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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> &quo ...

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 ...

Does the Church Need a Missionary Code of Conduct?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I just recently became aware of a discussion that grew out of the Third Lausanne International Congress on World Evangelism in Cape Town this past October. I just recently became ...

The Dream Deferred for Millions of Americans
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">In his <a href="http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm">"I Have a Dream"</a> speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ...

Justice and Women
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact. We can hi ...

Remembering Katrina: A Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">I arrived in the faith-based advocacy community in Washington, D.C. fresh out of divinity school. I arrived in the faith-based advocac ...

Non-Cooperation with Evil in the Streets of Arizona
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. The clock nudged toward midnight on a cool Arizona summer evening. With monsoon moisture in the air and faint st ...

The Summer of Our Discontent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Remember January 2009? That month, the country witnessed the historic inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Remember January ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100813-interns.jpg"></a>Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> ...

Has Hate Corrupted the Church?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As a writer with a public blog, I've become used to getting hate emails. Sure, some people might leave offensive comments on a blog, but the real vitriol gets reserved for emails. ...

The Parable of Shirley Sherrod
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Shirley Sherrod <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/21/agriculture.employee.usda/index.html" target="_blank">incident</a>, the latest stumble in our nation's c ...

The Fair Sentencing Act: A (Small) Step Towards Making Things Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, prison, race, and justice (or the lack thereof).</p> I want to tell you a story. It's a tale about drugs, pr ...

The Tea Summit We All Should Attend
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The NAACP recently roared into the national spotlight when, during the organization's 101st Annual Convention, its delegates unanimously passed a <a href="http://www.naacp.org/blog/entry/why-we-pa ...

Glenn Beck, Wrong Again
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Once again, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/glenn-beck/">Glenn Beck</a> has waded into theological waters beyond his depth. Once again, Glenn Beck has ...

Tupac Shakur: Liberation Theologian for Our Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once every generation. Many music critics have said that a truly special artist comes around only once e ...

Adjusting to an Inter-racial Adoption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

A few weeks ago <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/21/ignoramus-racial-moments-and-interracial-adoption/">I traveled to Ethiopia to pick up our adopted son, Isaac.</a> Isaac was abando ...

The Revolution of the Heart Begins in Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

For nearly two months <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/oil-spill/">oil has gushed into the Gulf </a>because of BP's government-endorsed "error." The environmental destruct ...

Seeing Our Place in the Matrix
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I won't forget the day the 15-year-old Korean exchange student I tutored informed me she needed surgery to "correct" her eyes. I stopped my grammar lesson and had her teach me about racism.</ ...

Diversity is the New Normal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/04/diversity-is-the-new-normal/"></a>One of my readers sent me a video a couple months ago because, well, I somehow mysteriously got on thi ...