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The Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry graduated from Hope College and Princeton Theological Seminary and has pastored urban churches in the NYC, Chicago, and Grand Rapids, MI areas.

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When Justice Forgets: Remembering the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing

(20) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 12:12 PM

In the midst of my writing I have been blessed by those who have reached out to me. One of the people who connected to me is Sarah Collins Rudolph.

I imagine that you don't know her name. I did know the name... and confess that I thought it must...

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When Will the Death of Black Lives Matter?

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:37 AM


Our nation has a gaping ache -- and we don't even know it. It's not unlike someone who goes to the doctor with mild complaints, only to be diagnosed with terminal cancer and dead in a few months. Though our nation will be...

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For Other White Mothers

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:01 PM

I hesitated to use this title, because I know it turns people off. It would be nifty to write one of those "gotta read" pieces and by using this title, I know many stop reading. And that is -- precisely -- my point. Very few of us who are white...

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Testing Our Nation in the Unfinished Work

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:19 AM

The pies are made. My son is home from college. We get to be with friends and family for the Thanksgiving weekend. All is right with the world.

Except it isn't. And it seems that it never will be.

I'm a white mom, married to a white husband, with white...

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Other Mothers' Sons

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:22 PM

I miss my son. In my better moments I smile with gratitude for the 18 years I've been granted with this remarkable young person. In my more wistful moments I tear up, yearning for a quick hug as he passes through the kitchen as I cooked his breakfast, or longing...

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Our Nation Has a Problem (or "Imagine It Is Your Family")

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Our nation has a problem. It is not a "black" problem or a "white" problem -- or any hue in between -- but a human problem that we all succumb to -- and have the power to change. Our beloved nation was NOT "conceived in liberty" OR "dedicated to the...

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Loud Music Doesn't Kill Teenagers

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:08 PM

Loud music doesn't kill teenagers. And yet major news organizations (including ABC, CNN and the New York Times) continue to refer to the alleged cold-blooded murder of Jordan Davis as the "Loud Music Trial." The New York Times referred to the charge of "premeditated murder of a teenager...

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Dear God, Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

(16) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Dear God, do You ever get discouraged? My heart is breaking. I wept when I heard of the bombs in Boston: God, we were just there a week ago! I was grateful that it was a shared grief -- the news and Facebook all joined in grief and prayers. But...

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Love One Another -- Even Those Who Hate

(36) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:47 PM

These past weeks I read what friends have written about gay marriage, gun rights, gun violence, personal rights, etc. I see some friends post pictures that vehemently propose their rights come before life (an "over my dead hands" kind of approach). I see others declare that their right to say...

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Is the Right to Vote Really Worth Fighting For?

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 12:16 PM

I was on the airplane and looked forward to reading Taylor Branch's new book, The King Years: Historical Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. As I opened my Kindle I realized that it offered large excerpts of Branch's previous works -- and was glad that while I have the other...

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For Those Women Who Are Still Undecided Voters the Night Before the Election

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 2:16 PM

I write as a woman in a very Republican family. The Thanksgiving after the last election I was the only one who voted for President Obama of 30 people around the table -- and I suspect that will be the case again, this year. Most of my neighbors will vote...

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MLK, Trayvon and Jesus

(42) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 4:46 PM

April 4 is the 44th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week is Holy Week. So what do Trayvon Martin, Dr. King and Jesus have in common? No, this question isn't the beginning of a bad joke -- the answer is hopefully apparent....

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Is the Life of a Black Boy Worth Anything Today?

(53) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 3:46 PM

Several days ago my friend Michelle Alexander, author of the profound 'The New Jim Crow,' asked via her Facebook page, 'Is the life of a black boy worth anything today?' I wept when I read her question, because I knew the answer. This is an edited portion of what I...

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An Open Letter To Rick Santorum From A Michigan Pastor (And Voter)

(87) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Dear Mr. Santorum:

I live in Michigan and write to you as a sister in Christ. I worship the same Christ as you do -- only radically differently. I have been touched by the stories of your daughter with Trisomy 18. When I was pregnant with our daughter we were...

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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years (A Lament at Christmas)

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 5:23 PM

This Christmas season I yearn to hear the good news -- perhaps a little more than most years. Perhaps it is because I grieve the fracture of good will in our American Congress. Perhaps it is because many Christmas trees (if folks can even afford those) will be pretty bare...

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Wangari Maathai and Why She Matters

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 8:16 PM

Wangari Maathai died Sunday night. Her death diminishes our planet, but her dreams continue. Though most Americans have never heard of her, I invite you to learn why so many of us in the world mourn today.

I met Dr. Maathai in the summer of 2007. My children's school has...

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A Prayerful Request for 9/11

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 1:01 PM

This is a prayerful request for all who are leading or participating in a Remembrance Service this coming Sunday, on 9/11. Please, by God's grace, do not pretend that it's about "us." So often it seems that we in America become fairly egocentric, imagining that we are the center of...

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