The Gift and Challenge of Memory

The Gift and Challenge of Memory

A powerful moment of remembering took place across the U.S. last weekend. The 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 occurred in the midst of unprecedented challenges on many fronts that consume mind, heart and will, making constructive and cooperative progress...
Stepping Towards 51, Looking Back Over 50

Stepping Towards 51, Looking Back Over 50

Today is my birthday. I turned 51 years old. When I hit half-a-century last year during the pandemic, I told my wife that I was looking forward to middle-age. She raised a brow and responded, “Not sure how long you’re planning on living, but you passed middle-age a...
Liberation Requires Direct, Communal Action

Liberation Requires Direct, Communal Action

A Black woman has saved us once again. The moratorium on evictions in the U.S. expired at midnight on July 31, and Congress had no plans to resolve the issue before their six-week break. While life post-vaccine has returned to a sort of normal, the pandemic is not...
July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021

Megachurch Pastor Issues $200k Reparations Payments Each to Survivors of Tulsa Massacre (Black Enterprise) House Votes to Remove Statues of Confederate Leaders from U.S. Capitol (Washington Post) Meet the Faith Leaders Calling for LGBTQ Inclusion in Religion (NBC New...
Not-So-Great Expectations, but Hopefulness

Not-So-Great Expectations, but Hopefulness

Some journalists with The Atlantic were queried about their expectations for this unfolding and uncertain year. Specifically, they were asked to identify issues they will likely explore more fully in the months ahead. Staff writer Anne Applebaum is pondering the need...
The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan Is a Call to Both Prayer and Justice

The Azan, the call to prayer, is heard five times a day in the Muslim world. The person calling out faces each direction, north, south, east and west, declaring the supremacy of God Almighty. The story of the Azan still brings chills to my spine, for it began with a...