I’ve had several conversations during this week that touched on racism and white privilege. Often times the conversation quickly devolved into confrontation as defensiveness (on both sides) percolated to the surface. It’s often difficult for a person of color, as an immigrant, as a woman, as one who identifies as LGBTQ, as a non-Christian, or … More White Male Defensiveness
I have continued to pray and reflect on the elections these past few days, which have been dark, heavy, and painful for me. I have also reflected on my last post, which , in my panic, may have been said too prematurely, too hastily, without sitting in my pain and in others’ pain. Although I believe … More We need to talk.
I am beside myself today. Last night, I only slept for four hours, tossing and turning with fear and anxiety throughout the night. When my alarm rang at 6:30 this morning, I did not want to get out of bed so early, but I knew that on this day, more than many other days in … More Reconciliation: Post 2016 Election Triage
Most high, glorious God Enlighten the darkness of our hearts And give us true faith, Certain hope and perfect charity, Sense and knowledge, Lord, That we may carry out Your holy and true command, No matter what happens tonight And no matter who our President is tomorrow. Give us hope because that will carry us … More Enlighten the Darkness of Our Hearts
With the biggest presidential election in memory just mere hours away, anxiety and tensions are at a fever pitch. Below is a prayer I came across today from our UCC brothers and sisters. It reminds me that underneath all of the violent rhetoric, the threats, and our seemingly outsized concerns is a basic fear. It is a fear … More A Prayer to Help Counter Fear