White people are not more likely to die at the hands of police

I keep seeing many white people posting things like “more white people have been killed by police than black people”. In saying so, they seem to assume that they have magically dismantled the whole reason why #BlackLivesMatter exists. Of course it does no such thing. While that simple fact is true, clearly people are not taking any time to think about basic demographic proportions in the United States when making their statements.

The time for justice is now: November 12, 2014 at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. at 12:30 p.m

Brothers and Sisters, the time for justice and truth to break loose in our society has always been right now. We cannot afford to merely remember the courageous actions and words of our heroes of the past like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ida B. Wells, we must embody the spirit of that struggle ofContinue reading “The time for justice is now: November 12, 2014 at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. at 12:30 p.m”

(Fixed Link) New Christian Century Post : Navigating the waters of post-Christendom visions

“for, between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest, possible difference—so wide that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked.” (Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass) It seems like everywhere youContinue reading “(Fixed Link) New Christian Century Post : Navigating the waters of post-Christendom visions”

Beyond White Privilege (Full text is at “Taking Jesus Seriously”

(Reminder: My blog home has moved. However, here is the first half of my recent post. The link to the full article can be found at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to add my new blog home “Taking Jesus Seriously” to your RSS feed to keep up, which can easily be done fromContinue reading “Beyond White Privilege (Full text is at “Taking Jesus Seriously””

If You Missed It Live, Here’s the Recording: #MennoNerdsOnRace Panel Video

We had an excellent conversation on Race, Racism, Injustice, Reconciliation, and how following Jesus should make a difference in a racialized society, while specifically considering how Anabaptist communities have been wrestling with these issues in North America. We dialogued about how we were all living and learning into a new way that renounced and resistedContinue reading “If You Missed It Live, Here’s the Recording: #MennoNerdsOnRace Panel Video”

Detailed Instructions (and options) for Watching & Participating in the #MennoNerdsOnRace Event

Please take a moment and read over the instructions to actually participate in the live event on Race, Mutuality, & Anabaptist Community this Thursday. Here are detailed instructions for how to log in when it starts, as well as how to propose questions for the panel. We know many people have not used Google hangouts before soContinue reading “Detailed Instructions (and options) for Watching & Participating in the #MennoNerdsOnRace Event”

A Selection from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Poem “Who Am I?” – written in 1944 while in prison

Who am I? This man or that other? Am I then this man today and tomorrow another? Am I both all at once? An imposter to others, but to me little more than a whining, despicable weakling? Does what is in me compare to a vanquished army, that flees in disorder before a battle alreadyContinue reading “A Selection from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Poem “Who Am I?” – written in 1944 while in prison”

Emptying Whiteness: Engaging In Absurd Christian Social Performance

The reality of whiteness affording privilege in America continues to be a touchy subject in our nation. While many (not all) would agree that minorities are marginalized and discriminated against, somehow the idea of some necessarily being disadvantaged does not automatically translate into privilege for those who enjoy dominant places in American society. The truthContinue reading “Emptying Whiteness: Engaging In Absurd Christian Social Performance”

Kony 2012: American Atrocities, Simplistic Solutions, and Christ Crucified

I shared a couple tweets on the subject, but other than that I have not really said much about the Kony 2012 agenda. I have mixed feelings critiquing the movement, because on one hand I do see the impact of Kony and the LRA as horrific and needing appropriatehuman response and on the other handContinue reading “Kony 2012: American Atrocities, Simplistic Solutions, and Christ Crucified”