opportunity to attend the Baptist World Alliance's Annual Gathering in Zurich, Switzerland and to present a paper as a member of the Commission on Racial and Gender Justice. … Continue reading Doing justice to our bodies: How race wrongs us
"Calls are essentially questions. They aren't questions you necessarily need to answer outright; they are questions to which you need to respond, expose yourself and kneel before. You don't want an answer you can put in a box and set on a shelf. You want a question that will become a chariot to carry you… Continue reading Why do Christians believe in race?
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… Continue reading Not Worth Much
This is what Jim Wallis, the president of Sojourners magazine, recently argued in an article titled "The Parable of Los Angeles." Pointing to the obvious and inevitable multiculturalism of our society, Wallis posits our diversity as a plus not a minus, a blessing and not a curse. And apparently, despite our attempts to segregate and… Continue reading Cultural integration anyone?
I remain flabbergasted by the fact that race determines so much of our lives, that we have given it so much meaning, that we have given it so much of our meaning. The social coloring of skin tells us who we are, what we can do and what we mean. But, not only that. Race… Continue reading Creator of Color
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..." ~ Jeremiah 1.5, NRSV I had a rigorous and thought- provoking conversation with a friend and mentor in ministry yesterday. Over a couple of Peruvian dishes, we debated our positions on race. But, after awhile, I decided to just listen and when I did, I… Continue reading Before you were formed
We talk a lot about what race has done to and for us, what race is doing to and for us, how we cannot live without race, how there is no existence a part from race. What we do not talk about is what we can do to race, how we can change and certainly… Continue reading How to start a post- racial conversation