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Staying Home: Churcholm Syndrome

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  Growing up, I was in church every Sunday. I sat in our favorite pew. I memorized every hymn. I remembered the scriptures. I sought Jesus the best I knew how. I always knew that something wasn’t right about that space. Oppression came from every direction. I couldn’t get out. I didn’t know enough. Decades […]

The Mentally Ill of Zimbabwe

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  After three days traveling, I was not in the best mental health. Between the mania and depression, I was struggling to figure out how to make it the rest of the trip. Then, a phrase gave me more clarity about where I was.   “Don’t tell anyone you’re mentally ill.” There are few phrases […]

The Real Queers?

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Claiming an identity or category doesn’t make you queer. Anyone can claim anything and be just as normative as anyone else. Oppression is always the chief marker of normativity. Queerness and oppression don’t go together. The real queer shuns oppression for the sake of transformation. Over the last few months, I have watched many fake […]

Social Pain

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  * This interaction is derived from a recent conversation that I had with the Rev. Dr. Garth Baker-Fletcher at his home where he is recovering from hip surgery. A retired professor, Baker-Fletcher is the author of Somebodyness: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Theory of Dignity (1993), Xodus: An African-American Male Journey (1996), My Sister, My Brother (with his […]

The Intern Monologues: Injustice

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  J: What is injustice?   C: Injustice is oppression. Oppression is violence created to keep us in isolation from each other. Injustice hinders us from living into the beloved community where all have the opportunity to be in their fullness. What do you think?   J: Injustice is the incorrect ordering of God’s creation. […]

The Racial Ambiguity of Jesus

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    How far would you go? How far would you go for liberation? How far would you go to save lives? Followers of Jesus are called to go all the way. How could anyone go that far? Jesus shows the way.   “I was hungry…”   “I was thirsty…”   “I was a stranger…” […]

A Land of Nightmares

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    Nightmares follow me or maybe I follow them. I was tossing and turning in a foreign bed. The road is often unkind to me. Event after event leaves me weary. I saw Emily torn to shreds by the bullets of the police. I knew the consequences of standing with Jesus. How did this […]

The Color of Evil

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Scared, Jesus ran away. When evil was on top of him, Jesus refused to fight back. The officers were rough. I guess they didn’t realize who he was or didn’t care. Jesus screamed. Looking up, the color of evil was blue and white. Though he had committed no crime, Jesus was arrested and led away. […]

The God Who Riots

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Jesus couldn’t get the horrific images of police brutality out of his mind. Walking downtown, Jesus was tired of seeing people assaulted and killed. Enraged, Jesus destroyed a police car and other properties. When officers started to show up in riot gear, Jesus gathered his friends together and confronted them. “Get out! Get Out! Get […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #494 Ricky Lewis / April 9, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas Ricky Lewis: “It’s burning.” When the poison started to flow through the needle, Ricky Lewis said that his body was burning. Lewis is just one example of a great many executed persons who have reported a burning […]

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