As a Black woman working in white spaces, my perception of racial dynamics has been questioned, minimized, or denied altogether. Over time, the experience of not being believed, especially by people I thought were my friends, wore away my sense of self. As I entered the professional world and sensed this happening to me, it … Continue reading Why I Love Being a Black Girl
The Salt Collective writers have been profoundly shaped by the theology and life of Dr. James Cone. So we wanted to honor his life and mourn his passing by writing how much he meant to us. For most of my time in the Evangelical world, my passion for justice was, at best, politely tolerated by … Continue reading For All the Ways James Cone Changed Our Faith…We are Grateful
2 months since Marvel Studios’ release of Black Panther and it is now the second-biggest superhero movie in terms of tickets sold, lagging only behind the movie Avengers – its parent project. The critically acclaimed film has won the hearts of a diverse swath of moviegoers of all backgrounds, but it’s no secret that Black … Continue reading Wakanda, Women, and the Black Church
We all create the ministries that we never had. I’ve heard all sorts of people say this in a variety of forms. Sometimes from of place of love and tenderness. At other times the sentiment has been shared from a less pleasant place. The driving philosophy, is that out of our wounds, we give birth … Continue reading The Birth of a New Queer Christian Movement
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.
Despite the growing political divides in our country, our mid-western church has outspoken pro-Trump folks and fiscal conservatives who can’t stand Trump. We have families from different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. We have union Democrats and social justice activists. Now you my be thinking, as the pastor I try to avoid talking about politics … Continue reading Listening to Fox News Made Me A More Effective Progressive Pastor