Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes
Dec22

Brother Alois of Taizé: Interviews with Spiritual Heroes

Welcome to the first post in the ongoing series, Interviews with Spiritual Heroes! Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France, founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, consisting of over one hundred brothers from Protestant and Catholic traditions and about thirty countries across the world. According to Wikipedia, “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of...

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Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice
Dec01

Voluntary Debtorship: A Call to White Christians in Response to Racial Injustice

One of the most vexing problems facing modern society in the United States is rising consumer debt – things like credit cards, auto loans, and student loans.  Recent studies indicate that while home mortgage debt has declined since 2007, consumer debt has reached a jaw-dropping, all-time high of 3.2 trillion dollars. In that sense, we of all people should really have a good idea what it means to be in debt.  When the billing statement...

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How to Respond Well to the Michael Brown Grand Jury Announcement
Nov24

How to Respond Well to the Michael Brown Grand Jury Announcement

Since Michael Brown was shot on August 9, his family, the Ferguson and greater St. Louis, Missouri communities, the nation, and the world over have watched events unfold with some mix of shock, sadness, and fear. The tension in the last few weeks here locally has been palpable, and concerned people on all sides of the issue have eagerly awaited a decision as to whether police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted. It appears the...

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The Battle for Justice Continues: A Confessional
Sep30

The Battle for Justice Continues: A Confessional

In the process of trying to understand the shooting of Michael Brown and the Ferguson (and national) aftermath that’s followed, I recently composed this chart to help myself conceptualize the way people in general seemed to be responding.  After passing this chart to a number of friends and scholars who are either directly involved with community efforts here in St. Louis or somehow indirectly involved through academic discourse or...

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Why I Am Only Telling One Side of the Michael Brown Story
Aug26

Why I Am Only Telling One Side of the Michael Brown Story

As the days have drudged onward since the police shooting of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO, I have been knowingly, overtly, and repeatedly telling a particular narrative as it surrounds the events involved.  So have many others. There has been a predictably large amount of pushback to this narrative coming in a variety of ways and from a variety of motivations, I suspect.  There is also a distinct commonality...

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From One Middle Class White Person to Another: Why We Struggle to Get It
Aug16

From One Middle Class White Person to Another: Why We Struggle to Get It

My social media feeds are abuzz this morning with a host of middle-class white folks who are aghast that there was a brief period of rioting/looting again yesterday in Ferguson.  Their sentiments are something like this: “They got what they wanted – for the Ferguson police to step down –  and they’re STILL rioting??!!” To those who find themselves thinking this sort of thing, I would like to suggest that you are catastrophically...

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Wake Up: Why the Marginalized Riot
Aug11

Wake Up: Why the Marginalized Riot

Author’s Note: If you would like to help contribute something to the Ferguson Jail Support Fund for protesters who have been arrested, you may do so securely by clicking this box.   I am still in the process of forming a true reaction to the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, which occurred just under twenty miles away from my house in a suburb of North St. Louis County two days ago. I am deeply disturbed by what happened. ...

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