Grieving the Week

Friends: In the next two weeks, I’ll be shutting down this small-labor-of-love “livingformations” as I migrate my writing to Medium. You’ll get at least one more essay besides the one I share below. But, PLEASE go to https://medium.com/@jenharvey99/followers and follow me at Medium. There you will receive all the articles I typically share here. Thank you so … Continue reading

#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

When White Guilt turns to White Hate

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

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

If You’re a Cop . . . (or have cops in your life).

Dear Police Officers, Let me share a story that illustrates something like how this should go. A few months ago, my nephew T. was at school. A fellow student was relishing in a bag of Doritos he’d brought for lunch. The student was quickly deluged with other children clamoring for a chance to smell this … Continue reading

When “All” Means None

Dear Fellow White Folk—especially (but not only) White Christians: As a Midwestern Lutheran, I have been to many potlucks. Casseroles and Jell-O salads abound. At their best, potlucks embody a community meal in which everyone contributes, feels at home, has fun, and has their fill. But sometimes people at the front of the line overestimate … Continue reading

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