Good Skin

Bad skin.  Good skin.  A larger problem than pimples, blackheads and an oily T- zone, the social coloring of skin and the meanings we associate with it are important.  We talk about our flesh as if we expect it to behave or perform in a certain way, as if it represents our character and can somehow let us down.  Ah, […]

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By God’s Name

Every Sunday, I lead our congregation in a time of intercession.  I create sacred space for persons to share their joys and concerns.  And I don’t take the task lightly. I am certain that I am facilitating a dialogue, starting a conversation for which some cannot find the words, that I am helping persons open […]

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Race will not survive

I shared a meditation at a Maundy Thursday service last night titled “Do as I do.” It is a command that highlights the disconnect between our words and our actions.  We know and say what is right but so often, we do not do what is right. We point out the rule while side- stepping the practice of […]

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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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The Race Pass: A Compromised Faith

                Yesterday, I introduced the concept of the race pass and through social media continued to unpack the idea.  I often pray for divine insight into the social construct of race with the hope of further revealing its weaknesses and prayerfully, loosening its grip on our faith.  I think […]

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The Race Pass

Get a pass: “To disregard, to take no notice of something (bad or embarrassing)” Most of us are familiar with the race card.  A person plays the race card when she or he accuses another of racism.  It is also suggested that this card is played when a person brings race into a conversation, suggesting that an incident was prompted by […]

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Muhammad Ali on a White Christ

On this past Friday, the world lost a boxing champion who referred to himself as “the greatest of all time.”  While known for his physical quickness, Muhammad Ali was also possessed a sharp intellect and quick wit.  As we continue to think about race, its privileges and oppressions, I thought it fitting to hear his reflections during […]

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