Love

Love

I’ve always secretly hated 1 Corinthians 13. As a perfectionist, I would read about all of the things that love is, be painfully reminded that my behaviors don’t perfectly adhere to the “love checklist”, swiftly conclude that I am nothing more than a clanging cymbal, and shrink away in shame. Then last week, a dear […]

An announcement

Dear friends, I want to let you know that I have decided to leave my position as the Director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, effective immediately. Over the last few months, it has become clear to me that it is not a good fit. I plan to fulfill my commitment to […]

Hope by George Frederic Watts

The Privilege of Hopelessness

“Despair is a luxury of the bourgeoisie.” – overheard in a Palestinian refugee camp This fall, as I’ve battled to maintain hope in the midst of continuing police brutality toward black bodies, increased hatred for our Muslim brothers and sisters, the public support for wildly oppressive comments from wildly oppressive Presidential candidates, the continuing crisis […]

3 Reasons Why I Hate Diversity

3 Reasons Why I Hate Diversity

Today, I’m over at Ed Stetzer’s blog at ChristianityToday.com reflecting on recent research that shows that American churchgoers continue to balk at the idea of diversity. Head on over there and join the conversation!    

Why black millennials will lead us to a more equitable society

Why black millennials will lead us to a more equitable society

NOTE: The editorial team at Sojourners asked me to write a short piece for a series on Black Future Month. My piece is published over at Sojourners as well as below. Be sure to check out the rest of the Black Future Month series! The zeitgeist is clear. Much like Emmett Till’s murder in 1955 […]

3 MLK quotes that convict me today

3 MLK quotes that convict me today

All quotes are taken from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s essay An Experiment in Love (1958) which he wrote to describe the nonviolent philosophy behind the Montgomery bus boycott. 1. A fifth point regarding nonviolent resistance is that it avoids not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. The nonviolent resistor not only […]