Is this America?

By Danielle Ayers “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?” Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer These...

A word for the journey – September 2018

By Phaedra Blocker For me, and perhaps for you as well, September marks a second “new year.” The long days of summer are waning, and many of us have taken well-earned vacations or at least slowed the pace a little. But now, here we are, jumping into “back-to-school”...

Facing history

BY MARK McKENZIE Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas “Daddy, what’s happening in this picture?” The little girl, who must have been 5 or 6, was pointing to a photo on the wall of the new Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala. The black and white image showed a crowd of...

Words for the Journey – August 2018

By Hannah McMahan When I was a little girl, there was an older man in my church who scared me.   Mr. Sanders was stern, unpredictable and would yell at children who made the mistake of stumbling into his path. He walked with a limp. It was a condition that seemed to...

CHARLOTTESVILLE TO JAMESTOWN: A Pilgrimage of Transformation

By Rev. Dr. Liz Emrey On two sweltering days of August last year, our community in Charlottesville experienced firsthand how the poison of racism can infect, divide and kill us.  The death of Heather Heyer and the injury of dozens more when a white nationalist...

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