Category Archives: Social justice

Meditation on a Theme

  Constance Merritt’s brilliantly crafted villanelle has great resonance at this moment we are living in. It invites reflection that will empower us for the work of resistance and renewal. Her poem teaches us that we must create a world …

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Becoming Love Medicine

I stood there in the Norman Manley Airport of Kingston, Jamaica. My small 11-year-old palm connected to my lanky brown hand held tightly on to my mother’s full warm palm center.   What do you do when your home and …

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For Freedom’s Sake: Ending Child Sexual Abuse in Black Churches

I am a freedom fighter, writer, minister, scholar, and survivor of child sexual abuse. I am also the founder of Children of Combahee, a newfound project through the Just Beginnings Collaborative that mobilizes against child sexual abuse in Black church …

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“But Those Were Just Words”: Things We Should Stop Saying After This Election

By Jameelah Jones, M.A. This commentary originally appeared on Jameelah Jones’ Medium blog.  I won’t type the presidential election results because you already know them. For 24 hours, I didn’t know what so say. For many of us who do …

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Treading Water: The United Methodist Church’s Latest Plea

    As I watched the business of the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, my mind flashed back to my childhood. I remembered being a lifeguard. I used to teach people how to tread water. This was …

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Wave of restroom laws hearken back to Jim Crow

  Remember when our people were highly restricted in the use of public restaurants, restrooms, and water fountains? We had to plan ahead. We carried our own food and beverages, arranged to stop at someone’s house to use the bathroom, …

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Why I can’t forget my blackness

The discomfort of being THE black guy in the room is something that I have to negotiate over and over again. Often—especially in progressive and/or queer political spaces— I am one of very few people of color. In practice, the …

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Meet me at the intersection of love & justice

Contrary to popular belief, there is power and hope at the intersection of race and LGBTQ life. As a Black, same-gender loving woman who is a pastor, Bishop and activist, I can solidly say that my wife, children, grandchildren, and …

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The Black church: Bold and bad enough to accept and affirm

The Black Church has been a strong pillar of the community. I pray that it will have the courage not only to accept, but affirm its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children. The recent VH1 segment, Out in Hip Hop: …

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Your human rights don’t infringe on my religious freedom

There’s a stink in the air, the putrid smell of Christian elitism framed as “religious freedom.” The Christian right in America has been successfully bullying non-religious and religious minorities for centuries. From the colonization of this country to the civil …

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