July 7, 2016, 04:05 pm
He was walking in his hoodie, carrying Skittles and an ice tea. He was selling cigarettes. He was selling CDs. She was pulled over for changing lanes without signaling. He was pulled over for a broken taillight. He was walking down the stairs, because the elevator was broken. He was standing on his front porch. She was sleeping on her grandmother’s couch. She was standing with her boyfriend on a corner.
January 10, 2016, 03:25 pm
Before the creator God said, “Let there be light, let there be creatures;” before the Creator said, “Let there be humankind in our own image;” before the Word that was God was calling us into being; before God made the human one from the earth and blew the Spirit of Life into lungs animating and inspiring the first people; before that…
August 9, 2015, 01:20 pm
April 3, 2015, 09:56 pm
Sometimes it feels like death is all there is.
On a Kenyan university campus, 147 students massacred and another 79 wounded. Christians separated from Muslims and picked off like skeet in a shoot. A militant group—Al Shabaab—proudly takes credit for the carnage.
March 1, 2015, 05:50 pm
My grandmother’s birthday was yesterday. She would be 102. When I was a little girl, I thought there was a river running around her one-story white clapboard house on the hill, with black trimmed awnings reaching toward the sky. I grew to understand that there was no river; it was a ditch for runoff. And the hill was just a little high ground to avoid flooding.
February 1, 2015, 07:00 am
Right after the Rodney King violence in LA, I was in graduate school and had cut my hair in a short afro to make it easy to care for. I lived on the Jersey Shore and almost every day driving to Princeton, a police car—at least one—would follow me, ease up on me, check my plates, and sometimes pull me over, the shock registering on their face when I was a woman.
January 10, 2014, 02:29 pm
Scripture says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.” Such a radical idea that both the prophets Micah and Isaiah describe it. Take the things that do violence, melt them, and reshape them into the tools that give life. We will do just that, as we invite you to join in celebrating the non-violent legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 12, 2013, 05:01 pm
The World Wide Web. The Internet. Twenty years ago, my friend Jim told me it was coming. An encyclopedia of information from around the globe. Search engines that could find anyone and anything. A network of resources beyond my imagination at my fingertips. And, a thing called email. Wow!
November 6, 2013, 01:38 pm
On earth as it is in heaven. We pray this every Sunday. We name our God as Holy Parent, just like Jesus did, and then we ask for it to be on earth as it is in heaven.
October 1, 2013, 11:33 am
Michelangelo's painting, "The Creation of Adam," has always taken my breath away. Adam is depicted reclining in the garden; a beautiful face and strong masculine body, his left arm resting on his left leg as though it is too heavy to bear. His hand as graceful as any dancers, almost, but not quite touching the hand of God. God is in heaven, with angels all around him, one tucked underneath his left arm, while his right extends beyond heaven toward the human.