This Day

I refuse to watch the dash cam footage. I don't need to watch it to know what is there. And even still, knowing that the evidence visibly shows that Philando Castile did no wrong makes me want to fall apart. Knowing that Philando was killed while a 4 year old girl was in the car …

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Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving for Women

To God Both our Father and our Mother Who created the heavens and the earth Who separated the waters from the land Who brought forth vegetables and fruit trees of every kind Who spoke light into existence Who created creatures of the land, earth, and sea Who formed both men and women in your very …

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Have Mercy: A Prayer for Justice and Reconciliation

Have mercy on those who are suffering, have mercy on the persecuted, oppressed and marginalized. Have mercy on those who are targeted because of the color of their skin; have mercy on those who are profiled because of who they decide to pray to, disregarded because of who they love. Have mercy on those whose hopes …

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Racial Justice: A Multifaceted Approach

The roots of racism run deep in the soil of the United States of America. These roots did not grow overnight, but as a result of policy, practices and procedures over the course of hundreds of years, the roots are there and the system is massive. The roots were first planted with the systematic removal …

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Broken by Racism, Healed through Prayer

The killing of Mike Brown nearly a month ago has unfortunately proven that we do not live in a post-racial America. While a black man sits in the highest seat of authority in this country, his position has not lessened the degree to which black bodies are profiled and stereotyped on a daily basis. In …

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Lord’s Prayer as Social Justice Theology: Give Us Our Daily Bread (Part 5)

Over the next several weeks, I will be exploring the Lord’s Prayer as a model for forming a social justice theology. Throughout this series, I will be proposing that Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 6 show believers how to pray and also how we should reorient our lives and relationships with one another in light of …

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The City, Chaos and the God Who Makes All Things New

A few days ago, I drove down Franklin heading to a training session with an organization that I do some work with on the side (yes, in addition to my already BUSY life). As I neared my destination, something disturbing and frankly scary caught my attention. Up against the side of a building I saw …

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