We often stay silent and do nothing by convincing ourselves the offense isn’t actually that offensive. Sometimes we don’t speak up because the injustice doesn’t affect our daily lives. We don’t understand the impact of a law or the injustice inflicted on others because it doesn’t impact the people closest to us or it isn’t … Continue reading The Bible Tells Us to Speak Up Against a Corrupt Government
A few weeks ago my church hosted a table at a community festival for LGBTQ people in our city. As is the case at many gatherings like these, the event was interrupted by protesters holding grotesque anti-gay signs and shouting epitaphs of judgment through a scratchy sound system. Like us, they purported to be Christians. … Continue reading Wresting with Holy Anger After Our LBGTQ Festival was Interrupted by Anti-Gay Protesters
It’s easy for me to resent my Jewish background sometimes. It’s the biggest reason I still feel like an outsider around Christians.
I have a lot of keys. Keys to my Chicago home. Keys to my Houston home. Keys to my church. Keys that I can’t even remember what they unlock. For me keys are important enough that I keep them on different rings to separate them by their purpose, but insignificant enough that I often lose … Continue reading The Right of Return
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
“Hi, I’m Suzanne, and I’m skeptical of white women.” Let me repeat that a little louder for the white women in the back—“I’m Suzanne, and I am skeptical of white women.” If you’re a white woman and still reading this, hooray! Most stop listening after hearing those words, so kudos to you. If you’re a … Continue reading The One Thing I Say That Pisses White Women Off