The rules are the same whether you are dealing with a police officer on the side of the road or random white woman in grocery store. When you are black in America, there is no hiding place, and history is filled with black women and men who dared to disobey these rules of engagement.
Our symbolic shows of solidarity with hurting communities are a great start, but unless we follow that up with actual, tactile action, we are nothing more than spiritual placebos in a world in desperate need of open-heart surgery.
If you're wondering where the student protests and activism of Mizzou, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, and the Paris Attacks collide, I can sum it up I one word - prejudice. More broadly, how we treat those who are suffering and in need is often affected by the color of their skin, the name of someone's … Continue reading Faith in the Face of Terror
[This reflection was written with two thumbs on an iPhone. Please disregard formatting errors... And typos. Disregard typos.] As I was following events that unfolded at the University of Missouri (also known as Mizzou), I came across a video that brought the fierceness of the struggle those students have been engaging home to me. The … Continue reading Pardon the Interruption
The “Kingdom of God” was a reality where the deeply-held assumptions of our world were turned in their heads. Jesus died for this Kingdom. And God responded to his death by inserting a comma where Rome had placed a period. Eternity, not empire, has the final word.
[Given on the Sunday, July 12, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] And the LORD said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said, "See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; … Continue reading Sermon: Remembering the Stories that Form Us
Let's be clear: male privilege and patriarchy are as pervasive as the air we breathe and much like that air, it is often invisible (unless you live in Los Angeles). Male privilege is why a man is a "boss" and a woman is a "bitch." Its why a bunch of men can usurp women's vaginas as community property, bloviating about what they think should be the reproductive rights of women.