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White Man: 'We Built This Country.' Really?
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

In the Christian context, it points, I think to the miles we have yet to journey toward “Thy Kingdom Come.” The Wild Goose Festival was awesome as expected this weekend in ...

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 ...

Christians Deliver Petition to Repeal Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Executive Order
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Today, two Christian leaders in Arizona delivered a petition signed by thousands of Christians to Gov. Jan Brewer calling on her to retract her controversial executive order denying driver’s licenses and other ...

Riding the Bus to Equality
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Is there a more universal symbol for public schools than a big, yellow school bus? Every morning at 7:15, the doors of our school open wide to a line of bus riders ready to come i ...

Sub-Human: A Justification of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

While dehumanization is seen throughout our history books, it is not merely an epidemic of the past, for it takes place each day, here in the present, sometimes profound, and oftentimes quite subtle. ...

No Turning Back: Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Unite Opposition
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Their efforts to rid Alabama of ethnic diversity has backfired on them, bringing forth a multicultural, bilingual movement that would not have emerged in Alabama for another 50 years were it not for HB 56 and ...

Race the Driving Factor Behind Arizona’s SB 1070?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivations behind SB 1070, claims the ACLU. E-mails from former Sen. Russell Pearce purportedly reveal the motivati ...

Former White Supremacist Sheds Hate, Embraces Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Two years ago, Chris Simpson led a white pride march. Six months ago, he abandoned the white supremacy movement. On April 15, he was baptized. RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two years ag ...

But It’s a Dry Hate: The Human Spirit of Arizona Will Not Be Broken
Originally Posted: 06/27/2012 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

The system is not broken, it is meant to break people. Even at 10 p.m., the dry heat caused the collapse of multiple people of faith gathered in a candlelight vigil outside Sherif ...

Racism Alive and Well in Jasper, Texas
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Clearly, reconciliation has yet to really happen in Jasper, which means there’s work for the Holy Spirit to do there. Undoubtedly many of Jasper’s community leaders are also involved in local faith communities ...

The Death of Darius Simmons and the Seeds of New Life
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Before we lay the cross of our nation’s racism upon Darius' shoulders, we should remember just how small they are. Before we look at the abundance of #WeAreDarius and 6 p.m. news sound bites, we should re ...

Southern Baptists’ Richard Land Loses Show, Keeps Job
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 6:10pm | Type: Blog

Land, the influential head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the denomination’s top policy spokesman, was rebuked for racial insensitivity and for not attr ...

TV Bad for Kids' Self-Esteem — Except White Boys
Originally Posted: 06/01/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

Watching TV is bad for kids' self-esteem, except if they're white boys.   Watching TV is bad for kids' self-esteem, except if they're white boys. (Seems li ...

Crisis on the Canadian Border
Originally Posted: 05/29/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

Harsh crackdowns on immigrant communities by law enforcement instill fear and breed distrust, preventing members of those communities from seeking help in moments of crisis and reporting legitimate offenses or ...

Marcus Robinson Spared Death Row Because of Racial Bias
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina's Racial Justice Act was just a piece of legislation until this morning, when Judge Gregory Weeks set aside a death penalty sentence that had been meted out to Marcus Robinson in 1994. ...

Faith Leaders Opposed to Prison Privatization
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

The rates of incarceration in the U.S are the highest in the industrialized world. Our criminal justice system is moving further away from the principles of due process, fair and equal justice, and access to c ...

Rachel is Weeping: Ending Racial Profiling in America
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Racial profiling not only threatens the psychological and emotional well-being of targeted communities. The practice can lead to death. Editor’s note: The following written test ...

Fellowship with Black Suffering: We are Trayvon Martin
Originally Posted: 04/04/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

To become black goes beyond a checkbox in a census data column. To become black is to enter into the experience of black pain – to enter a social, historical, yet living experience of a people group who were u ...

Women Wear Hijabs in Support of Slain Iraqi Woman
Originally Posted: 04/02/2012 - 8:49pm | Type: Blog

Non-Muslim women are posting photos of themselves wearing a headscarf on Facebook Page “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi,” in support of the slain mother of five. Jean Younis ...

Crossing the Racial Divide
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

Jesus radically broke with the prevailing culture and paradigms of his day. He reached across social, cultural, religious and ethnic boundaries. He built bridges, spanned the gap, and reconciled us to each oth ...

Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor For Wearing Hoodie For Trayvon
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

Think Progress reports that Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) was today removed from the floor of the House during an impassioned speech against the murder of Trayvon Martin. Think Progr ...

