Not Your Average Identity

During this season of Lent, a kind of forty- day challenge for some believers, I have been reflecting on surrender and what we mean when we say, “I give up.”  In the practice of our faith, according to the terms and conditions of our discipleship, giving up is a good thing.  Dare I say, it is […]

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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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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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Racial Formation

No, this will not be about Beyonce’s new “Formation” video or its continued controversy.  If you are interested in a really thoughtful, perhaps too thoughtful interpretation of the song, click here.  If not, keep reading. We talk a lot about what race says about us and others.  What we do not discuss as much are […]

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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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All

Many shapes and colors, with and without sight, open and closed, rolling and blinking, itching and red, crying and dry but they are all eyes.  We are all seeing the same things. Many forms and sizes, with and without pimples, hair or mucus inside them still they are all noses.  We are all breathing the […]

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Beyond Prejudice

I often look for resources to share that might assist us in our journey toward understanding ourselves apart from the social construct of race.  Deconstructing this identity is more complicated than the “peeling back the layers.”  It is deeply imbedded in who we are and believe others to be. The paradigm of race must be […]

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