The Pastoral Is Political: White Folk, Are We Brave Enough?

White Folk, Are We Brave Enough?* Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  (John 12: 25, NRSV) Jesus is a strong (and long) talker in John’s gospel.  John takes this saying that is found in similar forms across all four… Read More

The Pastoral Is Political: Remembering Dr. Vincent Harding

This week I am remembering the home-going of Dr. Vincent Harding, who died on May 19th, 2014 at the age of 82.  Historian, Freedom Movement activist and visionary, teacher, husband, father – Dr. Harding was a beloved mentor to many. And to me. I met him at Iliff School of Theology in 2006, where by… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: We (White Folk) Are Legion

“Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’” Mark 5:9 The Iliff School of Theology recently interviewed me for their new alumni blog.  In the interview (which you might read, because – hi! – I’m new here) I talk about organizing white folk for racial… Read More