July 21, 2020
iStock / Igor Alecsander A New York City pastor writes about the tradition of resilience in Black churches and how she finds joy in troubled times. Growing up in the Black church, we used to say, “This joy I have; the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.” Joy is unspoken […]read moreabout Taking a lesson from the seed — find joy
July 7, 2020
iStock / Radachynskyi How we measure the investment in organizations can shortchange commitments that different racial, ethnic and cultural communities make to their ministries, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. What does having a financially sustainable ministry mean? The one-size-fits-all answer is simple. The revenue coming in is consistently more than […]read moreabout What does financial sustainability mean in the midst of inequity?
June 9, 2020
Book cover detail from “Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God.” Stories are sacred — especially the stories that are undertold and suppressed, says the author in an excerpt from a new book that tells her own story of rediscovering God as a Potawatomi woman. Languages carry stories. Oral Indigenous societies pass family and cultural stories […]read moreabout Churches need to do the work of welcoming others and their stories
June 9, 2020
Lightstock / Angela Five years after losing friends and neighbors in the murders at Mother Emanuel, an AME pastor writes about the impact on him, Charleston and the nation. I was taught never to question God. In my faith tradition, questioning God was akin to heresy and blasphemy, but there was no one else I […]read moreabout Moving the needle of racial justice is exhausting, vital, ongoing work