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An Open Letter to the Evangelical Church: I Am Not Your Punch Line
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

When family drama shows up in the church, it grieves me. It riles me up like nothing else does because it is in my identity as a Christian and Jesus-follower where I am all of who God created me to be and has ...

I Emailed Pastor Rick Warren and There Is No 'If'
Originally Posted: 09/27/2013 - 8:14am | Type: Blog

There is no “if.” I am hurt, upset, offended, and distressed, not just because “an” image was posted, but that Warren posted the image of a Red Guard soldier as a joke, because people pointed out the disconce ...

Dear Pastor Rick Warren, I Think You Don’t Get It
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

This photo appeared yesterday on Rick Warren’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Apparently the image captures “the typical attitude of Saddleback Staff as they start work each day.” Hmmm. I didn’t realize Saddl ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Why I Will Be Marching on Washington and Why You Should Too
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

Thankfully, "separate but equal" is a vestige of the past; Jim Crow segregation is no longer the law of the land; and racial slurs and derogatory remarks are no longer acceptable. However, we must re ...

'Silence is Golden': The White Church and Race in America
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author says that there is a time for everything under heaven, including “a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:7. Over the past two weekends, the vast majo ...

A Time to Mourn
Originally Posted: 07/21/2013 - 11:49am | Type: Blog

A corporate injustice has occurred and the last thing we should do as people of privilege is to try to shut down the voices that have experienced genuine suffering and are speaking to the reality of an ongoing ...

The Zimmerman Verdict and the Resurrection of the Old Jim Crow
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Three weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of its enforcement power. Last week the House GOP voted to eliminate 100 percent of funding for food stamps from the Farm Bill. As a result, ...

'Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

If the Church is going to survive we can no longer talk around the issue of racism. We can’t pray around it, and we can’t Holy Ghost dance around it. We truly have to deal with it. ...

An American Story
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

The story of Trayvon Martin is a story that must be lamented if we are to write a story of justice in the weeks, months, and even years ahead. So my first response this week is lament and deep sadness. ...

Raising Black Boys in America: An Interview With Leroy Barber
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

Hate is useless. Don’t let hate sink into your soul, because hate will destroy you. And respond with love even if it’s hard. I try to teach my boys that, and raise them that way. ...

In Celebration of Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

We are free today to choose people. We are free to believe that a person is worth giving our lives for, that we can sacrifice and give all we have for the good of another. The power of our gospel sits in this ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Watch the Vote: Supreme Court Effectively Kills Voting Rights Act
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 6:38am | Type: Blog

Blood had to flow from Edmund Pettus Bridge to prompt Congress to craft its original list, which was still largely viable. I fear blood may have to flow again before Congress and the will of the American publi ...

Jesus and Affirmative Action
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

In a vote of 7-1 on Monday, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas, back to the lower court for a re-hearing, while reaffirming the benefits of diversity in institutio ...

(Not) Just Another Day
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

For as long as I can remember, Father’s Day has been a challenge for me. You see, like many other children I know, I have deep painful scars when it comes to the topic of fatherhood. ...

Memory, Identity, and the Fourth of July
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 4:08pm | Type: Blog

There are moments, before and after the Revolution, that we mutually agree to forget in order to plant hands to hearts and let tears fall on the fourth day of the seventh month every year. ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

The Voices Project: Offering Perspective to Places of Power
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Voices Project has become a natural expression of black leaders who often live and work cross culturally. We are not angry; we are not looking for a fight. We are speaking to each other, supporting our dyn ...

If Someone Hits You, Hit Them Back
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

The “if someone hits you, hit them back” mentality is destroying black men at an alarming rate. Dads, teach your boys to talk it over, look the other way, or keep walking when things begin to escalate. ...

A Caution in Pursuing the Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

As an African-American woman I enter the Common Good conversation cautiously because I know that in our society we have a habit of taking what is good for Western hegemony and making it the standard for everyo ...

Balancing our Budget through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, and Hope
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

In the midst of an exasperating and polarized political debate around the U.S. budget, our national and political leaders can learn valuable lessons from Holy Week. This week   ...

On Door Prizes, Pony Rides, and a Gazillion Eggs When the Gospel Ought To Be Enough
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Easter is often referred to as the Super Bowl for Christian churches. As expected, a great amount of time, energy, ideas, and resources are invested into this weekend. And I get it. And I agree with it – in pa ...

Richard Twiss Allowed Himself to be a Lightning Rod
Originally Posted: 02/10/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

Richard's unique ministry gave many Native people the opportunity to experience that Jesus is not just the "White man's God" but he came for all people from every language and every culture ...

Nearly 50 People Murdered in Chicago and No One Gives a *&%^$
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Chicago is weeping from the emotional exhaustion of having to bury too many youth who have been murdered. My city of Chicago, known as the City with Big Shoulders, is now on its k ...

Gun Violence: How Valuable is a Life?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

What about all the images of God erased from our lives and families every year through gun violence in the U.S.? Earlier this month, my friend and colleague,  Richard Twiss , co ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Leo Twiss
Originally Posted: 02/12/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

We were anointing our brother’s feet for burial. As I moved the oil over his feet, I repeated the words that Richard’s editor had said to me when we talked earlier that night: “Beautiful are the feet of the on ...

