Why This Pastor Grieves the Overturning of Roe Vs Wade

Although we knew it was coming, I am terribly grieved by the supreme court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. "But you're a pastor!" you say. "You HAVE to be pro-life." Actually, I'm pro-choice because I am pro-life. Pro WHOLE life. Abortion is a difficult topic to talk about, because, contrary to what a lot of people would have you believe, it’s an extremely complex issue. First of all, taking away ...

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We See You. The Ally Pledge.

We see you and we celebrate you We see the good you do We see the love you share We see the people you serve We hear the names people call you Names that we do not recognize or publicize, lest we legitimize For those names don’t define you We know you by one name: Beloved Child of God Created in God’s own image We don’t pretend to know your pain But when you hurt, we hurt, too We may not ...

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Five Reasons to Oppose Anti-Trans Legislation

Across the country, states are passing legislation that will do untold harm to many, many young people. If you are serious about caring for and protecting children, here are five reasons you should oppose this kind of legislation. https://youtu.be/MTIuorM24uw No child (or adult) should ever be made to feel like life is not worth living because of who they are. No one, especially those of us who profess Christianity, should ever ...

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Black History Month Reading from a Super White Book Lover

So yes, I know that someone as white as I am might not be your first go-to for recommendations for Black History month reads. Mine is by no means an exhaustive list, simply books that I've found educational, inspiring and/or convicting. Check out these books at your locally-owned bookstore. If you are near one of these Black-owned bookstores, be sure and patronize them as you build you expand your reading. ...

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Remembering Pulse Nightclub Five Years Later

Today Is the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. It happened early on a Sunday morning. I remember the day of the week because I woke up to the tragedy as I was getting ready for worship, and it changed the trajectory of what we did and said that morning.  It was also the day of the Tony Awards--the year that Hamilton would sweep those awards, its cast performed ...

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Seven Women who were Firsts

In honor of International Women's Month, here are seven women who weren't just the first women, but the first anyone achieve the following: Anne Edison Taylor was the first woman to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The woman at the well in John 4 is the first person to tell people the Good News about Jesus. Marie Curie was the first person to win a Nobel Prize ...

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Whole-Lifer–not Baby Killer

I'm ever so weary (and offended) by the continued label of "baby killer" targeted at anyone who is choosing not to support our current president. The very flawed premise behind this moniker is that, since the Democratic platform is pro-choice, anyone who supports a candidate from that party is clearly out to slaughter infants. I'm not pro-abortion. I would love to live in a world where no woman ever had ...

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It Gets Better

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. A day reserved for raising awareness, sharing resources and letting everyone know there are alternatives, success stories and reasons to live.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list suicide as the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. It ranks second among those ages 10 to 34 and LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at three times the rate of their straight, cis-gendered ...

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Five Black Female Comics to Watch

For when you want to learn and laugh. Like just about every white person I know, I've been trying to listen and learn and work at becoming an anti-racist activist. The danger we face as we embark upon this journey is becoming so overwhelmed by just how little we've been paying attention, how much we've ignored and what all we've allowed to happen right under our noses, that we just ...

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