Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.

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Don’t Go To Church. Be The Church.   Shortly before being arrested for civil disobedience, I said these words at the Dallas Rally Against Police Brutality in December of 2014:   There is an indictment against our religious communities. That indictment is here tonight. Asking the question… How long? How long must we work? How […]



  God is Dead That’s exactly what I said I feel so alone No one is home Why do I pray To waste the day Why can’t I just be Stay awake with me How will this stop Shots falling Bodies dropping Blood splattering Daddy don’t get shot Out of the mouth of the children […]

The Resurrection of Ms. Shade Schuler


  *Adapted from a post from August 2015.   Less than a hundred feet from residences, local authorities discovered the badly decomposed body of a transgender woman of color. The Dallas Police Department put out a detailed description of the body and asked for help. For weeks, no one seemed to know who this woman […]

The Shirt


The Shirt   * words of comfort for a grieving preacher friend who wore a clergy shirt for the first time at his husband’s funeral.   I laid it out. I waited for the time. I heard you call. I said goodbye.   I went to the shirt. I held it tight. I knew the […]

Dallas Celebrates the White Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


  Growing up in Atlanta, I was well aware from an early age that the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was serious business. On numerous occasions, I traveled to Ebenezer Baptist Church to participate in the annual commemoration services. A few years back, I will never forget Dr. Cornel West warning us about […]

The Times I Lose My Mind


  I once spent over $14,000 on books in one month. I sold and spent anything I could get my hands on. I would’ve done anything to buy more books. In fourth grade, I was paranoid of tornadoes. Day after day, I fought anyone who attempted to force me outside. I once tried to cut […]

Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson Dies in the Custody of the Dallas Sheriff


Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson Dies in the Custody of the Dallas Sheriff   Desperate for help, Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson parked his truck on the curb of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas and ran inside. Upon entering, Hutcheson screamed, “Don’t hurt me, I just need some help.” The deputies tackled him. As Hutcheson screamed that […]

Would Jesus Call the Police?


  Last Tuesday night, someone called the police and reported a homeless man with a dog harassing people in Venice Beach. A short time after police arrived, one of the responding officers shot unarmed Brendon Glenn dead. In the understatement of the year, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck described the shooting as “concerning.” […]

The Genocide of the Mentally Ill


  Jason Harrison is dead. Jason Harrison is not dead because he was holding a screwdriver and made a movement toward Dallas police. Jason Harrison is dead because we live in a society that refuses to value and protect the lives of the mentally ill. If Dallas police officers had engaged the situation with the […]

Prayer at the Dallas 5th Circuit Hearing on Marriage Equality Rally


  Good evening. I want to introduce you to someone. I brought my son Phillip with me tonight. Phillip is two years old. I want Phillip to grow up and be able to grow up and marry whomever the hell he wants to marry. I want Phillip to grow up and be able to love […]