My mother drove me to the polls the first election after my 18th birthday. She was as proud as she had been on the day I took my first steps or learned to read. I was crossing another major milestone. I cast my vote that day, but after that I didn’t vote again for over … Continue reading Loving Our Neighbor Means Voting In Solidarity with Them
I am Arab, Palestinian, Christian, evangelical, Lutheran, and male. Every element of my identity clearly marks and distinguishes me from other groups. In today’s world, especially in a Palestinian context, we are born with these identities, and in many ways, these identities determine our future. We are given religious identities—Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Baha’is—before … Continue reading A Palestinian Christian From the Other Side of the Wall
This story is a reimagining of the Moses’ famous Burning Bush experience. Having escaped to a far flung village outside Egypt, Moses reluctantly decides to return to Egypt to help free the enslaved Hebrew people. It’s my hope that this reimagining of the Exodus story reminds us that uprisings against injustice are as old as … Continue reading The Burning Bush & the Hebrew Uprising: Short Story
Many White Allies are asking themselves, how they can help as the revolution our BIPOC brothers and sister have been needing for centuries, rages on. We march, educate ourselves, sign petitions, donate, amplify BIPOC voices, and show our solidarity and resistance in traditional and creative ways. I attended a recent protest in the primarily White … Continue reading My Black Lives Matter Sidewalk And My Fragile Suburban Neighbors
John Ortberg and I have the same PhD from the same institution, and I worked in student ministries at a church like his – but I have been astonished by how he and his church have responded to the scandal surrounding them.
Where are Black Women and girls safe? Who comes to see about us, except for us? Does Jesus weep for Black girls being harassed on bus stops, assaulted in homes, misunderstood in schools, and forgotten in churches? Does God cry when Black women die? Yes. During Jesus’ ministry he came to the home of a … Continue reading God Weeps for Black Women & We Should Too