Words for the Journey – May 2019

I grew up in a home in Compton, Calif., where my grandmother lived with us. Mama and Daddy were pioneering vanguards in their families’ treks during the Great Migration of African Americans who journeyed from the southern United States to the north and west during the...

Words for the journey — April 2019

Happy Spring!It’s the Lenten Season, and so I’ve been reflecting. Not all of my reflection has been profound, or even profitable (yet), but I make the effort anyhow.  Because that is the invitation of Lent — to reflect, to put aside distractions and perhaps pick up...

‘Haunted, yet hopeful’: DC partners confront history of racism

By Julie Pennington-RussellOn a frigid Saturday morning in February, some fifty women, men and children from First Baptist Church here in Washington, D.C., where I serve as pastor, and from Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Dr. Darryl Roberts—two...

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