A Staring Competition

This week, I began a Doctor of Ministry program at a local seminary in Washington, D.C.  The first class was on the politics of the church.  Today, during a lunch break , I decided to leave campus to eat.  I had packed a lunch with a few of my favorites to include a turkey sandwich […]

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Give up stereotypes for Lent

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story”

I think that her name is its own introduction.  If you don’t know her name, you will not forget it after watching this Ted Talk.  Because I do not want to ruin the surprise that her truths will reveal, I will end my commentary here and invite you to examine the single stories that you have […]

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Beyond Stereotypes

There is more to be seen of you and me than what has been thought visible and thereby obvious.  There is more to who we are.  In fact, we are quite literally scratching and picking on the surface of our humanity when we only look at the social coloring of skin.  We can’t move past […]

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Expectations

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29.11, KJV Expectations.  We all have them.  And if by some strange miracle we don’t, then we have plenty of expectations from others. So many that we won’t ever run […]

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Turn off all stereotypes

“Have you ever wondered what educated black people like? Why do we like baked chicken?  Why do we love neo- soul?  Why do we rock patterned stockings?” a woman asks.  She then encourages viewers to discuss these topics with friends.  I was recently directed to a website called “Stuff Educated Black People Like.”   The list […]

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How We Emerge

Racism, prejudice and stereotypes are a problem. Most, if not all persons, would agree that they produce more conflicts than resolutions, offer more questions than answers. We need only watch the evening news or visit a news website to hear about yet another incident of violence incited by race.  But, no matter how many times […]

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