Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove directs the School for Conversion in Durham, N.C. He is a member of the National Steering Committee of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and author of the forthcoming Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion.

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Soul Force vs. The Assassin

Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth, by James W. Douglass.

An Advent Reflection: Being a Hospitality House

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"Away in a manger" at the Holy Cross Monastery, NY. Via Wylio:

I think of Mary, the young woman whose eyes were opened to God’s messenger, whose womb was opened to God in human flesh. The Greeks call her theotokos — the God-bearer.

She is the one who welcomed Jesus to make his home in her. Blessed among women, she is a model for us.

She’s not just an inspiration for a house of hospitality. She is one.

Two years ago, Leah was very pregnant during Advent. Because of high blood pressure, she was on bed rest for most of it. So we waited.

We waited for our daughter to come, and we waited for Christmas. We waited with Mary to greet face-to-face the One whom we invite into our lives every time we whisper a prayer.

Waiting, we learned, changes your relationship to time. You stop partitioning it into blocks, and you learn to receive it.

Is Revivalist Spirituality Still Relevant Today?

I made my first trip to the Greenbelt Festival in the UK last summer.

How William J. Barber Saved Wake County Schools

February is Black History month.

Community's Messy Grace

The Gifts of the Small Church by Jason Byassee. Abingdon Press.

Come Celebrate With Us Where You Are

A few years ago, a bunch of activist-types and a bunch of prayer-warriors got together to create a prayer book with the goal of bringing together the Bible and the newspaper.

Health Care and a New Imagination

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital.

Giving Up Your Spiritual Journey (and Putting Down Roots)

Don lived for years in the Chicago area, working hard and trying to keep up with the fast pace of his profession.

Searching for Community in a Hyper-Mobile Culture

My friend Joe told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously.

My Education in Wake County Jail

I got locked up once when I was in seminary.