White Silence is Violence

Read on Letterhead Sacred Conversations on Race UCC Racial Justice Dear Pastors and Leaders of the Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota churches of the United Church of Christ, Like so many others, I haven’t slept very well the past few nights. I have been watching the...

An Easter Letter

First, THANK YOU, PASTORS! I see you! You are working extra hours and carrying heavier burdens than most Lenten seasons. Thank you. I see you learning new technologies fast enough to inspire software companies to make upgrades in the middle of the chaos. I see you...

Today’s Troubles are Enough

Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. I feel like I have some kind of whiplash.  Emotional, spiritual, mental…something from these last few years, I mean weeks of upheaval.  I have...

Jesus would not be invited to the dinner party

“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.” Malachi 3:2 My grandmother, Roberta Harris is the queen of hospitality. As an adult I have carried on my grandmother’s...

A Note From a Season of Fewer Clocks

God’s grace and peace to you, beloved in Christ.  As I write these words to you on a(nother) snowy morning, I am almost one month returned from blessed months of sabbatical leave. It was a time for writing, for praying, for silent contemplative labor, and for...

Flipping the Script on the Narrative of Scarcity

I opened my first business when I was ten or eleven years old. I was a lawn mower extraordinaire with an eye for straight lines and clean patterns. And, I was rolling in the money. Maintaining lawns, I soon discovered, was quite a lucrative venture. And so I saved and...