Breaking News

There seems to be no end to all things heart- wrenching, disturbing, troubling, questionable, unbelievable.  This 24- hour news cycle is keeping me awake at night as I seek to know what’s happening right up to the minute.  The exclusive coverage is relentless, merciless even in its pursuit for the next top story and I am all ears for “news […]

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Trayvon Martin: Blackness and Halloween Costumes

Trayvon Martin.  Most Americans know his name and the story of his death.  But, now his name is strangely associated with Halloween.  Apparently, some persons think that it is acceptable to dress like a dead child and in blackface, no less.  I cannot even begin to describe the callousness of those who think it good fun […]

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Ferguson: Given Our History

“We are trapped in history and history is trapped in us,” James Baldwin said.  Perhaps, it is time to remove the snare, to be free to live in the moment.  To receive the present as a gift of newness. While I am certainly one who loves history, reflection and meditating on words of old, I […]

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Trayvon Martin and the Nativity?

What do baby Jesus and Trayvon Martin have in common?  Violence.  “Jesus was born into a state of total vulnerability as an innocent unarmed child during a time of great violence much like Trayvon Martin… As a result, the original Christmas was a time of great grief and agony for many children and parents,” reads […]

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Will we every get beyond race?

After courageously sharing with readers his struggles with “irrational and unbiblical” fear of those who were culturally different from him, Peter Chin asks this question in an opinion piece on the Christianity Today website.  Though he is honest about what educational training and good intentions won’t do with regard to eradicating prejudice, Chin sees the possibility for changes […]

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Race Makes Us Call God Names

Writing that she now understands the Rev. Dr. William Jones’ book Is God a white racist?: A Preamble to Black Theology, University of Pennsylvania professor and contributing editor to Religion Dispatches, Dr. Anthea Butler, joins him in calling God a “white racist” after a not guilty verdict was handed down in the trial of George Zimmerman over the […]

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“They always get away”: Race and the Justness of God

“They always get away.”  This is what George Zimmerman said to the 9-1-1 operator on the night that he killed seventeen year old Trayvon Martin.  Certainly, he was having a conversation with the operator.  But, he was also repeating an assumption that is attached to a racial narrative with a long and troubling history in […]

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