UA-40673842-1

Clergy and the Violence of Peace

Peace? / Quora

  It’s a long way from Dallas to Ferguson…but I had to go. I knew you couldn’t follow God and sit on your ass.   The air went out. Fire was all I knew. Sweat poured down my face. God met me there.   When I arrived, I was introduced to the clergy group. One […]

The Wayward Movement of the Movement

1418545212037

I’m sick. I can feel it deep down in my stomach. The comments are eating at me. For the third time in less than a week, I heard a respected activist make a problematic remark. Now, I’m not talking about anything that was misconstrued. I am talking about blatantly problematic remarks. There was the black […]

The Indictment of Jesus in the Flames of Ferguson

Ferguson-Unrest-Police-Car-on-Fire

I have not looked at all the evidence. I only know that an armed police officer named Darren Wilson shot an unarmed man named Michael Brown over and over and over again. I don’t need more evidence. I don’t need more explanation. I don’t need more analysis. I am angry. For a while after the […]

The Violence of Demanding Peaceful Protest: The Missteps of Clergy in Ferguson

Robert-Cohen-Post-Dispatch-street-protest-Ferguson-600x410

“We don’t want anyone getting arrested or lashing out in anger.  It is your job to keep people calm.”  These are the words that a local clergyperson shared with me before I traveled to West Florissant Ave. to participate in demonstrations in Ferguson.  Throughout the night, clergy consistently congratulated each other that everything seemed to […]

The Death in Ferguson

10514519_693608550720004_3105314046858521777_n

“Love is going to fuck you up.”  The ominous words rang out from a woman standing on the street corner.  Pointing at me, the woman declared, “You are going to have to die before you can love anybody here.”  I knew she was right.  The Prophetess of Ferguson reminded me of all the times I […]

The Call to Ferguson

ferguson-protest

The phone rang.  I wasn’t expecting a call so late.  “Would you be willing to go to Ferguson on our behalf?”  I was surprised by the question.  For the last few days, I told numerous people that I would not be traveling to Ferguson.  I didn’t have the money.  I knew I would miss the […]

Prayer for Racial Reconciliation and Justice at Cathedral of Hope

10610641_704791236241351_2175855109742799441_n

We are a church…we are a congregation forged out of oppression and marginalization.  This is a church that is no stranger to violence.  Many of you have experienced violence in your own lives…and against your own persons.  The death of Michael Brown and the events that have followed in Ferguson, Missouri have reminded us that […]

UA-40673842-1