Where are the Aunties?

Where are the Aunties?
I decided to get in a quick power walk at our local park before church on this past Sunday—the day after the white supremacist violence erupted in Charlottesville. After my walk, I stopped briefly at a local store to pick up some toiletries. As I walked down the shower gel aisle, I passed a young African-American man ambling, sort of standing, sort of walking back and forth. I looked at him, and proclaimed, “I can’t remember what else I came in here to get...

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization

Our Dividing Moment–Understanding The Matrix of Polarization
Note: This is Part 1 of a Two-part Post. A coworker is silently angry with a colleague for voting against his candidate. An upper middle class woman emotionally volleys back and forth with her neighbor on their different votes in this past election. On Sunday, November 13,  many Pastors led their congregations in prayers of thanksgiving over the results of this election, yet just as many led prayers of lament. On election night, a woman of colo

Hurrah for Harriet: 5 Things I Learned About The New $20

Hurrah for Harriet: 5 Things I Learned About The New $20
I must admit I was quite perplexed when I saw on Twitter the announcement that the United States Treasury Department was placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. I was conflicted. The root of my consternation seemed to be in what I saw as a clash of symbols. To me our currency always symbolized capitalism and the the power to trade, buy and sell. For me, Harriet Tubman represents the resistance to buying and trading slaves—humans that the government at the

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though known as a civil rights leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, in recently reading his book of sermons, "The Strength to Love,” I was keenly reminded through his passionate words, colorful metaphors and spiritual themes, that Dr. King was first and foremost, a man of God -- preacher and pastor. In a day and time, when so many preachers are clamoring to make "their minist...

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela

5 Lessons on Implicit Bias From Nelson Mandela
As we mark the first year anniversary of the death of Mr. Nelson Mandela, this post is dedicated to the memory of a world-class leader who taught us so much about inclusion, forgiveness and reconciliation. ** In his memoir, Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela recounts an incident that occurred early in the anti-apartheid movement on one of his trips to garner support from other African leaders. The incident caused him to experience what he called “a str...

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation
Over the weekend I held two crucial conversations on race. One with a young adult relative who has been facing some pretty complex challenges that have resulted in him dealing with the issues and frustrations he is facing by acting out rather than talking it out. The other was in a sermon to the congregation where I serve addressing the pressing needs of our communities as exemplified in Ferguson, Missouri. Crucial Conversations Joseph Grenny, co-aut