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Simon the Cyrene – From Bystander to Surrogate

Simon the Cyrene – From Bystander to Surrogate

 “Black folk claim Simon with reference not to geography, but to identity. Simon’s blackness is truth-telling and empowering.”        - Rev. Jeania Ree V. Moore, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the General Board of Church and Society for The United Methodist...

Chris and Jesse, Myth Busting and Ethical Leadership

Chris and Jesse, Myth Busting and Ethical Leadership

In the past weeks we have experience two astonishing arrests. First there was Christopher Paul Hanson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who worked at the national office of the coast guard located in Washington D.C. He was arrested and accused of being a white nationalist...

Money, the Mind and Ministry

Money, the Mind and Ministry

Stewardship is not something we have to do, says Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. It’s something we get to do. Exploring the psychology of giving, stewardship and generosity can give pastors, church leaders, and non-profit...

Conversion Therapy Is a Danger to Us All

Conversion Therapy Is a Danger to Us All

As I sat in the theatre watching Boy Erased, I found my palms beginning to sweat and body beginning to shake. I was surprised. It has been six years since I had been subjected to the pseudo-psychological practice called “conversion therapy” that was being portrayed so...

Litany for Libation for Mental Health

Litany for Libation for Mental Health

Written by Rev. Floyd Thompkins, Jr.; Peter Goldblum, Ph.D.; Rev. D. Mark Wilson, Ph.D. Download Litany for Libation for Mental Health (pdf) For #BlackHistoryMonth All: Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod,Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;Yet...

Warriors, Lovers, and Fathers

Warriors, Lovers, and Fathers

Amidst the swirling, robust conversation around gender, the question is still asked, “What is the role of men? Is anyone still thinking about addressing it? Surely it has changed.” It has. Some of the most drastic changes are around a man’s role as a father, son, and...

Now You Have Touched the Women

Now You Have Touched the Women

“Women have always been at the heart of anti-racist, progressive activism,” says Angela Davis in her memorial lecture for South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. “Now you have touched the women. You have struck a rock. You have dislodged a boulder. You will...

Innovation in the Manger

Innovation in the Manger

Sixty-three years ago, a woman whom others would consider only a maid changed her seat on a bus and therefore changed the world. Rosa Parks’ simple act not only began a process that redefined policy but also challenged the way we think of people and power. We are all...

Custodians of Beauty: Live to Till It

Custodians of Beauty: Live to Till It

I have a complex relationship with the Church. On the one hand, my identity and sense of meaning is deeply rooted in grace through my faith in God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. The Church as the community of faith has been a cornerstone of belonging for me...