Understanding Baltimore

May 6, 2015 by

We live in a world where news about the news is almost as important as the news. Take for instance Baltimore. On April 26, Freddy Gray was killed while in police custody and over the weekend charges were...

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White privilege, guilt

Mar 2, 2015 by

The night in November when the news broke that officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., I joined a group of religious leaders intent on providing a...

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Beginning Advent with lament

Dec 9, 2014 by

A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah — weeping and mourning unrestrained, Rachel weeps for her children, Refusing to be comforted — For they are dead. – Matt. 2:18 I first wrote a longer version of this...

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Bluffton professor: Ferguson was years in the making

Dec 8, 2014 by

BLUFFTON, Ohio — The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., hasn’t surprised Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member. “This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” the...

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We still need to talk about Ferguson

Oct 10, 2014 by

I know, I know. The news cycle on this is over, and thoughts are elsewhere. But, Ferguson’s story happens in some form every day in our country. The sad truth is that too many folks consider brown bodies to...

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A nonviolent uprising

Oct 2, 2014 by

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: a “riot is the language of the unheard.” What happens when folks do not feel like their voices are being heard? They shout louder. Rioting is what almost happened in...

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More than three minutes

Aug 28, 2014 by

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the...

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Voices in the streets

Aug 22, 2014 by

This week I was glued to Twitter on more than one evening, watching the events in Ferguson, Mo., unfold in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. In light of these events, today’s gospel passage (Matt....

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A prayerful response to Ferguson

Aug 15, 2014 by

Asked why I raise my hands, I say a number of things: “I lift them to praise God for redeeming me.” My hands are holy because his hands were pierced, and so, I raise my hands. “I raise my hands to call...

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