Undoing Racism

Comprehension is Not a Prerequisite to Compassion

Are there any more words that can be written or spoken after the violence of the past ten days? Certainly none that can bring back Anton Sterling or Philando Castile or Delrawn Small or Sandra Bland; none that can crumble this violent system of white supremacy to its foundations overnight; none that can heal the physical, emotional, and mental wounds caused by the systemic and systematic violence that we have seen and remembered in the last week. There are no words that can right these injustices, yet words that change minds and actions that challenge systems are the effective and nonviolent tools we have to dismantle the system of white supremacy upon which the United States is built, the system that denies that Black Lives Matter.

Constant Tending over Time

Praise the people who are able to keep regular schedules to tend the garden in the midst of community and family life; they are truly the ones who help it grow. More broadly, they are what makes community possible for more than just one season. An update from the Alianza Peace Community in Chicago.

Rev. Osagyefu Uhuru Sekou: "Faith in the Age of Ferguson"

Rev. Sekou delivers the keynote address at the 2016 PPF Peace Breakfast in Portland, OR.


A Prayer for This Week: For an End to Terror

Holy One,

In a week when praying feels like the only thing we can do, words are hard to find. Yet somehow we pray, with words, with tears, with sighs too deep for words.

We pray for all people and places that have experienced the terror of violence this week as the aftershocks of fear and grief reverberate through bodies and buildings:

          For the 43 people in Beirut and the 129 in Paris who were killed by Daesh;

Bree Newsome, A Flag, and Faith

On Saturday, June 27, Bree Newsome recited Psalm 23 as she was being arrested for removing a symbol of war, injustice, and fear from a place of honor on state government grounds. An act of civil disobedience. An act of peace. I have read Psalm 23 countless times. Bree lives it better than I ever have.

A poem for peacemakers of privilege (and I count myself among them)

We have chained our racist demons
With the chains that held our slaves
But our demons are still our demons
And our slaves are not yet free...

The Doctrine of Discovery

If you are reading this right now and you have no idea what the Doctrine of Discovery is, it’s okay. It is
not a term that comes up in conversation very often. History teachers don’t devote lesson plans to it.
Pastors don’t craft sermons about it. And theologians give very little thought to it...

"God is Love"

"It seems to me that loving our brothers and sisters means, at the very least, listening to them. I hope that we are listening to the cries coming out of West Baltimore, the cries of anger, pain, hopelessness, and despair, the cries for racial and economic justice, the cries for respect and dignity. Only then can we begin to understand what is going on in our beloved city." (excerpt from "God is Love," a sermon preached by the Rev. Roger Scott Powers on May 3, 2015)

"Love in Action" (following the death of Freddie Gray)

The African-American activist and public intellectual, Cornel West, says that “justice is what love looks like in public.” For me, last week, putting love into action looked like joining in a nonviolent march for justice for Freddie Gray. We were black and white, young and old, Christians, Jews, and Muslims – all marching together.

Whipping Wall Street

Rev. Aric Clark looks at the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple courtyard of the money-changers and considers how it relates to contemporary protest movements.