Debating Ferguson

Ferguson Needs You

A few days ago I shared a Facebook link about a clergy-led non-violent act of resistance in Ferguson, MO next week and asked if anyone from Chicago was planning on going. It generated quite a debate between one of my oldest friends—who happens to be a police officer in Atlanta—and one of my new friends—who […]

What Comes After Divestment?


One of the things I was dreading about GA221 is another round of the fight we’ve been having about divestment for the past decade, a debate that has dominated much of my GA experience. I knew it would get ugly, and it has. Friends are treating each other like enemies. I confess my own complicity […]


“Abraham lived to the age of 175. Abraham took his last breath and died after a good long life, a content old man, and he was placed with his ancestors. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave in Machpelah, which is in the field of Zohar’s son Ephron the Hittite, near Mamre. […]

Living in a Sorrowing City

Urban Dolorosa

Last night I attended the second of five Urban Dolorosa memorial events to honor Chicago children killed by violence. Urban Dolorosa—“suffering city”—is a movement among Chicago faith communities to raise awareness about the 277 Chicago children and youth who have died since September 2008, to grieve their loss, and to inspire the city to do […]

Gathering Together at the Table

Photo by James Emery

At the beginning of October, the PC(USA) Middle Governing Bodies Commission will reconvene in Indianapolis. At this meeting we will finally engage each other about some of the more controversial aspects of our work. One of the issues that is looming for us—and being talked about throughout the denomination—is non-geographic presbyteries. For those not familiar […]