On Corporate Confession: A Prayer for Black History Month

Over Christmas break, I was drinking coffee with two of my favorite people in the world (who actually had never met each other). We only had an hour, so there was zero small talk and we went straight to the good stuff like the role of women in the church and diversity and reconciliation and theseContinue reading “On Corporate Confession: A Prayer for Black History Month”

Ok, so I’m racist. Now what?

There’s an article going round on the Huffington Post right now, talking about how racism isn’t just having prejudiced feelings towards people, or saying nasty things about people of another race. It has to do with a bigger system that shapes the way the world works, and who has access to privilege and power, andContinue reading “Ok, so I’m racist. Now what?”

A practical way to help end racism: Learn isiZulu

There’s an article going round on the Huffington Post right now, talking about how racism isn’t just having prejudiced feelings towards people, or saying nasty things about people of another race. It has to do with a bigger system that shapes the way the world works, and who has access to privilege and power, andContinue reading “A practical way to help end racism: Learn isiZulu”

Listening. Really, really listening.

I had an English teacher in high school who made us do listening exercises and not just speeches in English class. “We’re training kids to talk,” he would say, “and there’s too many people talking in the world, and very few people who are trained how to listen.” I’ve heard that in the Isreali-Palestine negotiations,Continue reading “Listening. Really, really listening.”

Pea Soup and Brene Brown

I always picture “shame” like the pea-soup green fog that descends on the town of Chewandswallow in the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  It kind of rises up inside of you and hovers around you like an icky blanket and of COURSE every rational human being would want to avoid it. You’d beContinue reading “Pea Soup and Brene Brown”