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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A Second Prayer for George Zimmerman

Not guilty. This is the verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman concerning the death of seventeen year old high school student Trayvon Martin.  While I am surprised that he was not found to be at fault for any of his actions on February 26, 2012, I am hopeful that this demonstration of social […]

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A Life Lived as the Sabbath

“He who wants to enter the holiness of the day must first lay down the profanity of clattering commerce, of being yoked to toil. … Six days a week, we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath, we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.  The […]

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Trayvon Martin: Trying Your Unconscious Beliefs

 After returning from church this afternoon, my husband and I grabbed a blanket and found our favorite spots on the couch in order to watch Meet The Press. “Because if it’s Sunday, it’s Meet The Press.” The opening theme was “Race in America” and its roundtable discussed the nation’s emotional reaction to the Trayvon Martin […]

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