me & white supremacy, day one

Note: One of my Lenten disciplines is to work through the me & white supremacy workbook by Layla Saad. I got to the end of Day One reading and thought “I know all of this”. Saad says not to be “self-congratulatory” and I honestly think I wasn’t. I guess this reveals a gulf between my awareness and my action. I am aware that I have … Continue reading me & white supremacy, day one

Where is God’s Hand in Today’s Struggles?

This is part one of a series of reflections on Charlottesville via Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech “I See the Promised Land” (text and audio here). See the Intro here. The nation is sick, trouble is in the land, confusion all around. That’s a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. (All … Continue reading Where is God’s Hand in Today’s Struggles?

On Not Preaching about Charleston

I can only think of one good reason to not preach on the Charleston shootings: you can’t think of anything to say. Maybe you had exhausted all the things you could say after Ferguson or Staten Island or Baltimore, or Trayvon Martin or Tamir Rice. I understand. I don’t quite condone it, since speaking to the sins of the world is part of the preacher’s … Continue reading On Not Preaching about Charleston

More Thoughts on White Privilege

I’ve had many thoughts on white privilege lately. This is in addition to those admissions I made earlier (here). In no particular order… I’ve identified some hallmarks of white privilege Ability to provide simple answers to complex matters. (i.e. “He shouldn’t have pushed that store owner.”) Propensity for nitpicking details of an occurrence while disregarding larger trends that lead to such occurrences. (i.e. playing the … Continue reading More Thoughts on White Privilege