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Ferguson Letter from Black Clergy Becomes Interracial Call for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/22/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

As the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner collected signatures for a statement by leaders of African-American church groups about the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of Michael Brown, she found more people wanted to ...

Not As Helpless As We Think: 3 Ways to Stand In Solidarity With Ferguson
Originally Posted: 08/21/2014 - 9:22am | Type: Blog

I’ve heard from many of my white friends and readers who say they aren’t sure how to respond to the anger and grief they are watching on TV or hearing from their black friends. They want to be part of the solu ...

Three Barriers Hijacking Christians' Ability to Love Our 'Enemies'
Originally Posted: 08/20/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

Rather than rally together as a family navigating a season of trauma, we have used this moment to divide, stir hatred and misunderstanding, point fingers, and more than anything, view those on the opposite sid ...

An Invitation to Disruption: A Call to White Churches
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

Here’s a sacred invitation, perhaps even a kairos moment, to make your voices heard in ways that speak to solidarity with suffering. It was July 19, 2013, and we were leaving New ...

When Christians Lack Imagination, They Lack Love
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

When you can’t imagine, you can’t empathize, understand, or relate with the actions, struggles, pain, suffering, persecution, and trials of others — you become apathetic, unmoved, stoic, and inactive. ...

Don't Ignore It: 5 Ways Christians and Churches Must Engage Michael Brown’s Death
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 9:08am | Type: Blog

But I thought it would be helpful to share a few thoughts how churches, Christians, and leaders can be engaging the events of this past 11 days in their respective churches – now and in the future. ...

Imagine it IS Your Family
Originally Posted: 08/18/2014 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Many of my African-American sisters and brothers are furious. Yet another child has been felled. The challenge is this — if a tree falls in the forest and white folks don’t hear it, does it make a noise? Many ...

Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

When Terror Wears a Badge
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Over the past three weeks there have been four separate incidents that have led to the deaths of four unarmed black men at the hands of police. ... Each incident serves as a reminder that as a black man in Ame ...

A National Shame
Originally Posted: 08/19/2014 - 2:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ruby Sales Susan Smith Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an ...

Schuette vs. the Image of God
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 9:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Can a vote outlaw equal protection under the law? The Court seems to think so. IN 2006, A ...

How Brown v. Board of Education Still Shapes Our Religious Life
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Not long ago, I visited Topeka, Kan., to teach at one of those grand old mainline churches that got caught in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. Not long ago, I visited ...

Moses Rising
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Most people consider the story of Moses a fable, myth, or maybe even ancient history — but not the kind of history capable of repeating itself. Except that it has been repeated. History is rampant with faith-f ...

Does Jesus Love African-American Males?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! Does Jesus love African-American males? Then why aren’t we telling them so?! I recently held a To ...

Part V: Unified in Our Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 6:58am | Type: Blog

The future of Rwanda belongs to them — the audacious teenagers who remember that they are all Rwandan. Despite differences, disagreements and ethnic tension, they affirm that their history is relevant. They to ...

Open Letter to White People: Why I am Donald Sterling and So Are You
Originally Posted: 05/02/2014 - 9:53am | Type: Blog

We need to take a long, painful look in the mirror. The image we see will make us uncomfortable, but, tragically, it is us. The image staring you back at you is the image of Donald Sterling. ...

Donald Sterling: Façade, Fiction, and Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 6:48am | Type: Blog

Sterling does not “support them.” He pays them for work. He does not “give them food.” He gives them a wage for employment. He does not give his players “clothes, and cars, and houses.” The Clippers Corporatio ...

Time to Stop the Train: Keeping Our Young Brothers of Color
Originally Posted: 03/06/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

These children are our children. These men are our brothers. Are we our brothers’ keepers? As Christians, our answer must be yes. I have a vivid memory of my first visit to Sing S ...

The Michael Dunn Trial Verdict Sparks Renewed Debate Over Racial Injustice
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

February 20, 2014 Sojo in the News Scott Alessi ...

Transcript For Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons And Lucas Johnson On Deromanticizing The Civil Rights Movement And Rediscovering Its Humanity
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Press

January 16, 2014 Sojo in the News Krista Tippett ...

The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The Bible is a multicultural book. This statement may sound controversial but archeology, history, and the text prove it to be true. “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia ...

'If I Were White, I'd Be Better Off'
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

When a 9-year-old boy can see the sad reality of white privilege and understand that the color of your skin is what defines you in our society, we have a serious problem. &quo ...

Stand Your Ground Has No Moral Ground
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

The problem is the systemic injustice inherent in Stand Your Ground laws: just feeling like you are being threatened can justify your response in “self-defense.” Some laws are gre ...

Dialogues with Harlem Heritage: A Church’s Prophetic Voice in the Context of Diversity
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

As our churches strive to become those “beloved communities,” we remember a Christ who became conversant with the desolation of a wilderness experience, and the pain of the cross so our world could be tethered ...

A Spirituality of Solitude
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Robert Hirschfield Marking the centennial of pacifist poet William Stafford Miles of yellow wheat bend; the ...

