Martin Luther King, Jr. and the White Church
Anyone sensitive to the present moods, morals, and trends in our nation must know that the time for racial justice has come. –Martin Luther King, Jr. August 5, 1962 Almost 54 years ago Dr. King wrote “The Case Against Tokenism,” a short essay published in the New York Times magazine. Its eerie resonance with America’s continued struggle with race hits me this year more than ever. 2015 was a year of wake up calls and reality checks on matters of race. Far from being a problem of our past, racism is an open wound of our present. It is a … Read the full postContinue Reading
WBAA Community Voices–First Post on Sports Justice
The NPR station in West Lafayette, IN, WBAA, begins a new “Community Voices” series. I will be the monthly contributor about issues in sports. My blog post on paying collegiate athletes is up. Take a look here and join the conversation.Continue Reading
A Word About Christmas
If you had to write down five words to describe Christmas, I wonder what they would be. If you are a Christian, I hope one of those words is Jesus. For anybody who lives in the U.S.A., Santa Claus may be one of the words. Family, presents, tree, or food might be on your list. You may even list wonder, manger, and miracle. But, what if you could just use one word, just one, to describe Christmas? What if you only had one chance to distill it down to its very essence? What would your word be? Courage. That’s the … Read the full postContinue Reading
An Event on Concussions and Sports Justice
On Sunday, March 20 at 4:30pm at the Lafayette Theater, John and I are hosting a screening of the powerful new documentary, The Business of Amateurs, created by former USC football player, Bob Demars. Following the film we will have a panel discussion on concussions and issues of justice in sports with Bob Demars and Purdue engineers doing ground breaking research on concussions.
If you can, please help us raise the funds to cover the costs of this important event.
Power to the Players!
Saturday evening, many of the University of Missouri football players took a stand against racism at their school. They said no more football until the University President resigns because of his failure to address both the overt and systemic racism that has repeatedly reared its head at UM. I hear a lot of white people (especially of the male variety), expressing “concern” and even anger that players would have the audacity to make such demands. They say they should have their scholarships revoked if they refuse to participate in team activities and games. This kind of reaction is just the … Read the full postContinue Reading
New Book Released on Racism and the Church
My new book, A Body Broken, A Body Betrayed: Race, Memory, and Eucharist in White-Dominant Churches, co-authored with Duke Divinity School theologian Mary McClintock Fulkerson, is out from Cascade Books.
A Cross Country Parable
There once was *a boy who played a lot of video games. He always got picked last in gym class and he had started to believe he wasn’t ever going to find something he was good at. There once was a girl who had lots of friends but lived in fear they would find out her secret shame. She lived in a household with lots of pain. She wondered if the scars would ever disappear. There once was another boy for whom running came easy. He was good at it, but had never really risked working too hard. It was … Read the full postContinue Reading
Registration Open for Wandering Home 2016
The rhythm of telling and listening, movement and stillness,
song and silence has been very restorative for me
It has been grace-filled. The shape of the retreat allowed me to shed layers of hurt and anger and become transparent to joy.
I feel like I’m visible again~I found deep unnamed healing
It was my first spiritual retreat, but it won’t be my last.
-2014 Wandering Home Participant Testimonials
Wandering Home 2016 will be held at St. Mary’s in Sewanee, TN. Click here for more information and to register.Continue Reading
The Whence of the Isms of (the) U(nited)S(tates)…
I am a contributor to the Feminism and Religion blog. Here is an excerpt of my most recent post. Thus, when enemies or friends Are seen to act improperly, Be calm and call to mind That everything arises from conditions. -Shantideva, Bodhicharyāvatāra The early Indian teacher, Shantideva, calls humanity to a deeper exploration of the people and situations we encounter. While it may sound simple, his invitation can be very difficult for American mentalities. He is asking us to look at something more complicated than the individual who acts; he is pointing us toward the causes and conditions that give … Read the full postContinue Reading