Returning Home, Part III

*This is the third installment in a three part series on the Year of Return* Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing about my experience in Ghana last year for the Year of Return. In the first entry, Dreaming of Home, I talked about the things that led up to me going. In …

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Coming Home, Part II

*This is the second installment is a 3 part series on the Year of Return* I have never really talked in depth about my experience in Ghana last year. However, as our community continues to be harmed by structural violence, I wanted to take this time to reflect on my experience publicly. And as I …

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Dreaming of Home, Part 1

In 2018, Ghanian president Nana Akufo-Addo announced before the U.N. that 2019 would be the Year of Return for Africans across the diaspora. This was important because 2019 marked the 400th year since Africans were stolen and forcibly enslaved in the British colonies in what would become the United States. Although Africans had been enslaved …

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George Floyd and Hoping for Systems Change

A reflection I wrote a few years ago keeps ringing in my ears as I think about what work will look like tomorrow and from here on out. For the last four years, I have worked for the City of Minneapolis on issues of "equity," and for the last four years, it has felt like …

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Unveiled and Unfettered

  I am seminary trained and have spent my entire adult life working with the biblical text in my preaching. And yet, life has also taught me that God’s image and God’s Word is bigger than the Bible (or any of our other ancient scriptures from other faith traditions) alone. Many of our ancient narratives …

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Sacred Duplicity

I offered this poem I wrote to our church as a lament during our Race Relations Sunday service. And here I offer it again, understanding the role of lament and an honest examination of our current reality - and our history - to move us forward.  Sacred Duplicity America! The proverbial land flowing with milk …

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