Yesterday I took my daughter with me to vote. She held my hand as we colored the circle by Hillary Clinton’s name together. As bedtime approached, I promised to wake her up so she could watch if Clinton won. This morning I got out of bed at 5:30 and wondered what on earth I would say to her when she woke … Continue reading What I told my daughter the morning after election night
It’s appropriate that winter solstice falls near the end of Advent, even if it’s a reminder of how our celebration of Christ’s birth got wound up in the pagan festivities of ancient Rome. It’s appropriate because Advent is a symbol of what we observe in the sky: today, we’re halfway out of the dark (to … Continue reading Halfway out of the dark… yet?
This week in churches all over the world, we’ll hear Jesus call someone of a different race a dog. The Syrophonecian woman appears in the Lectionary this Sunday for the second time in just over a year. She came to us last year in a reading from Matthew, just as tensions in Ferguson were boiling over. Now she comes to … Continue reading Even the dogs (guest post)
We’re a nation that uses fear as justification for torture. Despite the fact that, according to scripture, “perfect love casts out fear.” We’re a nation worried more about whether torture was effective than whether it was moral, as if the objects of torture are somehow less than human. Despite the fact that all humanity bears the … Continue reading If this is what a Christian nation looks like, then I don’t want to be a Christian.
He should’ve just gotten on the sidewalk. He shouldn’t have resisted. He shouldn’t have been playing with a fake gun. These are the excuses we use to rationalize the murder of unarmed black males by those sworn to protect. They’re the excuses we use to deny the systemic racism that pervades our society—a society where … Continue reading Tamir Rice and the rationalization of systemic racism
Let’s be honest. Most of us who are white don’t want to face what’s happening in Ferguson. We don’t want to be confronted by anything that might disrupt our carefully constructed narrative which says we already took care of racism in this country. I mean, hey, we have a black president, right? Yet here we are … Continue reading White people don’t want to talk about Ferguson. Which is why we need to.