Racism


Why Freedom Pilgrimage?

Last June, a few of us in our Germantown Mennonite Church community gathered to talk about ourselves, the community, and race, which in the words of Jim Walls, is “America’s original sin.” I’ve come to feel that is a very accurate way to talk about it. How we might continue to understand what “white” culture […]


Leon Sullivan: Using the Power We Have

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Octavius Catto: Choosing Life and Blessing

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Richard Allen’s Struggle Against Fake News

During Black History Month, the Race & Privilege Committee invites you to reflect on how Spirit and Scripture have come alive in black history in our city. Each week, we will hear a short story of an important black leader in Philadelphia history, and how their life connects to the Scripture passages for that day. […]


Shifting Allegiances, for Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile and…

When I was in high school, my family hosted exchange students. We enjoyed the chance to hear what other people thought about life in small town Kansas (and as Canadians, we sometimes felt self-righteous when out guests thought this country was crazy). One of the clearest things we always heard was how shocking American nationalism […]


You Are Not Who You Vote For

NOTE: I am committing to not writing anything more about the election (after this post). But if you are trying to avoid reading things about Trump, this is not the blog post for you. So this, it seems, is the world we live in. Last week, spurred by fears of immigrants overwhelming their borders, mostly […]


This Summer, Which City Will Burn?

In the summer of 1963, the Catholic mystic Thomas Merton wrote a series of “Letters to a White Liberal.” Later published in his book Seeds of Destruction, Merton’s critique remains unnervingly prescient over fifty years later. Though the language is outdated and sexist, the insight remains. “The Negro finally gets tired of this treatment and […]


Dancing In The Marketplace

Note: This is a continuation of something I wrote a few weeks ago, you can read that here. Can we talk for a minute about love? Not some disembodied false “Christian” love, but the kind that makes us want to get up and dance? The love that brought out over a hundred high school students […]


Prince, Beyoncé, Trump – What a Week!

I’m overwhelmed by what to write about today. In the last week Prince died, Beyoncé released an album, Pennsylvania and other states held primaries that seemed to lock in place our Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees. I attended two anti-Trump rallies. Add all the other things in our world, and so many things happening in the […]


How then shall we live? Vulnerable Spaces of Racism.

Vulnerability is a current theme for me. Brene Brown’s work on living in vulnerable spaces is informing and stretching, perhaps transforming. Sitting in vulnerable spaces allows for new ways of seeing things: Personal relationships? Check. Work? Check. Faith? Check. Racism? I grew up in the South Bronx as a blond-haired, blue-eyed pastor’s daughter, a little […]