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So much more than Ferguson…

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m trying to maintain blog presence while also resting my hand(s). So today’s post is a reblog from 2014. Unfortunately, the words/sentiment are still relevant. Warning: Sometimes, I ramble. This is one of those times. I recently had a brief email conversation with a colleague who is becoming a friend and an ally. The conversation was, of course, about Ferguson. In one of my rambling responses, I mentioned how I’ve been disconnected from a lot of what’s going on because of my struggle with trying to balance my work schedule with maintaining a healthy Read More

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Writing the Truth of Racial Justice from My White Skin

Today’s post is from a fellow Redbud, Andi Cumbo-Floyd. She is a writer, editor, researcher, and farmer, whose books include The Slaves Have Names and Steele Secrets. She blogs regularly at ourfolkstales.com and andilit.com. — By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. – Hebrews 11:24-25 I read these verses just this morning and felt the zing of truth, of conviction, of calling whip through me.  The question I am sitting with these days is how do I Read More

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Where Are You?

Note: I’m dealing with some arthritis/carpal tunnel issues, so this week’s posts will be a combination of short posts, guest posts and/or reblogs. On Saturday, I attended the UMI (Urban Ministries International) Writers Conference. There were a ton of reasons (all physical) that I shouldn’t go, but I really felt like I was supposed to be there, so I pressed on and made it. UMI CEO, Jeff Wright, presented a devotion to start off the day. Before he was done, I knew I was right where God wanted me to be! I wanted to briefly share his thoughts with you. Read More

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3 Lessons I Learned From Scumbling

I spent Friday evening and most of Saturday and Sunday sitting around a table with seven other people and writing* an icon under the instruction of a gifted iconographer. (*Because icons are seen as a depiction of the Holy Scriptures, the act of creating one is called writing, not painting.) I’m still processing this amazing/formative experience, but there are three thoughts/lessons that are clear enough to communicate to others. #1: Trust the process. Things were going fine until it was time to work on the face of our image of Christ. The way that iconography works, you put down the skin tone Read More

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. . . and then there was Israel and Palestine

So far this week, I’ve shared photos from the Egypt and Jordan legs of my trip to the Middle East. The remainder of the trip was in Israel and Palestine, and I’ve got tons of photos and experiences and thoughts. Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to share those photos. In the meantime . . . This weekend, I’m participating in an icon writing (painting) retreat with a renown iconographer (Joe Malham). So I decided to share photos I took during our visit to the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Countries from all over the Read More

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Life and Art

When trying to think of a title for this post, I was hoping for something clever about life imitating art. But then I wasn’t sure if that was the correct way to describe what I’m going to talk about. Is it life imitating art or more like art predicting life – or something totally different? Then, instead of stressing out over a title, I decided to just write. The 1993 movie “Amos and Andrew” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Nicolas Cage and is a satirical retelling of the 1950s sitcom, “The Amos ‘n Andy Show.” I’ve seen this film multiple Read More

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Beale Street Blues

Today is the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Just two days ago, I stood at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, where he spent his last hours. During my time there, I was able to spend time at the National Civil Rights Museum, reflecting on the sacrifices of Dr. King and so many foot soldiers whose names we may never know. While it seems natural that these would be the thoughts that I reflected on today, I am still feeling the weight of a different Memphis memory that I carried home with me. On Saturday Read More

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Reconciliation Ain’t No Joke

Today is April Fool’s Day, but there’s nothing funny about this post. I usually schedule my posts to publish at 8 a.m. (central time); so as you are reading this, I am probably passing through the Alabama Welcome Center off of I-65 that features a rocket. I and about 45 others are on a coach bus, in the early part of what is called the Sankofa Journey. The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) describes Sankofa as “an intentional, cross-racial prayer journey that seeks to assist disciples of Christ on their move toward a righteous response to the social ills related to racism. Read More