“Upon reflection, we can be grateful for the attachments formed between Albert, Lizzie, Jim, Charles, and countless others [and their owners]. Bonds like these led to profound changes that began in the heart and grew to relieve a nation.” Continue reading Reparations and Repentance, part 1
In 2004, Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino wrote: “We live in a culture of concealment, of distortion, and thus in effect we are living in a lie. There is not only structural injustice, not only institutionalized violence-but also institutionalized concealment, distortion, and lies. And vast resources are used to maintain that structure.” Continue reading Reconciliation Ambassadors
I could not stop myself from the inevitable dive into the salty tear-filled pool of white fragility Continue reading What it means to be “woke”: An activist’s confession for this time
Here’s the thing.
The Magi were mistaken.
What in the world are you doing here, Elijah? You are supposed to be out there in Damascus calling attention to corruption. You are supposed to be bringing people to repentance. You are supposed to be challenging the status quo, moving people out of their complacency, motivating my people to return to me. What are you doing here? That question echoes through the centuries and resounds in this room, this very day. Continue reading What Are We Going to Do?
Jesus isn’t concerned about the cause and effect nature of their unjust death. What he is interested in is the wake-up call that such events provided. Continue reading Repentance is Now
This Spring, when the Oakland City Council was wading hip-deep into budget negotiations, Councilmember Lynette McElhaney proposed a new Department … Continue reading Things that Make for Peace: Thoughts on a Department of Violence Prevention