I've told this story before. Maybe not on this blog, but I've told it before. When I began seminary at the University of Chicago Divinity School, all new university students were given a variety of orientation presentations. The safety presentation was delivered by the head of the campus police … Read more about Richmond Hill
For several years I have been thinking and talking about race reconciliation in the United States. It was a series of youth mission trips at Fourth Presbyterian Church that set me on this path. When Kurt Esslinger and I led a trip to New Orleans in 2008, our prep work and on-the-ground … Read more about It’s Time for Truth and Reconciliation
I woke up this morning to discover that the gun violence in Chicago was severe enough over the holiday weekend to make the national news. Later in the day my good friend and ministry partner Ronnie Matthew Harris sent me this piece he wrote yesterday. His is an important voice to hear in these days … Read more about Guest Post: What to an African American is the Fourth of July?
Our new house has a flag pole holder on the front porch and I plan to fly an American flag tomorrow for the Fourth of July. It feels like a big deal to me because I've had mixed feeling about flying the flag over the years. I grew up pledging allegiance to the flag every morning at the beginning of … Read more about Flying Flags
Last week I ran across a humorous article---"Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 240 Million Undocumented Whites"---and posted it on my Facebook page. People have appreciated its perspective and have shared it as well. I continue to think about it. Jim Wallis has called racism America's … Read more about America’s Original Sin
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 Reflection The first time I traveled to Cuba was about six weeks after September 11, 2001. The events of that fateful day were still very fresh in our hearts and minds, and our nerves were still quite raw. We were just beginning to figure out what it means to … Read more about On Loving Our Enemies
I preached this sermon yesterday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The context is MLK weekend and the scripture reading was John 1:43-51. One time when I was in high school my family took a weekend trip to New Orleans and spent most of our time in the French … Read more about Can Anything Good Come Out Of…?
Yesterday Anthony Smith, who blogs at postmodernnegro.com, published a guest post on Tony Jones' blog reflecting on Ferguson. Building on a notion from Jacques Derrida, he wondered if racial justice in America is a possibility---only a possibility that will never be realized. This is too … Read more about I Can’t Live Without Hope