Shifting the Frame
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Otis Moss III U.S. cinema has been an enforcer of our racialized imagination—but that’s changing. “CINEMA IS ...

'Dear Martin': Bishop's Letters to MLK Trace the Highs and Lows in Race Relations
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 9:22pm | Type: Blog

The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with speeches, prayers, and volunteer service. The nation will mark the birthday of the Rev. Martin ...

White People Need a Non-White Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

If our modern Jesus is only white, then we miss who Jesus really was and is today. In the wake of Megyn Kelly’s statement that “Jesus was a white man,” critics have quickly and un ...

No, Megyn Kelly, Jesus and Santa Weren't White
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Rather than fight over Santa's and Jesus' race, it might be a good idea to confront the underlying issue of racism in America. Conservative talk show host Megyn Kelly cl ...

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Business leaders, law enforcement officials, and evangelical Christians—key constituencies that are typically part of the Republican base—have been at the forefront of immigration reform. ...

Racial Reconciliation Resources
Originally Posted: 11/14/2013 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Racism continues to plague our nation. It doesn't have to be this way. Racism continues to ...

Southern Baptists' LifeWay Apologizes for Offensive Curriculum
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 6:13pm | Type: Blog

The president of Southern Baptist retailer LifeWay Christian Resources has apologized for publishing Vacation Bible School material nearly 10 years ago that “used racial stereotypes that offended many in the A ...

'American Promise' Film Documents Two Black Families Navigating Education in America
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 12:47pm | Type: Blog

The documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class, and opportunity. American Promise  spans 13 years as Joe Brewste ...

'I Have A Complaint' -- No -- 'I Have A Dream'
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:59pm | Type: Press

August 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

After Racial Strife, New Pledge Commits Christians to Unity and Solidarity
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 10:02am | Type: Press

October 24, 2013 Press Releases At the end of a year that exposed the ...

The Most Controversial Sentence I Ever Wrote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

The most controversial sentence I ever wrote, considering the response to it, was not about abortion, marriage equality, the wars in Vietnam or Iraq, elections, or anything to do with national or church politi ...

The American Church's Absence of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

The absence of lament in the liturgy of the American church results in the loss of memory. When we consider the typical church worship service in the United States, we discover ce ...

Waiting for Another MLK
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

Are we waiting for another Dr. King? As I collect my thoughts to write these words, I’m mindful that I don’t honestly know what discrimination is. I have never (consciously) experienced discrimination because ...

Slave Mentality
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

Jesus shared the same experience as my ancestors, the enslaved African. My ancestors rescued that story, through faith in a living, breathing God. Crickets chirping, a branch crea ...

How Feeling Each Other’s Pain Changes Everything
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

When we identify with people, we extend our hearts and hands to them. Strange but beautiful things happen when we begin to identify with people who are culturally different. A fe ...

'12 Years a Slave:' A Film of Moral Gravity
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

If millions of Americans flock to the theaters to see 12 Years a Slave as they’re doing for Gravity, then perhaps some of these important conversations can be had — if not in our public media (most of which ar ...

Racism is a Sin Affecting Abuser and Abused
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

The ethos of slavery still runs deep in our national consciousness. Alfre Woodard, a supporting actress in the upcoming movie 12 Years a Slave, hopes that point is taken by all who see it. ...

'12 Years a Slave' — Could It Happen Again?
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:15pm | Type: Blog

Only as we fight for political, judicial, economic, and educational freedom for all can each of us remain free. I watched  12 Years a Slave  today. The film is based on Solo ...

'12 Years a Slave' Creates 'New Space for Antebellum Storytelling'
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave sits within and outside the Hollywood fantasy of antebellum life. Since the production of  The Birth of a Nation , Hollywood has lived with the ...

Letters from a School Near MLK Street
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Read Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the laborers in the field. But in place of American blue-collar workers dealing with the loss of manufacturing, or Hispanic day-laborers waiting to be hired throughout the ...

Education as an Exercise in Dominion
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Poorer communities — mostly black and Latino — have schools without books and fewer qualified teachers while richer communities — mostly white — have Olympic-sized swimming pools, AP and college-credit course ...

From the Archives: November 1994
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Jennifer Parker Losing Innocence I GREW UP in rural Mississippi, a black girl who lived “out in the booneys,” ...

Diverse But Not Integrated: Religion’s Race Problem
Originally Posted: 08/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

The trouble is that, as the color-coded population distributions in the article point out, we’re just as segregated as before, despite living in relatively close proximity to one another. ...

'I Have A Complaint' — No — 'I Have a Dream'
Originally Posted: 08/29/2013 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

There was much to complain about for black Americans, and there is much to complain about today for many in this nation. But King taught us that day our complaints or critiques, or even our dissent will never ...

Crowds Recall the Faith that Animated MLK’s Unfinished Dream
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Fifty years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., knocked on the nation’s conscience with his dream, religious leaders gathered in a historic church to remind the nation that he was fueled by faith. ...