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Racial Reconciliation

White Supremacy And My Black and Asian Daughter

Jonathan Walton | Posted 08.10.2016 | Black Voices
Jonathan Walton

I made peace with the fact that in the United States I could be in the "wrong" at the "wrong" time and be shot and killed by police because a man or woman who feels threatened by my presence and calls 9-1-1. But I certainly have not accepted that for my Black, Chinese and Korean American daughter.

To My White Friend

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Walton

You live in suburban Atlanta and if I went for a run in your neighborhood before I left I would have to ask you a some questions. Do you have a neighborhood watch? Would I be questioned by your neighbors as to why I was there? 

MLK: Remembering the Day, Lessons for the Year

Noelle Kirchner, M.Div. | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Noelle Kirchner, M.Div.

The January holiday has passed, and I wonder if you're still thinking about it. As a parent, I am.

Conversations with William Winter: on education, racism, millennials' obligation to social justice, and Mississippi's place in America

Lamees El-sadek | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Lamees El-sadek

I had long known of his legacy, but I first, personally, met Governor Winter two years ago, shortly after I returned from graduate school to my home, Mississippi.

Peacemaking

Pastor Andy Ballentine | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Pastor Andy Ballentine

I know a cop, a "police officer," as he calls himself. I think an old fashioned job title offers the best description of how he does his work. He is an "officer of the peace."

Let's Talk About Sexism in the Black Church

Eboni Marshall Turman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Eboni Marshall Turman

Without black women administering the ministry, praying for the pastor, teaching the children, singing in the choir, cooking in the kitchen, answering the phones, photocopying the bulletin, and testifying to the goodness of the Lord on Wednesday nights, there is no Black Church.

Rhode Island's Episcopal Church Confronts Historical Ties To Slave Trade

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700...

More Salt in the Wound #Charleston

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I was already reeling from the video of Dominican citizens cutting the hair of a Haitian man with scissors as a crowd ridiculed him in the street for his dark skin. I prayed that the baseball bats and machetes would not be swung.

He Won't Be the Next "Darren Wilson"

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.16.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Jack* and I opted into the discomfort of racism, prejudice and the history of law enforcement in America among black and brown communities and Jesus met us there. We were honest about our fears, limitations and ignorance about the other because of our cultural lenses.

Racism Is Ruining My Marriage

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I told my wife to leave me alone because I was told men like me are not worthy of love and that something is wrong with the women who do. They are less-than by association. I am afraid for my marriage because music and movies tells me if my dad was unfaithful, I will be too.

We Are a Country of Cowards

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

We don't want to talk about race and religion because it might get awkward. We don't want to talk about sex because we might say the wrong thing. We can't speak about gay marriage and climate change because we're afraid of offending someone or sounding too open- or closed-minded. So we talk about work or complain or rave about the latest iPhone.

The Two Groups of People in America

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

What causes pain and grief in my soul is that there are those people deeply saddened and grieving over the loss of another unarmed black male to a white police officer; those able to enter into the grief and complexity of law enforcement.

10 Resolutions for 2015

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

All three meanings of "resolution" are wonderfully attractive to me -- and timely for this brand new year.

Campfires of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you.

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

The Significance of the March on Washington

Michael Wenger | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Wenger

I am blessed to have been among thousands of white college students who participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Lament From a White Father

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Death is horrible enough. But systematic injustice -- one that allows white boys to assume success, yet leads black boys to cower from the very institutions created to protect our own wellbeing -- is a travesty.

Striving For Racial Harmony At Evangelical Colleges

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

If Christian colleges are serious about moving forward in their diversity efforts, they need to listen to and empower the diversity officers on their campuses.

Tod Ewing Of The Washington D.C. Baha'i Community

Jack Gordon | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Jack Gordon

At the end of Black History Month, Tod Ewing reflects on the profound lessons of the past and considers the question "Where do we go from here?" offering a Baha'i perspective on the spiritual dimensions of racial reconciliation.