Demonstrating Christ

Dec 4, 2014 by

“Be patient,” they say. “Be peaceful,” they say. “Just wait,” they say, “for this is how Christ behaved . . . MLK behaved . . . the truly godly behave.” But I...

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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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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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Why privileged people love quoting MLK

Oct 8, 2014 by

If you’re outspoken on the issue of race, chances are, at one point or another, you’ve had a conversation with a self-proclaimed pacifist who has cited Martin Luther King Jr. King was nonviolent, they...

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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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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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Just wait

Sep 12, 2014 by

“Just wait a few more generations. Soon all the old people will be gone.” “My children’s generation is so much more diverse. They’ll be better at this.” “The bigotry...

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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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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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On safety and security in South Africa

Jul 2, 2014 by

Within the steering committee of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa, we have come to value the opportunity of having a space for ongoing reflection regarding our common desire of being faithful disciples...

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Jesus and racial reconciliation

Jun 26, 2014 by

If you were to read an account today of a white man offering his front row seat on a public bus to an elderly African-American woman, you’d probably think this was a nice gesture, but nothing more. However,...

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10 racial reconciliation conversation deflections

Jun 19, 2014 by

My friend Grace Sandra wrote an article for Christianity Today on the vulnerabilities faced by black women where she discusses the links between her personal experiences, current events and statistics....

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Quilting cultures

Jun 16, 2014 by and

ELKHART, Ind. — Several women stood around the nascent quilt spread on the floor of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church one Saturday last month. They were examining the illustrated pieces of cloth tentatively...

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