#WeStandWithSaira

There’s a lot of us feeling excitement and energy about the number of women—especially women of color—running for political office. If you’d read my Facebook newsfeed the day after the New York primaries, you’d have thought I and just about every one of my friends actually lived in the Bronx or Queens. That’s how elated we … Continue reading

History is Happening: What Part Do You Want to Play? It’s Not a Rhetorical Question

Heated debates about civility and moral witness; continuing trauma of separated children and parents; momentous 5-4 Supreme Court rulings on abortion, the travel ban, and unions; Justice Kennedy retiring at the worst possible moment—and that was only 3 days of the news cycle this week! It leaves out so much, such as the most recent example of white police killing … Continue reading

You and I and We

Beloveds…. There is no all-powerful “they” out there who is going to swoop in and stop this. There is no one coming to end these injustices and degradations once-and-for-all. I have to admit something. Each morning, these days, I wake up, and I realize some part of me is holding my breath in anticipation. I’m … Continue reading

When White Guilt turns to White Hate

So, is it okay to be white? The jury’s still out.

When Ashes & Roses Collide— This Valentine’s Day, Love Bigger

 For Christians, two holidays collide on February 14th: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Ashen foreheads alongside bundles of roses and heart-shaped boxes is not an ideal pairing. Being reminded that “we are dust and will return to the dust” is decidedly not an aphrodisiac. Yet maybe this awkward juxtaposition might help people of faith remember who we … Continue reading

Will we fight for our youth?

Dear white adults (like me),   Today at Drake University fliers appeared in random places on campus that said “It’s OK to be white.” This was not an isolated incident. Such signs have appeared on many campuses in recent weeks; this is an organized campaign.   Here’s what we need to know. White nationalists are … Continue reading

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me.

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me. He’s plenty strategic, utterly persistent and clearly a person of deep integrity who’s doing just fine without my help. Look at how much has changed on the NFL sidelines since he first took that barely noticed seat, which soon turned into a widely-noticed knee. More importantly, look at how much … Continue reading

I woke up . . .

I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. to news of Charlottesville. The Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Traci Blackmon, posted last night about members of the KKK surrounding a church where she and other clergy gathered to pray and praise. With torches. Her post pushed … Continue reading

Dear Parents of White Children (Like Me), 2

Dear parents of white children (like me), Imagine with me for a moment, please. Let’s imagine you were living in a world in which there was an epidemic that threatened to abruptly and violently end the life of your son or daughter. It might happen when they were a child. It might happen when they … Continue reading

Let’s Move Beyond Fear of the Words “White Supremacy,” and Say Yes to Racial Justice!

[Friends, in this love letter to white Unitarian Universalists (originally published on Medium), Chris Crass calls his community to choose to stay. To stay and say “White supremacy, you cannot have me. You cannot have my family; you cannot have my faith; you cannot have my congregation.” His words speak well beyond the UUA too, to those of … Continue reading

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