Can we tear down the walls?

Nov 10, 2014 by

Walls hinder just relationships everywhere. Global, national and local communities have erected emotional, social and psychological walls that create uncertainty. Conflicts among religious, cultural and ethnic...

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Stop the domestic arms race

Sep 29, 2014 by

After the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., people from every sector of society began, again, discussing the issue of race. Some vehemently denied race was the incident’s operative...

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Love connection

Aug 18, 2014 by

A colleague and friend delved with me into the land mines of the controversies erupting around us. We agreed that our communities, both civil and religious, are filled with distrust, hate and...

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Growing churches in diverse communities

Jul 7, 2014 by

The landscape for church membership is constantly changing. A 2007 Pew Research Study revealed significant changes in church participation. The United States is quickly becoming a marginally Protestant...

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Writing a better script

May 26, 2014 by

Becoming a racially inclusive community in Anabaptist structures is difficult. Advocates of undoing racism face challenges that seem overwhelming. White allies want to deal justly with people of...

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Got Jesus?

Apr 14, 2014 by

Passion Week, particularly Easter (or Resurrection Sunday), is the most sacred event for most Christians. We pause to reflect on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus has fulfilled God’s...

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Call for conversation

Mar 3, 2014 by

My congregation planned a worship service with a conversation on race. It was a revealing encounter for many present. Being the only African-American in the congregation, I and a white member sat up front...

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Stories: Paths to justice

Jan 20, 2014 by

Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian recently spoke at a peace and justice gathering in Detroit. He recalled the struggles of the civil rights era. He said they were successful because justice seekers supported...

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