Doing justice to our bodies: How race wrongs us

“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.  […]

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A crime that the Church should be guilty of

It’s Sunday, both my favorite day of the week and my weekly reminder that we have a lot of work to do.  Believers around the world will gather to sing and pray, testify and fellowship, all drawn by the unconditional love of God.  But, we will drive to churches that do not reflect the height […]

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The Separation of Church and Race

It is my life’s purpose to encourage persons to hang this sign on their soul in response to race, its stereotypes and prejudices: Do not enter.  While I believe that God is without boundary, that God cannot be limited or restricted by the designations of society and culture, that God’s Being cannot be changed, I […]

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If race has offended you

If race has offended your identity, threatened your sense of community, attacked your neighbor, provoked only by prejudice, then you should say something.  You should confront race and you should not be afraid to “speak the truth in love,” telling her or him, the ominous “they” and “them” that what was said was prejudiced or […]

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Racism may be ‘alive and well’ but…

After an incident is determined to be race- related, persons sometimes say, “Racism is alive and well.”  They point to the latest insult that adds to the countless injuries of race- relations. Or worse still, they point to the most recent death by fear, misunderstanding, power struggle and/or prejudice.  Perhaps, with excitement or maybe disappointment, […]

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What is race doing here?

We are very spiritual people… in church. We make for great Christians between 11 a.m. and noon. It is so easy to share a hymnal, to forgive someone who steps on our toe as she slides into the seat next to us, to smile and greet a new visitor.  We behave as if God only […]

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A Christian Community

“How can we pray accurately for and harmoniously with the other members of God’s people?  Through song: song establishes all the members of the congregation in organic relationship.  The Christian recovers a sense of community and experiences the dynamics of community not through the categories of sociology but through the music of liturgy.  We would […]

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