My friends in Baltimore never talked about racial reconciliation. They only talked about white supremacy and the way the Church was complicit in maintaining the status quo of systemic racism.
“Jesus was not white,” my New Testament professor said emphatically. On the screen beside him appeared a picture of a dark-skinned man with a beard. He reminded me of any one of a dozen adult male relatives I have. I had honestly never thought about the fact that Jesus, as a Jewish man from the … Continue reading The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe & Serving a Brown-Skinned God
I started looking side-eye at my neighbors, people who were good Christians. They gave generously; served sacrificially; talked enthusiastically about God’s love, and embraced white supremacy emphatically.
Recently I met a married woman who wants to write a book about Christian singleness. And as a single woman I smiled and said, “You might find this shocking but nothing could make me happier!” No. No, I didn’t. Actually, the thought made me throw up in my mouth a little. But her comment did … Continue reading Tips for Christian Parenting – from a Single, Childless Woman with a Cat & Plants
When I first moved to Baltimore, I worked briefly as a human resources recruiter for a pair of entrepreneurial Russian immigrants who provided labor for different service industries in the city. On my third day of work, one of the owners of the company and his Latina hiring manager told me not to hire black … Continue reading 5 Ways Latinxs Can Support Black Lives
In truth, I am still recovering. I wish I could say that my journey toward a healthier sense of self had started in the church, but it didn’t. In the church, I was told there was a value for “diversity”–later I discovered that this actually meant that they valued seeing black and brown faces in the congregation, but they did not welcome the leadership of black and brown people as teachers and decision-makers.