Christian Churches Come Together on Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 02/05/2013 - 9:09pm | Type: Blog

At its annual meeting in Austin, Texas, Christian Churches Together, representing the five families of the church in the United States, reached consensus on a statement calling for just and humane immigration ...

An Injustice in Camden
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

I recently heard that the state of New Jersey plans to evict the Camden Children's Garden from its 14-year-old home. I recently heard that the state of New Jersey plans t ...

Immigration Profile: Is There Room for Redemption?
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

It sounds like Tony is the poster child for the kind of person who should be deported: two felony convictions and possession of a gun. But you haven’t heard the whole story. Five ...

If I Were Manti Te’o's Pastor
Originally Posted: 01/18/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Because I’m a believer in people – and more so – because I believe in the power of redemption, reconciliation, and restoration, I want to see Manti Te'o do well – not just as a football player – but as a ...

What Do We Stand For?
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

There are so many issues out there. There are so many hills to die on. There is such deep division in our politics and in the church. Wading through the sound bites gets tiring. How can one make sense of it al ...

From Homeless to Hope: Sydia Simmons
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Sydia knows firsthand the difficulty of being homeless, especially in New York City, and because she has overcome through her faith she wants to give back. In the U.S. there a ...

A Conversation for Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 01/08/2013 - 2:33pm | Type: Blog

Reconciliation is not something that can be checked off of a list. It is not a single event encapsulated in a moment of time. Reconciliation begins with a conversation and ends with a relationship restored. ...

Seek the Peace of the City: If Not Now, When?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

With or without guns, violence can, does, and will occur. No one is disputing that. But if we can do something to stop the mass murder of children in elementary schools happening again, won’t we even try? ...

The Waiting
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Advent, a season during which Christians honor and attempt to approximate the longing for a Messiah more than 2,000 years ago, is often described as a chance to exercise our patience muscles. ...

Faith, Hunger, Politics, Chicken & Waffles: A Conversation Between Chris LaTondresse and Adam Phillips
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

It’s not that the religious right didn’t show up in the 2012 election. They did. But their irrelevance was proven time and time again, both in the primary and in the general election cycle. ...

My (Native) Vote
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

So who am I going to vote for? I am not sure. But fortunately I have a few more hours to figure it out. My early voting ballot is almost complete. I have done my reading, finished ...

Watch the Vote: A Prayer for America
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

It’s here, God — Election Day in America. Today is the day when Americans everywhere are given the privilege and responsibility to exercise dominion (agency) at the polls. It’s h ...

It’s Easy to Forget Privilege When It’s Always Been Yours
Originally Posted: 11/06/2012 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

I’m all for being a part of the democratic process, but it seems a bit odd to me that so many of these bloggers are coming from a position of power and privilege they themselves have always had. ...

Voting: Responsibility or Privilege?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 2:25pm | Type: Blog

Next week I will vote for the first time in a presidential election. I became a naturalized U.S. citizen two years ago, giving up my Korean passport, my (not)green card, and pledging allegiance after having li ...

A More Perfect Union
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

Our reserve is nearly 26,000 square miles with about 300,000 enrolled tribal members, and I cannot recall in my lifetime a presidential candidate visiting our reservation and campaigning directly to our people ...

Emerging Hope
Originally Posted: 11/26/2012 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Take heart! A new generation is ready to lead. I’VE ALWAYS LOOKED forward to Advent. It’s a time e ...

If I Had a Million Dollars ...
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help stimulate the economy, what would you do? What would I do? Play along with me. If you had $1 million to spend to help st ...

'The Line,' the 47 Percent, and the Food Stamp Professor
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

Maybe my story makes me a part of the 47 percent that has grown dependent on government. When I was a 17-year-old senior in high school, I was in several Advanced Placement cours ...

Turn Down The Noise: Fast, Pray, Vote
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 9:41am | Type: Blog

Here in Ohio we have seen political advertising go "one louder" and receive "that extra push over the cliff." The NOISE is so deafening, I'm convinced the campaigns and super PACs have ...

Watch the Vote: The Ground Game
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

For the next 12 days it’s all about the ground game. With most voter registration deadlines passed, the fight against voter suppression has shifted focus from registration drives to calling banks, car-pools, and calls to vote early. Bishop Dwayne Roy ...

Bullying: This Is My Story
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:05pm | Type: Blog

This spirit day I stand in solidarity with all the 6-year-old, 12-year-old, 20-year-old, 40-year-old, and 80-year-old gay and straight women and men who face down bulldogs every day. May our feet remain plante ...

Watch the Vote: Is the Voting Rights Act Still Needed?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 7:06pm | Type: Blog

When the Supreme Court announced recently that one of the cases it would take up in this session was a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the hairs rose on the back of my neck. ...

Please Do Not Dress Up for Halloween in Blackface, Brownface, or Yellowface; Don’t Be Stupid
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:15pm | Type: Blog

Please don’t dress up in a blackface, yellowface, brownface, or any other costumers that stereotype, denigrate, or mock another culture. Don’t caricature another real culture. Why? Because we’re a culture and ...