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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 ...

Ohio 'Voter Fraud' Billboards a 'Perversion of Truth'
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

The word "fraud" is on billboards around Ohio. I started noticing this a few weeks ago, when I was driving through a working class African American community in Cleveland and noticed a billboard that ...

Thou Shalt Follow These 10 Commandments for the Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:44pm | Type: Blog

Since there’s sure to be drama this week and next following the debates — and each day leading up to Election Day on Nov. 6, and likely some weeks afterward — I thought I’d share with you my 10 Commandments of ...

Jazz Fusion — Like It Or Not
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

There are many tensions in life that push and pull us in unpredictable directions. We may not like the melody of jazz fusion, but it’s a big part of life’s musical score. One of t ...

Why Our Presidential Candidates Need a Manicure
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 8:26am | Type: Blog

Our presidential candidates could also benefit from an appointment at Pretty Nail Salon, to listen to the local narratives and deepen their understanding of how social policy is affecting the lives of the urba ...

Introducing The Emerging Voices Project: One Vision. Many Voices.
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Today, Sojourners in launching a new project called Emerging Voices, and it’s one of the most exciting things I have been involved with for a long time. It aims to mentor, develop, and promote the most dynamic ...

They're Not Racist. They Just Don't Know.
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

My sons, ages 13 and 10, spend two evenings each week on a golf course because I parent out of my own personal brokenness, which includes an acute awareness of life experiences and skills I was not exposed to ...

Why the Church is the Best Place for a Pussy Riot
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 5:24pm | Type: Blog

As a faith-based community organizer, I spend a great majority of my time trying to get political issues into the church so that the gospel can be relevant to the reality of those on and off the pews. Therefor ...

Respecting the Indigenous Hosts of This Land
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

In December, I will be hosting a public reading of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. I am doing so because page 45 of this 67 page document contains ...

The Weight
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

In fact, why aren’t there many chicken restaurants in neighborhoods like this? Why aren’t these wonderful shining examples of Christianity and life lining up to alleviate the suffering in these places? If we w ...

Is Michelle Obama a 'Missional' Christian?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Many black churches have done a better job of keeping a holistic, Monday-through-Saturday focus on their mission than some of their white counterparts. There is a lot to learn when we take the time to look at ...

Health Care and Judgment Day (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 8:54am | Type: Blog

One-hundred years after Teddy Roosevelt pressed for a national health care program — the Supreme Court has levied its judgment: States can opt out, but they cannot prevent the nation from offering its citizens ...

Racism, Moral Law and the Penn State Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

My heart is very heavy today as I read about the eight boys who were sexually assaulted by Gerald A. Sandusky in his home and in the locker rooms of the Penn State University campus. My soul deeply grieves to ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

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Am I Living the American Dream?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

<em>We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.</em></p> We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. ...

I Met a White Man and He Couldn't Dance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

<p>I attended a majority white high school in the late '70s and since that time my life has been one cross-cultural bowl of spaghetti. It tastes good but is really messy, sometimes sauce all over yo ...

Green My Hood
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create a new economy in the hood that would create jobs, lower energy costs, reduce the carbon footprint of an urban neighborhood, and allow neighbors to get to know one another a ...

'A Black Man Would Never Be President'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

When I was a kid I remember hearing and declaring that I could be anything I wanted to be, which included being the president of the United States. When I was a kid I remember hea ...

Family Values: Ministry or 'Just Life'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

I believe that every dedicated family following Jesus is a great instrument for the kingdom of God. A family serving together is a picture of God's love and grace. I believe ...

The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 11:07am | Type: Blog

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. ...