Soul-Searching for Colombia
Originally Posted: 03/28/2012 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It's ripped from the headlines: A young person is killed, but the police seem to be casting aspersions on the victim. It outrages us when it happens in Florida, and it should outrage us just as much when ...

Is Lamb to the Slaughter the Best We've Got?
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

My greatest fear for my children is the cautious regret I see on the many faces that can’t help but leave open the possibility there may be some justification for the Trayvon Martin tragedy. ...

Hoodie Sunday, Trayvon Martin, and the Confessions of a Nation
Originally Posted: 03/27/2012 - 6:04pm | Type: Blog

“Forgive us," the unnamed gentleman pleaded. "George Zimmerman was Latino. The horrible atrocity that has rocked our nation was committed by a Latino man. I am Latino. I ask for your forgiveness on ...

Survey Finds Deep Mistrust for Muslims in Canada
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

A new poll shows that 52 percent of Canadians feel Muslims can be trusted "a little" or "not trusted at all." The poll showed that 48 percent of respondents said Muslims can be trusted &quo ...

White Christians Sleep While Young Black Men Die
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 10:22am | Type: Blog

This is largely addressed to my white brothers and sisters, particularly those in the church. I’m a white woman, was raised in an almost all-white town and have spent most of my life in predominately white faith communities. White people don’t like to ...

Justice for Trayvon Martin: Million Hoody March
Originally Posted: 03/21/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old boy. On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an un ...

Racial Jeopardy and American Politics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

During a roundtable chat with a group of emerging young evangelical leaders recently, someone posed the question: “Has America become a post racial society?” Well, we haven’t had a race riot in a while — does ...

GOP Nostalgia is a Symptom of Privilege
Originally Posted: 01/23/2012 - 5:53pm | Type: Blog

The point is simple but compelling. Those in the position of privilege to write history are the ones whose story is most prominently told. So when we talk about going back to some better time, it’s with the le ...

Is George Lucas Revealing Hollywood’s Systemic Racism?
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

The Star Wars saga helped define pop culture in many ways throughout my childhood. And so George Lucas, creator of the epic films, was the cinematic god of our youth. And if anyone has juice in Hollywood to ge ...

Immigration: Alabama is Organizing... Again!
Originally Posted: 01/05/2012 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

I felt like I had been transported back to a black, white and sepia toned era, but these events took place over the last six months! Those who follow me on Twitter know that o ...

Santa Claus and Black Face: Is Sinterklaas the Innocent Victim of Culture Clash or a Racist Anachronism?
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The Dutch Christmas celebration Sinterklaas, celebrated Dec. 5 and 6, sounds like a charming holiday tradition from the old country. But is it simply that? Happy Sinterklaas? ...

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 ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

The Polemics of Forgiveness
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 6:24am | Type: Blog

The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. The Gate of Forgiveness, Jerusalem. Photo by Deror Avi. In the wake of Troy Davis' exe ...

Martin Luther King's Other Dream
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The forthcoming dedication of the national memorial monument honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., affords an opening for considering the complexity and meaning of his leadership. ...

Saying Goodbye to Uncle John: My Memories of John Stott
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. John Stott died this Wednesday. He was 90 years old. What many people don't understand is that he was the most influentia ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

Enough Activists, But Not Enough Convergence: An Interview With James Lawson
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Over lunch last week, during the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's <a href="http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletche ...

Crazy, Holy, Hungry Ones: My Wild Goose Festival Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>"Blessed are the good-hearted, poets, and the dreamers. And all us crazy, holy, hungry ones who still believe in something better."</em></p> "Ble ...

Why I Love Fire, Pentecost, and the Beloved Community
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Blog

This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest holi-days: Pentecost. This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest hol ...

Why Do Christians Think It's Blasphemous to Doubt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Not too long ago, a family member told me in hushed sad tones that he was praying for me. I wasn't ill. I wasn't going through a tough time. No. Not too long ago, a fami ...

The Dark Underbelly of Fundamentalist, Charismatic Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was raised in a charismatic megachurch that prided itself in being "non-religious." Our pastor thought of himself as a grace preacher, and in many ways he was. I was r ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Disrupt and Rebuild
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 4:13pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar Latina/o Social Ethics: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking, by Miguel A. De La Torre. ...

The Cincinnati Riots and the Racism That Remains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a gunshot fired by a police officer in Over-the-Rhine -- a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten years ago, Timothy Thomas died from a guns ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Why We Need Criminal Justice Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. The nearly 2.3 million people in U.S. prisons and jails accounts for 25 percent of the world's incarcerated, and, as Michelle Alexander ...