Healing from Race, Post- racial, Post- racial Conversations, Race, Race and Christian Identity

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… Continue reading Not My Problem

Race, Race and Christian Identity, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

Race is but a candidate

The election season is almost over and we’ve seen more changes than winter, spring, summer and fall combined.   We can’t prepare for it.  We can’t plan for it.  Exhausted by the debates and the news reports that follow, I think that I am experiencing political fatigue.  I am counting down the days until it’s over. … Continue reading Race is but a candidate

Healing from Race, Race, Racial Identity, Teaching Racelessness

Beyond Black & White

  Beyond black and white.  It is the title of a popular book by Manning Marable.  He begins his introduction this way: "Black and white. As long as I can remember, the fundamentally defining feature in my life, and the lives of my family, was the stark reality of race.  Angular and unforgiving, race was… Continue reading Beyond Black & White

Healing from Race, Race, Race and Christian Identity, Teaching Racelessness

Putting Race In Its Place

"We must constantly and critically explain the purpose, perversity and persistence of race as a relatively new category in modern history if we are to address racism effectively." ~ David Roediger, How Race Survived U.S. History: From Settlement and Slavery to the Obama Phenomenon I am reminded often of the importance of this daily call… Continue reading Putting Race In Its Place

Race, Race and Privilege, Racial Eliminativism, Talking About Race, Teaching Racelessness, White Privilege, Whiteness

White Privileges Denied

I wonder what our lives would be like if those who are privileged by race would deny these social entitlements.  What change could be brought about if when persons are offered a pass, a perk, a protection or the benefit of doubt, they would reject it?  How might we be challenged if we did not accept what we did not earn, if we… Continue reading White Privileges Denied

Post- racial, Post-racial Christianity, Raceless Christianity, Teaching Racelessness, The Spiritual Life

A Call for Living Stones

"Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." ~ I Peter 2.4-5, NRSV His name means rock.  Peter, known… Continue reading A Call for Living Stones

Healing from Race, Ministry of Reconciliation, Post- racial, Post- racial Conversations, Post-racial Christianity, Teaching Racelessness, The Spiritual Life

Four years and one day later

Happy anniversary!  I celebrated four years of writing about the social construct of race, America's social parables and the ways in which they influence and inform our Christian faith... yesterday.  Obviously, it is a belated celebration but a noteworthy milestone nonetheless.  It is a cause for appreciation for and reflection on my writing life as… Continue reading Four years and one day later