Powell: The power of kneeling

Oct 30, 2017 by

Americans and Anabaptists, we have a problem. It’s a race problem. We’ve begun to have a conversation about racial injustice and the killing of black folks. But the issue keeps changing. Recently the...

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A white man with guns

Oct 23, 2017 by

Was it terrorism? No. The shooter was white. The mass shooting that took the lives of at least 59 people and injured hundreds at an Oct. 1 country music concert in Las Vegas revealed much about American racial...

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Watson: Deeper than charity

Jun 5, 2017 by

Reparations is a chilling word to most white people. An aggressive, accusatory word that will have many people skipping over this column before they finish the first paragraph. I invite you to stay with me. As...

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Opinion: A white Christian’s place

Aug 15, 2016 by

On a Sunday afternoon, after a sedate morning worship gathering, I took a hand-lettered sign and boarded the train to join whatever marchers might be gathering in downtown Atlanta after the latest spate of gun...

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Serving with Choctaw, couple have seen prejudice, progress

Aug 1, 2016 by and

MERIDIAN, Miss. — A bullet tore through the home of Glenn and Emma Myers. It punctured the frame of a bed set against an outside wall. The shooting happened in 1967 in Philadelphia, the heart of civil-rights...

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No more silence

Aug 1, 2016 by

My daughter is a social justice advocate in her city. We recently had a conversation about the realities of living as a person of color. At one point she said, “Dad, I’m scared!” She described an...

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Under the sky

Jul 20, 2016 by

I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother...

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Where will I stand?

Jul 19, 2016 by

It seems to me that a new line was crossed in recent weeks. First, two public encounters with police were caught on video resulting in two dead African-American men. Then in Dallas, five police officers were...

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Fierce urgency

Jun 20, 2016 by

As the presidential race becomes more intense, the rhetoric, division and hatred have intensified. There is a deep-seated hostility toward marginalized people. The idea of a postracial environment has taken a...

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When Jesus calls a desperate mom a dog

Mar 2, 2016 by

Most Christians I know are uncomfortable with Jesus’ response to the mom in Mark 7:24 – 30. For those who don’t know the story, here it is… Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre...

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Climate of discontent

Jun 8, 2015 by

A friend told me about a conversation with a colleague who said, “You seem to have a bee in your bonnet about racism and violence against blacks. We all have the same opportunity, so let’s just move on.”...

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Dreams, deeds and the soul of Selma

Mar 9, 2015 by

Tens of thousands of Americans made the pilgrimage to Selma, Ala., March 7. They came to remember the sacrifices of everyday people who risked their lives to expand voting rights in this country. As President...

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Proximity doesn’t equal peace

May 8, 2014 by

Lately, I’ve found myself working more and more with adults who are interested in exploring conversations about race, justice and reconciliation. It is not uncommon for adults to draw comparisons between...

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