The Jesus of Our Making

The Jesus of Our Making

A friend was lamenting the overt racism, loss of truthfulness and the absence of compassion in American society today. Prompting the answer that I knew he knew, I asked: “And from where do these attitudes and actions come?” “Church people,” he said sadly and...
A Mass Shooting at My Mother’s Supermarket

A Mass Shooting at My Mother’s Supermarket

“Starlette! There’s been a shooting at TOPS and mama’s not answering her phone!” This is how I learned about the most recent mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. The youngest of three children, my sister was crying and concerned that our mother, who had left to go...
The Feeling Is Still on My Cheek

The Feeling Is Still on My Cheek

It was 83 years ago this Easter, April 19, that Marian Anderson gave her memorable concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Wearing her fur coat on a cool, damp and drizzly afternoon, she began to sing: “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee, I sing.” Six...