Words for the Journey – “Makes Me Wanna Holler”

In 1971, Marvin Gaye released Inner City Blues.  Those of us old enough to remember may recall his song “Makes Me Wanna Holler…” We may also lament that it has been fifty years and far too little has changed for far too many People of Color since the release of this...

The time for silence is over. Let’s make them hear us

Shared at the Vigil for Victims of Asian American Hate Crimes held Sunday, March 21 in Conshohocken Borough, Pennsylvania. My name is Jenna. My full name is Jenna Lee Kim Fredericks Antoniewicz. My given name was Kim Tae Hee in South Korea. I’m an immigrant, was...

Words for the Journey — A Raceless Gospel?

One of the first steps in the journey toward Beloved Community is to take our own experience of baptism seriously by following Jesus as he walks wet into the world. Each of the synoptic Gospel writers is clear in telling us that after Jesus’ own baptism, his first...

Words for the Journey — Women’s History Month

“Black Baptist Women in Ministry and the Principality of Patriarchy” As we march into Women’s History Month, I’ve been thinking about women in ministry, particularly Black Baptist women in ministry.   This area is especially near and dear to me as my wife, the...

Words for the Journey — January 2021

The Adinkra symbol “Mpatapo” or “Knot of Reconciliation” represents the bond, or knot, that binds parties in a dispute or disagreement to a peaceful and harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking following strife.  Because of this, New Baptist Covenant...

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